Interview: Sherlock

Today we’re joined by Sherlock. Sherlock is a wonderful writer who specializes in short creepy stories. Her stories are published mostly on WattPad. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

Well, I’m basically a crappy armature writer who uploads story that are creepy to wattpad.

What inspires you?

Everything. For my one-shots, it’s random songs I hear. For my science fiction, bands like Starset and shows like firefly. Fantasy, random little sassy comments I make in my head.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I grew up reading all kinds of books with my mom and dad. Writing is a little hobby of mine I use not to scream my head off or hide in my room all day.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I usually include an aro-ace girl with an attitude, or some sort of sassy character.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

It’s gonna be crap for… probably ever. But do it. Serious, just don’t reread it.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Very sex-repulsed aromantic

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not really in my field, no.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

I’M NOT A FRIKKIN’ PLANT

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Don’t come out to the Fundamentalist Christian bully first. It’ll discourage you FOREVER

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

https://www.wattpad.com/user/ImAFrackingAlchemist

And I might upload on my Tumblr soon too.

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Thank you, Sherlock, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Atiya

Today we’re joined by Atiya.  Atiya is an incredibly talented visual artist who has a fascinating style.  She describes it as combining surreal and horror.  It’s quite interesting to look at, as all good art is.  Atiya is currently in the proces of getting her graphic design degree and judging from her work, she’s got a very bright future ahead of her.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

My artwork definitely falls into the surreal/horror genre if I had to classify it as anything. I like my work to be pretty but I like to have that added element of something being off. I feel like people don’t realize that there is beauty in the bizarre.

What inspires you?

I take my inspiration from several different places. Some popular Japanese visual artists such as Shintaro Kago, Kazuo Umezu, and Junji Ito. Other independent artists (there are way too many to list) but just to name a few: Tiia Reijonen, Kaina Lacerda, and k00ps. Music is another big inspiration for me. Lately, I’ve been taking inspiration from Melanie Martinez, aeonfux, and Babeo Baggins.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been drawing ever since elementary school but I didn’t realize I had a knack for it until about seventh grade. I never truly believed I could make it as an artist so I started focusing more on pursuing writing as a profession once I was in high school. I didn’t really sit back and decide that I wanted to create and sell art for a living until I started drawing again and teaching myself how to make art digitally. I started following a lot more artists online and I realized that it was possible with enough dedication and hard-work.

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Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Hm. I guess the most noticeable “feature” of any of my work would be my emphasis on eyes. Multiple eyes, spider eyes, one eye, etc. It’s something I like to add in to most of my work if I can.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

JUST DO IT. You may think it’s impossible, you may have people in your life bashing your dreams, and you may hit roadblocks (scratch that, you WILL hit roadblocks) but it’s overcoming these obstacles that will make your work bigger and better. Take everything a step at a time but never lose sight of the big picture.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual/Panromantic

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Thankfully, I’ve yet to encounter anyone that’s made my sexual identity into something that I should be ashamed of. The fantastic thing about most of the art world is that it’s full of so many different people from all walks of life. People seem more accepting of others, regardless of their orientation.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Probably that a romantic relationship can’t flourish or survive without sexual intimacy. It’s something that is not only a flawed concept but something that makes members of the ace community feel like they’ll never have a meaningful relationship without compromising a part of themselves that they shouldn’t have to. Romantic relationships are possible without sex. Romantic relationships can be just as meaningful without sex.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Being ace is difficult, especially considering a lot of people both in and out of the LGBTQ community don’t understand it but embrace that part of yourself and don’t feel like you have to explain or defend your orientation. If it feels right to you then that’s all that matters. You don’t need validation from others.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Several places! The biggest one would be my art blog: ambartist.tumblr.com
There I have links to my Teepublic, Redbubble, and Society6 pages where you can view and purchase my work. I also have an Instagram account for in-progress things: AMBARTIST

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Thank you, Atiya, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

Signal Boost: Dreamlords

Hey everyone!

I’ve got super exciting signal boost: a short film directed by a ridiculously talented asexual filmmaker.  I interviewed Britty Lea for the site a while back and was incredibly impressed with her enthusiasm and passion.  When she contacted me about a signal boost, I was like, “Oh hell yes!”

“Dreamlords” has a fantastically original premise and the cast is compromised mostly of women.  A movie directed by an asexual woman, starring mostly women.  And it’s a genre movie!?

Here’s a synopsis:

In a world where dreams are sold as drugs, Theo wants to be a Dreamlord and goes up against the woman who runs it all.

Britty is currently raising funds to get this movie made.  If you could donate anything, it would be very much appreciated.  Seriously, we need more asexual voices in filmmaking.  Please, consider supporting this film.  It’s going to be amazing.

Here are some links where you can get some more information (and donate)

The Indiegogo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dreamlords#/story

Tumblr: http://dreamlordsfilm.tumblr.com/

The Tumblr also has links to the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.  Come on, aces and ace allies!  Donate, signal boost, tell everyone you know.  Let’s help this ace get her film made!

Interview: Rose Titus

Today we’re joined by Rose Titus.  Rose is an author whose novella, “Night Home,” was released by Bathory Gate Press and is available through Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble online.  Rose tends to write mostly horror and has a regular feature in Blood Moon Rising, an online horror magazine.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am a writer, but not a full time writer, I have a day job to support myself since I don’t make much from writing … like most writers and artists!  Anyway, I’ve had short stories published in literary magazines such as Lost Worlds, Lynx Eye, Bog Gob, Wicked Wheels, Weird Terrain, Blood Moon Rising, The Dead River Review, Mausoleum, and many others…  I have a regular feature in Blood Moon Rising called “The Rose Files,” which is basically “True Scary Stories From Life.”  My novella “Night Home” has recently been published with Bathory Gate Press and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble .com, and Smash Words.  I write mainly fantasy and horror fiction, but also since I’ve had the experience of restoring a classic car I’ve had articles published in antique car magazines as well.  I also consider the old car project sort of a creative endeavor, by the way.

What inspires you?

Everything … every small thing that occurs in life is an inspiration.  Every little thing in life has significance, even if most people fail to notice.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always loved to read, but while reading someone else’s story or book, I often found myself saying, ‘I could have done this better.’

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not really, but perhaps you would like to refer to my Author Rose Titus Facebook page.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

It sound like a cliché, but, “don’t quit your day job, kid.”  Work all day, do creative stuff at night.  Stay sober, don’t get into drugs.  Too many creative people go down that path.  It leads to nowhere.  And just because you’re talented is no guarantee you’ll be famous overnight.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Aromantic Asexual.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I am aware that there is so much horrible ignorance out there, and the stories I have heard from others, threats of rape, threats of death … I just don’t tell very many people.  I let people believe I’m nothing but a tragic spinster … with a cat.  I’d rather they simply just pity me than waste my time trying to explain.   I don’t anticipate many people of my personal acquaintance will be aware of the “Asexual Artist” project since very few people (in real life) that I associate with are even aware that asexuality exists, and probably won’t see this online anyway … 🙂  That is, I don’t anticipate many people of my acquaintance will even notice this, so go ahead and put it on your website, girl … (Oh heck, most people in my life don’t even know I had a book published because they will say, ‘you write about vampires!  Eeek!’ and wave crosses at me!)

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we don’t exist, that we have no emotions, that we can’t be creative because of the myth that creativity “comes from the sex drive” – maybe for some people it does, but creativity can exist on its own, also … plus the usual stupid stuff, ‘you just need a good rape to straighten you out,’ etc.  People are terribly uneducated, so this is why these projects are important.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Just be yourself, don’t worry about trying to be like everyone else.  And be careful who you tell.  People can be a lot stupider and more vicious than a lot of young people realize.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Please look up Blood Moon Rising magazine online (http://bloodmoonrisingmagazine.com/index.html) to see some of my work – it’s a great online horror magazine that’s been around for about ten years with a lot of good writing.  Please look for my book on Amazon.  And if you would like, please visit my author Facebook page.

Thank you so much Rose for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: S. C. Persson

Today we’re joined by S.C. Persson.  S.C. has a very interesting and unique style.  She’s a woman of horror, a genre I have an infinite amount of fondness towards, and finds a lot of beauty in darkness.  The images she sent to go with her interview are dark but incredibly interesting to look at.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

Well, I’m a visual artist — I paint and draw.  My art is very important to me.  Since I was young, I was riddled with a dark sense of creativity, and always found it incredibly satisfying to let it out on paper for other people to see.  The genre of my art is, I’d say, in the morbid/horror region, though I work outside of that as well!

What inspires you?

To put it briefly, everything and anything.  Specifically, I’m inspired by other artists, be it through music, visual art, photography, literature, etc.  Another person’s creativity fuels me.  Another inspiration is nature.  Although I don’t draw much nature in itself, I consider it nature’s art, and it ties in with what I just explained.

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What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always loved drawing, and creating my own things.  I hated coloring books when I was little because it felt like plagiarism.  I was always investing my time in trying to come up with my own characters, my own stories, anything original that I could take full pride in.  So I guess it’s all just come naturally to me—I feel like I was meant to create.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

My signature is kinda cute!

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This is the best photo I have of it offhand, but as my alias is S. C. Persson, I write S. C. Per and add a sun at the end.  Originally, I just shortened my last name and added the sun because my nickname is Sunny, and I wanted to incorporate it.  My boyfriend later on pointed out that it happened to work perfectly with my surname.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep going.  Seriously, keep going.  You’re not too young.  You ARE good enough.  Don’t quit because you see other artists that are better than you.  There will always be someone better.  Practice as much as you can, and put your heart into it.  The rest falls into place, I promise.  Never give up for any reason.  Keep going.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m full-blown asexual!  I’m also panromantic, if you were curious.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

In the art field, no, I can’t say I’ve dealt with much of it.  That said, there is a lot of sexual themes in a lot of art, and that can make me uncomfortable.  I don’t blame artists for appreciating that subject, I’m just not into it.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That it isn’t an “orientation.”  I hear a lot of “so you don’t like sex, why do you need a label for that?”  People don’t get the difference between asexuality and a low sex drive, and that’s a huge problem.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

You are not broken, and there is NOTHING wrong with you.  I stress it so much because that is the single most important thing to remember.  That, and you are relevant.  Don’t let anyone tell you that your (a) sexuality (esp if you’re demi or gray) isn’t a thing, or that you just want attention.  At the end of the day, sex is nothing more than an activity.  You wouldn’t torture yourself over disliking skiing or sewing, so why do it with sex?  It’s not the end of the world.  I mean it.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I have a website, mutationart.com that you can check out!  It’s linked with mutationart.tumblr.com (it’s actually the same thing), so you can follow me and keep up with what I’m doing. 🙂  I also have a facebook page, which is just facebook.com/mutationart.  I’m working on getting more and more active on both, so stay tuned for that!!

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Thank you so much, S.C., for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Darcie Little Badger

Today we’re joined by Darcie Little Badger.  Darcie is a wonderfully talented Apache writer who writes short fiction in the the horror and dark fantasy genres.  Her work has recently appeared in Strange Horizons, Vignettes from the End of the World, and Dark Eclipse.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I write speculative fiction, stories from my daydreams and nightmares. Favorite genres include horror, dark fantasy, and fantasy. Though my published work is all short-form (< 10,000 words per story), I’ve been planning a humor/mystery/horror novel for several years; that project will begin in earnest after I complete my scientific dissertation. By day, I study phytoplankton genes.

What inspires you?

Besides those pesky daydreams and nightmares, my greatest inspirations are other authors. I read horror fiction nightly – haunting lullabies! When something really frightens me, my eyes sting and well up with tears. It’s an unconscious reaction, much like the tingly foot sensation some people experience on roller coasters. Anyway, teary-eye-resonant stories and the people who write them are definitely inspirational. My favorite horror is subtle, thoughtful, and beautiful. Diverse characters are a plus. Stuff containing stereotypes and/or edgy-to-be-edgy material won’t impress.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since the day I picked up a crayon and scrawled my first word, “love,” across a piece of construction paper. You can thank (or blame – your choice) my mother for that aspiration. Every night, when I was a toddler, she read nursery rhymes from thick, illustrated books, and when we ran out of rhymes, she invented new ones. Mom is also a Lipan Apache storyteller. During my childhood, she regaled school classes, scout troops, and library groups with the adventures of Trickster Coyote. While listening to my mother, I fell in love with language, especially its power to spread imagination.

My interest in dark fantasy/horror fiction emerged early, courtesy of two popular horror series. As a kid, I enjoyed R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, with the original illustrations by Stephen Gammell. If you haven’t seen Gammell’s work, be forewarned: it’s scary.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Most of my speculative fiction occurs in the same alternate reality world, an Earth that’s similar to ours but stranger. While reading my stories, look for references to a mysterious woman named Maria …

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Here’s my advice to aspiring writers: read and write voraciously, and remember that editing is an important part of writing. Very few people can create a nearly perfect piece before revisions. Above all, don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Abide by the old saying: if at first you don’t succeed, try and try (and try and try and try times infinity) again. You’re embarking on a difficult journey, but if you love to write, the trials are well worth the triumphs.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have not experienced ace prejudice in my field. Hope I never do!

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The “just a phase” misconception was common during my early twenties. I’ve also heard some people say that asexuality doesn’t really exist, and I’m not referring to “nothing exists” existential philosophers.

Well, my sexuality is not a phase, and I definitely exist inasmuch as anybody exists – whether or not we’re all figments of a really long dream is a discussion for another, stranger interview!

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Polonius (from Hamlet) had a point when he said, “This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

You aren’t unnatural. You aren’t broken. You are part of a wonderfully diverse spectrum of people. And most importantly, you are not alone.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

For an updated bibliography and sporadic posts, please visit my blog at https://darcielittlebadger.wordpress.com/ I have a new stories on the horizon, so stay tuned!

I’m also on Twitter @ShiningComic

Thank you so much, Darcie, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Peachdust

Today we’re joined by Peachdust.  Peachdust is an amazingly talented illustrator from Switzerland.  She works mostly in traditional mediums and has some truly lovely watercolors, as you’ll see.  She’s a versatile artist who also writes and does cosplay.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

My art is all about illustration: I try to capture things and feelings, it’s like going around with a butterfly net! I mostly use traditional media: watercolors and nib pens, so everything feels vintage and nostalgic in my art. I also write a lot, especially dark short stories.

There is usually a huge behind-the-scenes process for me that I take sheer pleasure in, be it learning a new instrument or painting a mural. I also do cosplay.

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What inspires you?

Culture: varying in time period and place. I’m a huge History nerd and I like going to museums. Adventure inspires me, and lots of movies and books. I like silent films, sail ships, ballet… the list goes on, touching many things like goth, steampunk, even the Winnie the Pooh books.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always done this from day one. I think what motivated me to keep wanting to be an artist was the artists I admired and their work, which kind of made me wish to be on their team. Their cool, cool team.

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Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Sometimes I hide the word DUCK as a tribute to an artist I admire.

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t just follow any piece of advice, separate the bad from the good: let go of the first, apply the second. Challenge yourself with complicated things, they’re a big “level up”.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Heteromantic Asexual. And I think I might be androgynous or genderfluid.

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Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I came out to the right people: and they’re all really nice. I’ve once faced a very ignorant conversation with two friends, and felt cornered by their questions and opinions but they apologized at once when I told them I wasn’t enjoying it. But still, people are 100% peaceful where I live, even though I don’t care what others think. The secret to life, folks!

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Maybe that asexuals are just shy virgins. The second one is that we don’t exist or that we can’t fall in love because love is always sexual. Little do they know, heheh.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Just be who you feel like you are today. It might seem like everyone else is partying hard but it’s not true. Make lots of jokes and puns too, say things like “asexual pirates aren’t interested in your booty”. Don’t obsess about it because there is so much more to life than sexuality and this wasn’t really your fault, it’s just who you are.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Always at www.peachdust.deviantart.com!

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Thank you, Peachdust, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.