Why my interest in writers? Well, I'm one, and many of my friends are writers. I know what it's like to write. I'm interested in the creative process. I'm fascinated by the disparity between who we are on the outside, and what we have bubbling away inside us.
I think it's a short story writer's duty, as well as writing well about emotions and characters, to write story.
The inspiration to write? Perhaps it's not so much inspiration, as a NEED to write. I get itchy and guilty and dissatisfied when I haven't written for a while. Ideas come to me and need to be written down.
The market for short stories is hard to break into, but a magazine editor isn't always looking for big names with which to sell his magazine - they're more willing to try stories by newcomers, if those tales are good.
Well, to be honest I think I'm a better short story writer than a novelist. Novels I find very hard, hours and hours, weeks and weeks, of conscious thought - whereas short stories slip out painlessly in a few days.
I find it hard to take straight fantasy, as I don't believe in magic or the occult, and hard SF leaves me cold because I don't like reading pages and pages of science or scientific extrapolation at the expense of characters and emotion.
The professionals are going to be joined by the average Joe. Everybody's a publisher.
You usually don't have five (captains),but those five lead the way for us.
The boys are playing pretty well. Our strength is probably our line play and we have some quality backs. It's just a fun group of kids to coach. They seem to know what it takes to win.
I think that to a large extent the reality of instant messaging is AOL and ICQ.
To me, it's all about opening all the doors and getting people to be not only prolific, but creative and having control of their music.
You don't have to fight for your life anymore. You're starting a new one.
Which, of course, isn't the point of writing - but it would be nice if, along with the creative satisfaction of writing and seeing my work in print, I could do more than merely scrape a living. Okay, moaning over.