After an unintended hiatus, this Monday brings Travis I. Sivart to the tank. He just walked in whistling. He thought he was just out for a stroll until the door closed behind him, and the room started to spin. Luckily, he was in the padded hallway, so he just bounced when he fell. Keep reading, he tries bribery.
Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?
I have been a reader since a very young age in an era that didn’t encourage reading… the middle ages. Because of my reading, and the influence of Dungeons and Dragons, I became a storyteller. I am only drawn to it because I can share adventure, excitement, and fun with others through the craft of storytelling, and I continue for the same reason. And the babes, writers get ALL the hot chicks!
If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)
Freezing to death? Screw that, nothing survives! Really though, I would have enough to worry about without choosing which book gets burned last. Oh, what? I have to choose five? Ok, fine; my journal, my steno pad, a thesaurus, the notebook containing the notes for my world, and some random porn. I can get books by the other authors if I survive, but my own works are mostly one of a kind.
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?
Continued to live in my own fantasy world and not succumb to the monotonous drudgery of the “real world,” which would quite possibly, and quite literally, kill me. Oh, actually… that wasn’t much of a challenge, because the only other option was to commit suicide of the personality. Maybe deal with custody issues. Yes, that is hell for me.
What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?
“Ship’s wheel in my pants,” drives me nuts! Because… pirate!
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?
No. I like all my bastard children for one reason or another. Though, if I had to pick one… yes. Ok, fine. I do, alright? Geesh, the freaking pressure! How do you live with yourself… forcing these soul wrenching things from people? It would be my demon/human/aeifain crossbreed, Nomed. He is truly chaotic for the sake of being chaotic. Possibly immortal with the patience, passion, and humor to take decades or centuries to set up a plot… but he still enjoys the moment. I have no idea if he is a protagonist or an antagonist, but he is fun!
Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?
Nothing comes to mind, except my mind. I am not affected by places, but rather what my mind projects upon them. So, nowhere and everywhere and anywhere my mind may go. And that is in every piece of fiction I write.
What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?
The Ex that turned down my marriage proposal.
How did you get that scar?
Which one? The one on my lip where I bit through it after leaping from a bunk bed at age three? The one on my knee where I ran into metal fan blades at age four? The one on my thigh where I dropped a knife into it? There are a dozen choices… please be more specific when pointing.
What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin.
Promote yourself and/or your writing
No. I don’t think I will. But I can give you a coupon code and maybe you can check it out and review it on Amazon for me? “My book is available. Use Discount code JYMQY9QJ to get it for 10% off. Kindle version is also available on Amazon. Thank you for the support!” (There! How was that?)
Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?
Geez, if I had known I was going to have to run AND scream, I would have been training!
Thank you, Mr. Sivart, for the amusing answers. Since you made me laugh, you can keep the eyepatch and skip the peg leg. The parrot stays. Exit through the door of your choice. I won’t guarantee you won’t acquire any new scars in your escape. But I can promise the Yeti races will make them worthwhile.