When did you first become interested in writing?
I was a teenager when I started. I guess it was brought-on by trying to/coming to understand the works of Jim Morrison; Jimi Hendrix; John Lennon & Paul McCartney; George Harrison; and several others whom I admire(d).
I guess I’m heavily influenced.
ETHERS I CHAPTER 1
1. …IN THE BEGINNING, WAST ONLY THE UNFIRMAMENT; A STIR OF CHAOS, AND; IMAGININGS OF THE POSSIBILE….
What style of writing do you use most?
I see myself more as a “poet” than an author. But I couldn’t even venture a guess as to what my writing style would be called…. As for my book(s) let’s call ’em Shakespeare-on-acid; To tell you the truth I’ve never spent much thought on the name of my writing style. I’m still kinda stunned that I wrote a book. I was just writing for entertainment…. And stress relief.
Has your style changed from when you first began as an author?
As an author? -Definitely!!
When I began as an author, I had no idea or even hope that I was on that road. I began my first book; ‘The Revelations of Minister Skyddz’ as a “poetic” piece, intending to create in a “style” I had only attempted 2 or 3 times in my life. I’m sure that “style” has a name but, I’m even more sure that I don’t know what it is.
:Its ‘flow’ is like a parable and it ‘feels’ like prophecy or an ancient tome of wisdoms…. Er…. poetic with no (or very little) rhyme; With an idea toward presenting abstractly, more and deeper accuracy than non-abstract form is capable of. (this is prob’ly nonsense to The Unfortunate Majority…. They having yet to be Enlightened by the Cosmic-Warping-of-Sentience which is only bestowed upon “Sinners” of my ilk — Certain “Sins” being the only Catalyst — But; ‘t makes sense t’ me and, it’s all I have to offer here….
Anyway; this particular “style”, at-least for me, requires a great deal of Inner Exploration, and the act itself is -again; for me- the most effective Spiritual Band-Aid I’ve ever used.
And I wast sore-in-need!
So; technically I was not an author. Nor was I writing a book.
The piece morphed into a book, due to totally unexpected prodding-for-more, accompanied by nearly overwhelming praise which my peers and colleagues smothered me with. The piece had a (small) cult following….
Not that I tried very hard to resist; I could see that they really, really dug-it!!
As the piece became more of a story, a few of its fans subtly forced it to admit the possibility of becoming a book….of sorts.
But, as its writer, I still had no thoughts so far-fetched as publishing it. It was a novelty-writing, for and to my band and a few close friends, and I filled it with inside-jokes and private notions that I felt its very tiny audience would appreciate.
That said; its purpose dictated the writing style.
It got published (Swimming Kangaroo Books; May, ’09) ’cause those same few fans from before (you guys know who you are!!) almost convinced me that they thought it would be a shame to not at least try….
Piers Anthony (whom I truly hope to some-day meet in-person) recommended I submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and when I did; she took it…. I was floored!! Stunned, even!!
I haven’t yet finished the sequel (cleverly called: “The Second Revelations of Minister Skyddz”, but the ‘change’ or growth of writing “style” is easiest to explain this way: this book is written by an Author — not (necessarily) a Poet. From the first thoughts before the first word on the first page the Author’s intent was/is to write a book — not (necessarily) a poem or lyric. This difference in awareness and intent has -in my humble opinion- allowed infinitely more depth and substance to the writing “style”….
THE GENESIS CHAPTER 3
2. …AND IT WAST VERY, VERY GOOD, SO THAT THEY NEEDED NOT MORE DAYS; NOR, DID THEY NEED MORE NIGHTS, BUT, INSTEAD, KEPT THE SEVEN IN HARMONY; RELIVING THEM WITH NEWNESS, AND; SHARE-D THEM WITH THE SOULS WHO LIVE-D; AND THE ROAD REVEALED WAST ALIVE AGAIN WITH MUSIC AND THEY WAST GLAD…
3. …CAME TO PASS A NEW PROPOSITION; YEAH; VERILY; SO GOOD WAST THE MUSIC; AND; GOD-WHO-WAS-THE-ANGELS BLEST THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER AND THE WORLD; AND; WOAH! IT WAST VERY, VERY GOOD! IT WAST; MUY BUENO! UPON THEIR TONGUE; AND THEY LAUGH-D; AND SHARE-D THAT, TOO, WITH THE WORLD SAYING; “THIS IST GOOD!”….
In what way do you usually put down your ideas first?
My book stuff is all done on my computer. I don’t often keep notes, exactly. Unless I am struck by something that I feel is too crucial to risk head-storage (at-least; not in MY head!). Usually, my computer isn’t too far from me. If it is, I call my friend and (cryptically) tell it to her, asking her to email it to me for later use.
Helen’s a really good sport.
What made you choose that medium?
I’d hafta say computer addiction, and the desire to learn how to type. I wrote most of the first book with the index finger of my right hand. ‘Left hand was completely numb after the first several pages, due to carpel tunnel (and; some other tunnel)syndrome…. Yes; the doctor told me to stop-it, but I just couldn’t: Giggling til I pee myself makes me weak.
THE GENESIS CHAPTER 12
4. …AND: THUS WAST PERFORMED OF GOD; THE FIRST MARRIAGE OF THE SOULS OF THE WORLD; AND; GOD SAID UNTO THEM: “…IN MINE OWN IMAGE SHALT THIS MARRIAGE LIVE; EVER; AND; FOR TIME WITHOUT MEASURE; FOR; DUDES; IN COUPLING SHALT THOU KNOW TRULY OF HEAVEN-ETERNAL; AND; IN THY HEARTS SHALT THOU KNOW IT …AND; OF IT THOU SHALT SPEAK; FREELY; BUT;
5. “…NAUGHT ELSE OF IT SHALT THEE SHARE BETWIXT THY BRETHREN AND THY SISTER-EN; FOR; DUDES; TO BREAK THIS COVENANT IST TO INCUR THE WRATH OF ALL OF THE HOLYROLLERS …FOR; ONCE A DUDE IST MARRIED; DUDES; THAT’S IT! DO THOU NOT GO THERE, IF THY PROMISE IST BULL; LEST THOU PERISH…FOR; SHALT THOU SURELY WILT, IF-TH CAUGHT CRACK-SNACKING BESIDES THY MEAL AT HOME!”…
Do your ideas come from life or imagination?
It/they always initiate(s) in life. From personal experience and speculation. Then it grows and (hopefully) becomes more interesting in the imagination. But I mostly try to keep in line with the true-to-me part of it. I’ll allow that it is entirely possible that “true-to-me” might be “sur-real” to many…. or, uhhmm…. all.
How do you choose your characters?
What tiny bits I consider to be fiction have characters I create partially from the characteristics and mannerisms of people I think I know well. That way, it’s easier for me to keep a character true to the original form. I hate it when a character I’m reading about suddenly and without reason seems like a different personality than what has already become truth in my head. It’d really bum-me-out to feel that way about my own stuff.
I think subjects choose me more than I choose them. It’s always something I’m passionate about. Or; passionate about changing….
Who is your favourite author?
I have a wide variety of taste in what I read. It would be impossible for me to compare Piers Anthony to Stephen King…. But, they’re each the top of their respective list(s). Piers Anthony is more than a favorite author though; He’s also high on my list of favorite humans…. For a gigantic number of reasons (check; www.hipiers.com).
John J. N. Brennan is my favorite poet.
What is your favourite piece of work by yourself?
In my opinion; the piece below is the finest work I’ve ever done. It represents the peak of my ability in metaphor and, is more true to its statement (with some thought on the part of the reader) than anything I’ve ever completed before or since…. Tragically; NO-ONE agrees or, even ‘gets’ it.
“Down’d th’ Rabbit Whole”
JUST AN ORDINARY DAY
IS A FAVORITE FORM OF PLAY
TWO BEERS ON RISING
BRINGS TO CLARITY WHAT MAY
FATE DOLES OUT FUTURE
BUT DON’T EVER HAFTA SAY
IS DONE WHEN THE COLORS STAY….
YEAH, ‘TS DONE
TO SUM UP TH’ SCALING-GREY….
DOWN TH’ ROAD
THE ADVENTURE CARRIED ON
IT’S A COMFORT TO BE GONE
AS PEACE IS BEING
THUSLY MOVED EACH STEP ALONG
DAYS TIME CENTURIES
WITH TH’ POET’S EV’RY SONG
‘ COMES A TIME
FOR TH’ SHADOWS GROWING LONG….
YES, IT COMES
PASS TO AV’RAGE COMMON GOAL
SUCH’S TH’ ETERNAL
QUEST OF SOUL
HALF ‘WAKING LOTUS
BEARS TH’ FERTILE MIND TO FOAL
FATE HOLDS TH’ FUTURE
‘TIL ONE’S DOWN’D TH’ RABBIT WHOLE
IN TH’ CARDS
IS SHOWN AS TH’ BASE IS STOLE….
FAIR DEALT HANDS
YEA! ART HEAV’N’S CHOICE BESTOW’D….
TO RUN E’ER FANCY SWIFT
THE WILD ASKEW
AS A PHANTOM KID ADRIFT
FOUR RUMS AT WAKING
GRANTS SUMMARILY MY LIFT
I’D DOWN’D TH’ RABBIT WHOLE
‘IS HARE-ISH GRAIL MY OWN GIFT
BY TH’ DAWN
GOES SIGN OF EACH LIVING SHIFT….
ALTERNATING GOES A GRIFT….
(To be continued)
(c) 2007 E.J. VANCE
My favorite of my books isn’t yet finished….:
“The Revelations of Minister Skyddz” is my favorite published book.
THE GENESIS CHAPTER 16
2. …AND; THE ANGELS TREMBLE-D ; WHINNYING LOUDLY. BUT; THEIR LAUGHING STILL LAY BENEATH; AND; THE COUNTENANCE OF GOD, SEEM-D NOT SO GOOD; INDEED; THE EYE OF GOD WAST SHOTTHROUGH; WITH THUNDER AND; ALSO; WITH LIGHT’NIN’; AND; GOD SAID UNTO THEM: “PRANCETH THOU FORTH, HERR DER LAGE; THOU; PRANKSTER: PUT THY DUKES BEFORE THOU; DUDE! MEETETH THY MAKER!”…
3. …AND; CHOKING ON HIS SPINACH; ONE ANGEL DID STEPPETH FORWARD; AND; GOD SAY-TH UNTO HIM: “DUDE; THY BITCHIN TESTOSTERONE SURPASSES; BUT; DUDE; DIG THOU THIS!” AND; LAID GOD A RIGHTEOUS RIGHT-CROSS UPON HIS LEFT EYE …DEVASTATING HIS COUNTENANCE; BUT; TRULY PROPER; SAYING: “THOU’RT LUCKY, DUDE; ‘ ONLY SET T’ STUN!”…AND; KILT HIM NOT…
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
In hours, or months?! My first book took several weeks to write…. and a couple of years to fix! The second one is taking way less actual writing time; and way more trying to find th’ time.
Poetry usually happens for me in one or two (maybe 3) sittings.
How well do you take criticism?
Probably no-where-near as well as I tell myself I do….
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
Generally I hafta wait it out. Sometimes though, I find that there is something desperately wrong with the writing leading up to the part I’m blocked at though. Then all I gotta do is find and fix it, and things smooth out….
How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?
When I find that continuing further detracts from its “power” or value…. The work itself tells me it’s finished. Often, it’s finished when I feel I got my point across/story told in the manner I intended, and have sort-of ‘reduced’ it to the purest form I’m reasonably capable of.
When it’s finished; it’s not-only easy to walk away…. It’s desirable. And; required.
Have you been published?
“The Revelations of Minister Skyddz” (that’s pronounced: “Skids”) was released late in May 2009. Published by: Swimming Kangaroo Books.
But it’s not in any stores. It’s available online at:
And at my publisher’s site:
as well as a host of other sites…. You can order the paperback…. or; it comes in various downloadable forms. The price varies per site and media (Shop around. And, write a review or leave a comment, or bitch and call me names…. Whatever gets you off, baby!!)
Swimming Kangaroo also published one of my “lighter” lyrics/poems, called: “PastaFarian” in the March 2008 issue of their newsletter. The only attempt I’ve ever made at writing Reggae (Hope nobody hates me for it).
In November 2008, “The Revelations of Minister Skyddz” was podcast on: “The Hell Hole Tavern” (Created and hosted by: The Incredibly Noble And (Apparently) Patiently Enthusiastic Author/Podcaster/Friend, Mark Eller (Author of: “Traitor”, and at least half a shitload more); Co-hosted by: The Incomparable Liz (The Lizard) VanZandt (I hope I spelled that right):Author/Podcaster/Friend/Mother/’Babe’.
OF PHILOGYNIANS CHAPTER 18
2. …AND; SATAN DID WHIP OUT HIS TOOL; AND; OPENED HIM THEN; THE BOOK, AND; WROTE:“…IN THE BEGINNING, WAST ONLY THE UNFIRMAMENT;” AND; IT WAST THE BEGINNING; OF THE KEEPING OF GOD’S WORD; AND; THE ADVENTURES OF THE ANGELS OF GOD; AND; OF THE LIVING WITHIN THE WORLD…
3. …AND; FROM THAT MOMENT ON; WAST SATAN; ‘THE KEEPER OF THE WORD OF GOD’; AND; ‘GOD’S SCRIBE’ WAST HE; ALSO; AND; ‘MINISTER SKYDDZ’; THOUGH; GOD ONLY, KNOWS WHY;
Have you any publications planned for the future?
Still writing the first of (I hope) many (or; endless) sequels, and in the process of committing the entire story (in more currently recognized English)to comic book format for free download from my website: www.ministerskyddz.com.
If Fate permits, I will publish at least one book of collected poetry, featuring my own works and the works of my favorite poet:
John J. N. Brennan.
Also; I’m currently writing a pseudo-biography, and seriously thinkin’ about another one…. Or 3….
More info as the info develops….
What are your plans for the future?
I’m buyin’ the Bahamas, Baby, with the Gazillion Bucks in royalties I’m sure to receive when I get promoted to: “Big-Shot-Author-Dude-Deluxe”!! And, a Harley-Davidson (maybe a fleet!!)…. But, I’m not gonna LIVE in the Bahamas. Instead; I’m gonna reserve the top floor of the Las Vegas Hilton for my winter home, and Reno Hilton for my summer home. Maybe a houseboat offa the keys….
Bitchin Plan, huh?!
What advice would you give new authors?
2 things; If you’re passionate about your writing; DO NOT EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES STOP WRITING!! 2nd: www.hipiers.com has a comprehensive list of publishers, painstakingly created for (especially new) authors, which, among many other helpful pieces of info, includes cautions, warnings, recommendations, etc., collected (at least in large part from author’s experiences with them), by Piers Anthony; A man who should be Sainted for his efforts, and, who STILL Champions for us today!! God(s) Bless Him!!
Have you done any courses to help you?
What do you do to market your work?
www.ministerskyddz.com , and FaceBook: Minister Skyddz…. Possibly St. Helen of the Epiphany!!
(‘Put ‘er up fer Sainthood m’self!!)
Do you use social networking in your day to day life?
On Facebook, I’m; Minister Skyddz
The Revelations of Minister Skyddz has a fanpage there too, as do 3 of its ArchAngels, and St. Helen of the Epiphany….
On www.inkednation.com, I’m ‘Skyddz’
On www.fanbox.com, I’m ‘ministerskyddz’
On Twitter, I’m ‘ministerskyddz’
On amazon’s ‘AuthorCentral’ I’m ‘E.J. Vance’
Are you interested in collaborating with artists?
Begging for collaboration with
the Reverend Minister John J. N. Brennan…. Possibly open to others, depending, etc.
Have you got hobbies?
Sure: Writing; social network poker; talkin’ to St. Helen on the phone; talkin’ to my Blessed Mother on the phone; Performing Sermon(s); Getting Blasted first, then any/all of the above (‘specially th’ Sermons), hangin’ out with Nikki’s grand daughter, promoting the Arts and Artists of every medium and genre in any way I can….
Where are you based?
God’RockGarden, Mid-Western Extension….A.K.A.: Mid-Western United States of America!!
Amen & Hallelujah!!
(We’re makin’ a comeback, baby!!)