Archives for February 2015

3Ws – Mindi Scott

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What do you create?

I write contemporary novels about teenagers. When I first started writing with hopes for publication, someone described my work as “the perfect blend of humor and pathos.” I’ve been aiming to live up to that compliment ever since.
 

Why do you create?

Oh, man. I’ve been asking myself this question frequently while juggling deadlines​.​ My best answer at this moment is that I always have characters and stories appearing in my brain, and some of them are too endearing, too special, or too something else to keep all to myself.

My second published novel, Live Through This, was created with a slightly different motive, though. I wrote that book with the purest hope that it will reach the readers who need it, but it was also for someone who doesn’t exist anymore: Me at age fifteen.

 

What do you consume?

Novels! Well-written (most of the time) television series! Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! Red lipstick! (That last one is consumed by accident, though.)

 

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3Ws – Forest Sun

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What do you create?

I write songs with words, chords, rhythm, and melodies. I sing those songs and make them into records. I paint on paper and canvas. I snap photos and share them. I write poems on scraps of paper and in spiral notebooks. I chop, dice, grill, bake, stir and delight in cooking extravagant feasts (and eating them, see the third W below).

I make movies and music videos with my wife Ingrid Serban. See her 3w’s right here on Allie’s blog for more about that. We run our indie label Painted Sun Records together, too.

Here’s a video of my tune “Morningbird” we just filmed live on our roof for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. That’s Ingrid lending her sweet harmonies and Alisa Rose playing violin.

You can hear us live via the interweb from anywhere in the world on valentines day via stageit.com. Join us here:
https://www.stageit.com/forest_sun/forest_sun_valentine_special_with_ingrid_serban/44152

 

Why do you create?

I have to create or I get cranky. Being creative helps me feel alive and a part of the ever-spinning world and expanding universe. When I’m not creating I feel like a spectator standing against the wall of the junior high school dance.

 

What do you consume?

I breath a lot of air. I drink water and soak up sunshine. I consume hours and days and years and sometimes they consume me. I ruminate on my own thoughts. On my bedside reading table: Tom Robbins and Pablo Neruda. On my time table: farmers market and swimming. On my turntable: Bessie Smith and Leon Redbone. On my plate: gluten free pancakes and scrambled eggs and bacon.

 

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3Ws – Brendan Smith

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What do you create?

Scripts for the television box and now the bigger screen thingee. And when I’m not on the clock or in a contractual situation, I definitely try to “create” more scripts. For fun and for free. And in hopes that something will pay off down the road. I “create” a lot of photos, too. And hacky tweets. Other than that, I look at each day as an opportunity to create fun and controlled chaos.
 

Why do you create?

I honestly do not know how to do it differently! I’ve basically structured my life so I can do nothing but create — it’s who I am — and can’t imagine being holed up and not allowed to follow all of my weird instincts and creative impulses. Make sense?! My brain is always moving, so… it’s never not creating.

God, does that sound pretentious. Jesus Christ.

 

What do you consume?

I consume music. Constantly. Mostly rock and pop from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. British Invasion, Motown, Stax, Yacht Rock, punk, post punk, glam, metal, Brit Pop. Everything from the Association to the Replacements to ZZ Top… and everything in between. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to a giant 70s mix: America’s “Ventura Highway”, exactly right now.

I also love vintage Shaw Brothers Kung Fu movies, professional football, and TOP CHEF.

But most importantly, I “consume” nature. I have to take daily walks in Griffith Park and weekend trips to Leo Carrillo State Beach to recharge my batteries and connect with that power greater than myself… ‘coz that’s the thing that keeps the creative juices going.

WHY DO I SOUND LIKE SUCH A DOUCHE? Because it’s impossible to talk about “creating” without sounding like one.
 

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