Linda M. Crate
What inspired your piece?
My poem “impaling war” is about the conflict of myself and my bullies. I have been bullied and criticized since I was a child to the present day. I don’t want to be the monsters that wounded me, but neither will I offer those who wounded me any more of my roses to puncture. I will simply blind them with my light and dreams until the nightmare of who they were is vanquished from my life.
Do you have a favorite line from your piece?
I am rather fond of “my magic is white but sometimes i am fierce and dark” because it reminds me of the concept of yin and yang. We all have darkness and light inside of us, but we have to make the most of each decision and hand that life deals us. I also like “no one can tell you how to shine, you just turn on your starlight;” because I have had many people try to blow out my candle, but they find that light cannot be stolen in the end. Like joy the light must come from within. I like the idea also of flipping on your star light like a light switch.
Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
Pretty much every writer I’ve ever read has inspired me in some way. However, I find that Adrienne Rich; Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sylvia Plath, and T.S. Eliot can always inspire me.
What seasons do you find you write the most in?
That’s hard to say as I am one of those writers constantly writing. I do think it’s easier to be more productive in the colder months of autumn and winter, though, because there’s not as much going on by way of family engagements and the like.
Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
Not usually for my poetry, but sometimes for my novels and characters in my novels.
Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
Yes. I have a fondness for the bite sized cherry Twizzlers, little Debbie Snack Cakes, and cookies.
What is your ideal writing environment?
I can write most anywhere, but I prefer to be alone when I’m writing. Otherwise it’s distracting. I can write in a notebook or on a computer, but sometimes I would rather my computer because I can never seem to find the right position when I have a notebook in my hand. I sit then I lay down and then I sit up again, and I find that can be most distracting when you have a need for the words to flow.
What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
That they are strong, that they are formidable, and though there are nightmares in this world you can be strong enough to defeat them just as you are. Be your own person in a world that is trying to conform you in their image of apathy and insults. You are stronger than you know.
Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
A little bit of both. I write from the heart so sometimes that can be tiring, but I think it’s worthwhile in the end. I love creating, I love taking an empty space and filling it with the music of words.
Do you have any future writing plans?
I plan on publishing more poetry, more books of poetry, I’m hoping to publish my YA novels; as well, and just continue writing and producing more work as I go along. I hope to heal and help others with my words, and open their eyes to truths and concepts they might not have otherwise known.
You can read Linda M. Crate’s piece “impaling war” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.