Note: This is the same Kyle from interview #94. You can read it here.
Interview with Kyle
A interview with Kyle a 19 year old male from the USA. He is into writing stories and poems and lots more, you can find some of his work on his blog Image-Nation.
Could you give us a brief introduction so readers know who you are? “Mention asl”
ASL? Age Sex Location? Haha. This sounds like an Omegle solicitation. 19. Male. USA. Straight, Skinny, likes Twinks.
For any relevant readers that happen to read this, I’m the same person from interview #94. So after the jail thing, and the final year of High School I started digging around in my old stuff for memories.
You know, just for sentiments. While I was looking, I found my old creative writing notebooks from when I was going through an introspective phase. I had literally hundreds of composition writing notebooks filled front to back with original writing and stories.
Since I lost them once I was afraid of losing them again, so I started an online portfolio (ie. Imagine-nation.net). Then I started to think and think. I thought “I can turn this into something cool!” And so, that’s what I’m doing.
Do you remember at what age you started to write stuff? What do you most of the time write about?
Well a more detailed story about how I started is listed here: http://www.imagine-nation.net/?page_id=5 , but in a nutshell I really started to learn how to write in first grade. I would make little 6-7page notebook paper and staple picture stories and give them to my teachers to read to the class.
Obviously, now the stories are more sophisticated, but the love is all the same. Then I ran into poetry in the seventh grade, with Mr. Wells.
I normally just write about what ever comes to mind. But I suffer from a disorder called Bipolar Affective Disorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder) and when my mood takes a turn for the worst is when I feel the most motivated to write stuff, so generally a lot of what I write comes off as depressing, or angsty.
When did you found out you had this disorder and how has it effected your life so far?
I found out when I was 11, and the only real effect I can really tell is that I have irrational moods that people I care about really can’t understand. An example I can use is my girlfriend of six months, Mary. I put her through a lot of shit she really doesn’t deserve, and I rationally know i shouldn’t be upset by something, but for some reason I am, and that’s what is so debilitating about the disorder, is that you know you’re being stupid, and you can’t help it.
What did you try to do to help it? Take medication etc… Also have you met so far anyone who has it to? And like share what your going through whit this person or persons?
I don’t believe in taking unecessary medication, for fear of dependency, and I have not met anyone so far that has at least been open about it.
Have you tried talking to anyone about it? How did they response when you where trying to share what you are going through?
I did with my girlfriend, and I’m glad she’s so understanding. But now I believe this is getting a little too personal, and is detracting from the purpose of the interview.
When did you setup your blog and what was the domain originally for?
I set up the blog about 7 months ago, but I never did anything with it. It just sat there empty because I was lazy. I just recently started really working on it consistently.
The domain was originally bought by my sister Jennifer as a discussion forum, and stuff.
The website was actually very successful, getting up to about 10,000 unique visitors a day, and around 400 average posts per day, not including the forum games section.
She had to stop running the site because of her own college and job, so she completely shut down and gave me the domain about a year ago, after I requested it.
What is on your to do list at the moment for the blog? What have you done already of work?
Well this is my first time ever really seriously starting a blog.
I’ve had plenty of experience with forums, and other types of sites. But never a true blog. Right now, through my lack of experience, I’m first looking to completely upload all of my previously written work, while also getting back into the webmaster forum scene like I was two years ago, to get some quality traffic flowing in.
I also intend on using WordPress’s multi-site feature and open up my own independent Blogger-type network as well as getting a few real life friends to contribute via. stories, and other types of posts.
Could you share with us your most emotional poem and story? (You can use www.pastebin.com)
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm That’s a lot of poems to go through haha. Let’s see… I think a poem called “And Now I Lay Here Dead” may do nicely.
And a short story…. Singular Duality
Both of these pieces are my intellectual property under a Creative Commons license, and this may be considered my legal permission to use both of these pieces as part of your interview.
Do you ever plan to publish all your work?
Yes. It will take probably around a year or so to get everything I’ve ever written published on the blog.
What do you like writting the most if you had to choose between poetry and stories?
I’d have to say poetry, because not everything humans feel makes sense. And poetry gives me the freedom to express myself in a way that may not exactly “make sense.”
Whereas stories, I’m bound to a plot, and character development. But needless to say, both types have their rewards.
What type of promoting have you done so far for the blog? What type of people would you like to visit it?
I haven’t done any promoting so far. As I’ve said I’m fairly new to blogging, and techniques for it, so I’ve been reading up on different ways to do it.
I want people that legitimately want to read good creation, and not what‘s cool and “hip“
Finally if you could alter the past either online or offline, which would you should and what scenario would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything in my life, because everything that’s happened so far has made me who I am, and I really like who I am.
Thank you for doing this interview with me on msn Kyle, it has been a pleasure -Max Pen