Welcome to this year’s fun spotlight introduction of Blog Battlers!
Every month we’re shining the light on a participant.
First up is Doug Jacquier!
|How long have you been a writer?||Since primary school.|
|3 random facts about you!||1. When I was 16 I was a cadet reporter for the Northern Territory News in Darwin, Australia and was on the teletype machine when the news came through that the Prime Minister, Harold Holt, had drowned and when I told the editor, Jim Bowditch, he ran to the print room and uttered those legendary words, ‘Stop the presses’. |
2. I am an occasional stand-up comedian.
3. I share a birthday with Gerald Ford, Ingmar Bergman, Harry Dean Stanton and Woody Guthrie.
|What genre(s) do you write?||Poetry and short stories. My aim is to surprise, challenge and amuse.|
|What is your favorite BB story/entry you’ve written? What is the URL?||“Intercept” https://sixcrookedhighwaysblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/intercept/|
|Have you published any books? Self/Indie published? Traditional? Hybrid?||No but my poems and stories have been included in anthologies.|
|Do you plan to publish? If so, self/indie, traditional or both/hybrid?||No.|
|Who or what inspired you to start a blog and share your writing?||I wanted an audience beyond my friends and family.|
|Any advice you could share with your fellow BBers?||Keep writing. Somewhere out there is an audience for your work.|
|If you could write from anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?||Here, from my home in Australia. It’s probably the safest and most generous prosperous country in the world and Australians are unique in their irreverence and in the breadth of their lifestyles.|
|In your own reading, who has been your favorite protagonist? Why? What makes them stand out?||Oriel Lamb in Tim Winton’s great Australian novel, Cloud Street, because she chooses solitude within a sprawling household. But I’ve always had a soft spot for Yossarian in Catch-22 and Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterrhouse 5.|
|Where are you strongest as a writer and feel like you could offer help and advice to fellow BBers?||Taking a prompt or an idea somewhere different than the mainstream.|
|Where are you weakest as a writer and would like to get more feedback and help with?||Description of physical environments.|
|Share any social media links you have where you’d like to connect with fellow BBers and readers.||https://sixcrookedhighwaysblog.wordpress.com |
|How did you discover BB? (If you’d care to share!)||Can’t recall now.|
Thanks so much for sharing, Doug!
Keep reading all the Stories for January and sharing feedback with the writers!
And keep your eyes peeled for the next Prompt Word coming Friday, February 5th!
Please take a moment to ask Doug some questions in the comments section.