The focus of today’s SPaM (Shameless Promotion Monday) is on a girl after my own heart. How could I resist someone who named her blog SHERBERT BOMB and describes herself as “a socially awkward, word-loving, punk-rocking, bad-dancing, shy-singing, nickname-bestowing, lego-building, scribble-talking, day-dreaming, lover, hater, procrastinator, joker, fighter and story-writer.”
But she really broke out the big guns when she described her blog as “funny fantasy stories and some old poetry written mostly back in high school. In the not so distant future it will feature stories about Roller Derby, aliens, zombies, family, super heroes, ghosts and graffiti.”
That’s right, people. ROLLER FRIGGIN’ DERBY.
Yeah, I’m sold. So much so in fact that I’ve created a page called WRITER’S CORNER above where I will feature short stories and poems by writers who’d appreciate feedback. The ever brave “Sherbie” has volunteered to be its first featured writer so be sure to check it out. Now let’s get down to it.
* You describe your writing style as “comedic fantasy adventure, dripping with description and color, with occasional horror scenes.” Is there a specific influence to your writing?
“Pretty much everything influences me; music, books, comics, street art. If I listen to Dropkick Murphys or The Bronx I want to write about fighting. UFC makes me want to write about relationships (there is a chain of thought which has nothing to do with violence but it’s too long and convoluted for me to share, and probably only amusing to me). If I watch a Judd Apatow movie I want to write about stoners. Most things make me want to write.”
“Some stories to come are Graffitiland which is about street art acting out of character, Boyfriend is a Four Letter Word which is probably the most serious story I’ll ever write about a young woman in an unsatisfactory relationship, and there will be more Splat Pack, your friendly neighbourhood roller derby super heroes. And some more of my teen-angsty poems that are being made suitable for human consumption; 16 in Limbo, Bird in a Cage, and Words on a Page. I didn’t intentionally rhyme that. I’m a poet and I wasn’t aware.”
* You state in your blog that you’re working on a novel, so how’s that coming?
“At the moment it’s not much more than an idea. A really freakin’ awesome idea which got awesomer last night when I was reading comics online. It’s hard to describe because there’s going to be a lot going on. The working title is Phantasmagoria, which gives nothing away really except that I might be a little bit pretentious. It might have zombies in it. I’ve been reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. See how my brain works? It’s very uncomplicated.”
* I also noticed in your blogroll that you have two links to Roller Derby sites. Are you a fan or a Derby girl yourself? And if you are, what name do you skate under?
“I’m a fan. We have some awesome teams here in Oz. I’m hoping Santa will bring me some skates though so I can practice speed skating at the basketball courts across the road. I had a knee operation a couple of months ago and realized that if I don’t start doing all the things I talk about wanting to do, they’ll always be things I just talk about. So hopefully soon I will be known as Sherbert Bomb by day, and by night, Georgie St Pierre (GSP is my favourite and the foxiest UFC fighter ever).”
* You’re the first featured writer on the WRITER’S CORNER page. What sort of feedback are you hoping to receive on your writing?
“I’m really interested to know what I do well, but since my mum already has that covered, constructive criticism is more than welcome. My writing is evolving quite a lot right now and above all else I want my stories to be interesting, so I want to be told if that is not the case. I’m also venturing into funny territory and even though I think I’m a riot it’d be good to know what other people think too. I think there may also be a thumbs up or thumbs down button, so if peeps can’t be arsed writing a comment we can go all Commodus on this shiznit.”
Sorry boys, but I think I’m in love.
For more stories of random awesomeness and balls-out Derby goodness follow our girl at SHERBERT BOMB
For Sherbie’s first story feature “The Boy and the Shark – A Not Quite Fairy Tale” head to the top of the page to WRITER’S CORNER
Next week’s SPaM features the ever silky smooth blogger and player extraordinaire Ronnie of THE LIBRA CHRONICLES