Welcome to another blogger and writer interview. Today I’m sharing with you an interview with the kind, amazing and talented Kat Myrman. Her blog is called: Like Mercury Colliding – Moments of Unexpected Clarity.
1. Kat, Please Tell Us About Yourself and Some of Your Wonderful Published Work?
My Blog is called “Like Mercury Colliding.” and I have always loved to write, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I had the courage to upload my writing in the form of a blog. I’ve never published my own book, but I have been featured in a few anthologies and in online digests including:
- Poets for Peace an Online Collaboration in partnership with 100,000 Poets for Change published in Praxis Magazine (3 poems – Pages 57-60)
- Several poems features on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry Blogspot The Memory of You
- Anthologies (Penned in my once married name, Kathleen (Kathy) Hurt)
- The Circle Continues: Women Respond to Circle of Stones -Judith Duerk
InnerOcean/Innisfree Press, August 1, 2001
- Dreams for our Daughters – Bonnie Allmon Coffey
Writer’s Showcase Press, October 1, 2000
- The Circle Continues: Women Respond to Circle of Stones -Judith Duerk
2. Is There Anything Else You’d Like to Share With Us About Yourself?
My bio HERE pretty much tells you about me. When I began my blog, I was not sure what I wanted to say. I’m still not completely sure, several years in, that I have figured it out. What I do try to accomplish is writing a bit every day. I’ve found the prompts and challenges on WordPress most helpful.
Also, I work a 9:oo a.m. to 5:00 p.m. plus day as an Executive Assistant, so I must sandwich in time for my writing passion. Oftentimes, that time is the wee hours of the night. I find that I am most productive then. There are few distractions at 3:00 am, aside from my niggling need for sleep! 🙂
As well, I live in a most beautiful part of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S., at least in my humble opinion, of course. I’m surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the “Valley” as it is called, experiences four seasons, which I am grateful for. Where I am has a small town community vibe.
It’s also Virginia, so there is the underlying rumble of old South, Confederacy and modern progressive ideals (of which I hold). Writing has become an outlet for me to express my deep emotions in light of recent events, without getting into trouble with my neighbors.
“It’s also Virginia, so there is the underlying rumble of old South, Confederacy and modern progressive ideals (of which I hold). Writing has become an outlet for me to express my deep emotions in light of recent events, without getting into trouble with my neighbors.” – Kat Myrman
3. When Did You Begin Writing or Blogging and Why? What Do Both Practices Mean to You?
As mentioned above, I have written for a lifetime in one form or another. My blog is a running digest. It seemed more efficient and easier to access than piles of notebooks and journals, though I have them too. I even have binders of faded napkins, scrap paper, repurposed envelopes…if you are a writer, you know what I’m talking about. 🙂 Writing for me is a passion if you haven’t already figured that out. I live and breathe it.
4. Where Do You Find Your Inspiration and Motivation to Write? Why Is Significant For You to Write? Can You Briefly Describe Your Blogging Process?
Life inspires me. Passion for life motivates me. Without life and passion, what are we doing here, after all. I have to grab writing/blogging time when I can. I would love to be able to retire from my day job to devote my time to the craft. While I mentioned, the middle of the night is when I am most inclined to write, I find mornings to be my favorite time to write when I have the chance.
his question made me laugh. Process? A disclaimer, I’m a Gemini, so ‘the process’ is not a thing for me. That said, I write when I am moved by something. Be it a formal prompt or an everyday happening, I write my experience of life, so my process, as processes go might be considered a bit chaotic. It is an immense sense of satisfaction to get the words out of my head and written down.
“Writing for me is a passion if you haven’t already figured that out. I live and breathe it.”- Kat Myrman
5. What Was Your Process For Publishing Some of Your Writing? Do You Prefer Certain Writing and Reading Genres?
Aside from entering calls for submissions, I have not had experience with this. I used to be a poetry/non-fiction/song-writing kinda girl, but since I started blogging I am an enthusiastic fan of fiction…especially flash-fiction. I have a new-found love of magnetic poetry. And one other thing I do aside from writing. I love to paint, and more recently creating digital art. So you will quite often see original artwork that I’ve created.
6. Do You Have Any Helpful Tips for New Writers or Bloggers? Also, for fun, What Are Your Top Three Favorite Bloggers?
Keep writing. Even if it is to say…today sucks, I have writer’s block and nothing to say. Because even that fulfills the greatest aspiration of any writer…to touch people through words. Chances are you’ll be saying what others wish they could say even in those time when you feel like you have nothing to say.
When it comes to blogs and bloggers, it is all about relationship. I have formed some amazing relationships with the most interesting people from all over the world. This is the wonder and beauty of blogging. A few favorites:
- Jane Dougherty Writes – because Jane is a fantastic writer who challenges and inspires me.
Anything Food or Recipe related, particularly the ones that share life experience as part of their menu…
- Another Foodie Blogger – Kathryn and I are Word With Friends friends as a result of connecting on WordPress
- Linz Real Cooking – This lady, I love her…Lynn is a fantastic cook, but it is her story that will blow you away. She is a wonder.
And Challenges…I love writing challenges!
- Friday Fictioneers
- Ronovan Writes Haiku Poetry Challenge
- TJ’s Household Haiku
- Haiku Horizons
- Three Line Tales
- 52 Words in 52 Weeks
- Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge
- Sunday Photo Fiction
- and…my personal little offering: Twittering Tales. 🙂
“Keep writing. Even if it is to say…today sucks, I have writer’s block and nothing to say. Because even that fulfills the greatest aspiration of any writer…to touch people through words. Chances are you’ll be saying what others wish they could say even in those time when you feel like you have nothing to say.”- Kat Myrman
7. Kat, Please Share with Us Some of Your Favorite Writing Pieces.
by Kat Myrman
September 12, 2015
My love for you began
before I understood that
you would be a life-long
obsession. You wooed me
with promises of blissful
release, and pledged to
sustain me, encouraging
me to use you whenever
I had need. You tickled
my ears with sweet
me to dance, to twirl
through lyrical dips and
curves that left me
breathless and wanting
You held nothing back,
revealing your fierce
passion and power to
rattle and persuade, cool
and cunning, cutting me
to the heart with
It only made me love
you more, drawing me
deep, with a yearning to
trace every syllable of
your complexity, fingers
trembling with each
touch, you became
an empty open book
begging to be filled.
Words…if you must
know, you had me at
kat ~ 12 September 2015
(This poem was featured on Women’s Spiritual Poetry Blogspot on October 6, 2015)
8. Here Is Some More Of Kat’s Blog Pieces:
- Global Uprising – Flash-fiction by Kat Myrman
- The Midnighters — Flash-Fiction by Kat Myrman
- Shai Sai’s Sunday’s Week in Reverse December 10, 2017, by Kat Myrman (poetry)
- Unspoken Rule – Three Line Tales Prompt – By Kat Myrman
Thank You to Kat for her wonderful interview. I enjoyed learning more about her and her writing as I have been blogging with her for a few years now. Her blog again is: Like Mercury Colliding — Moments of Unexpected Clarity.
If you are interested in being interviewed for a blogger/writer interview or if you blog for a cause, you can contact me via myContact Page on my blog. Thanks and have a Wonderful Christmas!
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