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QOTD- Who Are You, Comrade Questions?


Every day with the questions.

The Poetry Question has been up and running for a few months now, and frankly, this whole relationship feels a little one sided. Like a police detective or a four-year-old, we’ve been asking all the questions. And we know that such biased conversation, much like dealing with a police detective or a five-year-old, can become tiresome very quickly. So let’s shake things up.

This is gonna be our first Answer of the Day. Ask us anything.

This should be fun, that is if you don’t already feel like we share way too much as it is. Ask us about writing, about the process or our favorite works and artists. And the questions don’t have to be poetry related.

Having problems in your relationship? Ask us about it! We’re just socially retarded enough to make it worse.

Car trouble? No trouble! I live in Oregon, so I don’t even pump my own gas. I’m just the guy to advise you on all issues mechanical.

Not sure what to do about your job situation? We’ll put you right on track. Ever consider blogging? Great way to spend a lot of time for no money.

Obviously I’m going for comic effect here, but we really do want you to ask us any questions you might have. It’s your turn. If we can’t answer you honestly we’ll at least try to be smart-asses about it.



About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

6 comments on “QOTD- Who Are You, Comrade Questions?

  1. Dave Biglen
    July 11, 2013

    I started writing a short story, my first ever and without any prior “training” or classes. Where can I go for honest feedback? Also, how can I get The New Yorker to pick it up?

    • Doran Simmons
      July 11, 2013

      Really, I think the most useful part of creative writing ‘training’ is the fact that it gets you into a room with other writers who can offer that honest feedback. Other writers are the ones who will be able to give that kind of criticism. If you know any… run it by them.
      Get it into The New Yorker? Just be awesome, I guess. Or know someone who works there. Yeah, that one.

    • J. Gabriel Allan
      July 11, 2013

      I would suggest a two-pronged attack (like a messed up for you can’t bear to throw away even though you don’t know what it’s for). Give your story to a writer you know and ask for notes. Give you story to a reader (or two) that you know and ask if they like it. While the former will give you feedback in terms of style, voice, and form, the latter will offer you the most important bit of information: is there a story worth reading here?

      To get into the New Yorker simply insert a black and white cartoon of animals acting anthropomorphically.

  2. Kat Allan
    July 11, 2013

    the Dalai Lama says all beings have the right to happiness; is this true?

    • Doran Simmons
      July 11, 2013

      I got to caddy for the Dalai Lama, back in the 70’s.

      “So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

      To answer your question, yes.

  3. T.a. Allan
    July 11, 2013

    Since you asked us to ask you, why didn’t you correct “says” to “asks”?

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