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Ask Jen – 18th April 2019

Hola amigos,

I haven’t answered some questions in a while (sorry!) and I was planning to answer these on my podcast, but here are some answers for you now 🙂

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Rhouda asked: Hi, I’m making a visual poem based from my own poems and was wondering what was the song used in love is love? Thanks, but if you could please respond to me on my email I’d be more than happy. It’s due in a couple of days but again. Thanks for taking the time to read my question or more like a statement. Smile always!

I did try to reply with an email, but unfortunately, you didn’t leave an email address, so hopefully you’ll see this instead 🙂

The backing for Love Is Love is my track “Oh Boy”, which you can download here.

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Anonymous asked: Would you ever consider doing a live podcast recording with an audience? Quite a lot of podcasts do that and it can be a really fun environment. It would be a good chance for those of us who haven’t been able to see you live to have that experience…

I haven’t really thought about it, but if enough people wanted me to, then I don’t see why not haha.

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Anonymous asked: Are you seeing anyone right now? 

Nope. I’m just kind of writing a lot and making music and stuff, so I mean…

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Katie asked: Will you be adding more tour dates for 2019? 

I think so, yes. I’m working on putting some stuff together for the summer, so hopefully I’ll be able to announce those soon 🙂

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Anonymous asked: What is your favourite song from Subliminals? 

White Wine or Subliminals. They are both very different than other stuff I’ve done before but they were a lot of fun to create.

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Kylie asked: Which poems are currently on your set list for live performances?

I don’t really have a set performance list that I use for every event, if that makes sense. It really depends what kind of event I’m doing, what is likely to be enjoyed by an audience and so on. I am, for the most part, reading things from my upcoming book at the moment though.

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Anonymous asked: Was there any significance for the video of 27, With A White Lighter being filmed in Blackpool? It’s a place that a lot of us now associate with you, so it was very special to see you there again, but is it a hint of something to come? 

I was just there. I wish I could give a better answer than that, but it was literally that I was there on holiday and I fancied filming a video. That being said, I am planning to head there in the summer to film some stuff for a new project…

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Sammy asked: What inspired you to create the instrumental album to go with Ol’ Brown Eyes Is Back? 

The book actually started as an audio collection. I was only planning on it being eight or so poems, the way I normally do audio collections, but it grew and grew, and now it’s almost two hundred pages, so it’s way too long for me to do an audio collection featuring every poem, so I decided to keep the instrumentals I had already started, instead of just scrapping them, to create a little background experience for when people are reading the book.

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Anonymous asked: What is the poem at the end of Hola?

It’s called Indeed I Do, and it’s from the new book 🙂

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Gabby asked: Who is Life, Uh, Finds A Way about? It’s such a beautiful poem! Is it in the new book?

Thank you, yes it is 🙂 It’s just about someone I used to hang out with, and we were kinda in love a little bit, but it was v complicated, so we would just play dinosaurs and forget. You know?

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Anonymous asked: Will you ever release your covers, like Blue Velvet, On The Inside and Amnesia? 

I would, but I can’t because they aren’t my songs ha. I think maybe I could just put them up on my website or youtube or something but I don’t know.

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Melody Ann asked: Do you know if The Good Life In Galicia anthology that you are featured in will have a hardback edition coming out? 

As far as I’m aware, no, but if that changes in the future, I’ll update the website to let everyone know 🙂

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Anonymous asked: You said previously that you weren’t too concerned about YouTuber books, but I was wondering if your thoughts had changed in recent years, especially with scandals such as Zoella releasing a book that contained basic content like a guide on how to take a walk outside, and Gabbie Hanna releasing a poetry book that contained nothing that could really be considered poetry? Does it feel like a slap in the face to people like you, Sav Brown and others who do YouTube but also write, when people who make non writing content churn out books like that?

I wasn’t really aware of either of those things to be honest. I’m familiar with Zoella, but I don’t really keep up with her merchandising endeavours, and I only know Gabbie Hanna from the memes, so I didn’t know she had released a book. I haven’t really given the subject much thought since the last time I was asked about it, really, because I’m working on my own projects.

I would hope that YouTubers are responsible with their platforms and don’t exploit their audience by selling them something crap to make money, but the only person I have control over is myself, so I don’t see any point in being angry about it. I’d rather just use my energy on working on my own content and putting out the best things I can.

I don’t consider anything that a YouTuber does to be disrespectful to me unless it directly references me, to be honest. I’m not narcissistic enough to believe that they are writing books maliciously, just to fuck with me. I have no need to feel threatened by what they do, because we are doing different things.

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That’s all for this edition, kids. If you want to ask me a question, you can send them in here.

Besos,

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Ask Jen – 16th June 2018

Hola amigos,

Here are the answers to some of the questions you asked me!

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Ari asked: What was your favorite poem from What Ever Happened To Baby Jen? And why did you call the collection that?

My favourite poem from the collection was Cherry Coke. I named the collection, in part, after “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?” Which is one of my favourite films.

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Nicole asked: You don’t have to if you don’t want to, but with it being Pride month, would you consider doing a video for She’s A Sensitive Girl or Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy? Poems about women who love women are so underrepresented, and the ones we do have are normally very male gaze focused, but what you wrote was so gentle and loving, so it would mean a lot to me if we got a video for one of them. Pretty please? 🙂

I’m releasing a video for one of those next week 🙂

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Anon asked: Will you do more audio collections, or start writing more music to go along with your poems in the future?

Yes! I really enjoyed working on the audio collection, so it’s definitely something I’d like to do again.

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Katie asked: Will you be coming to Scotland soon?

Yes, I hope so!

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Kyle asked: Are you making any more videos for the poems in Kissing Boys, Just For The Thrill?

I’m not sure yet. I have already done nine (ten if you count the alt version of Palo Alto), so I don’t want to keep spamming people with videos based on those poems, in case people get bored, but if people want them, then I don’t see why not.

At the moment, I have videos planned from What Ever Happened To Baby Jen, Drowning In Us and another upcoming collection, but, as I said, if people still want them from the new book, I’m happy to oblige.

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Victoria asked: Will you be singing on the Drowning In Us Soundtrack?

Yes, the vocal versions aren’t used in the film itself, but they are included in the soundtrack. There are two new vocal songs on it, entitled Wildflowers, and Your Heart. There is also a new instrumental of 2AM, but I haven’t decided if I want to add a version with vocals yet, or not.

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Julius asked: What do you think about Simply_Kenna? Would you collab with her on a poetry project some day?

I’m not super familiar with her work, but what I’ve seen is very nice. I don’t know her at all as a person, so I think doing a project together is probably unlikely, simply because I don’t know her in real life, so it would be difficult to arrange something like that, we do also have quite different styles so I’m not sure if we would be suitable collaboration partners, but stranger things have happened, so, I don’t know, maybe?

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Sammy asked: Your poetry videos are really unique, because a lot just feature the poet reading, but you make something so different. What inspired you to make videos in the style you do?

Thank you! One of my favourite films of all time, as many of you may know, is The Ring. When I started making videos, I was very inspired by the cursed video from The Ring. I loved the idea of a series of mysterious, and seemingly unconnected, surreal images, that slowly make more sense, as the message of the poem unfolds, in a similar way to the cursed video from the movie.

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Anonymous asked: Is a return to wrestling in 2018 on the cards?

I wish I could give a straight answer on this, because I’ve been asked this by quite a few people in the past, and every time, my answer is vague and stuff, and I’m sure that is incredibly annoying for people who are nice enough to care and ask me about it.

The simple, and straightest answer I can give is, maybe, with conditions.

There were a lot of great and enjoyable moments for me, in wrestling, and some great people that I really enjoyed working with, but there were also horrible times and horrible people, so, and I swear down, I’m not trying to be a diva when I say this, I would be open to it, for the right people. I don’t want to work with certain people, who have been either directly involved, or complicit in abuse and shady practices. I don’t want to work in environments where I won’t feel safe or like everyone around me is safe.

The key thing to remember here is, I am not actually, by any means, a good wrestler, and I have never pretended that I was, so I’m not sure there is any value in anyone bringing me back, unless it was to work with Jonathan Windsor (who I have no issue working with), or as a manager for someone else.

If I could fit stuff in around my writing projects, and it was for a good place, I’m all for it, but right now, I don’t know what’s happening with it.

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Josie asked: Why is the song in the alternate version of Palo Alto Passion different to the original version?

There are two reasons.

  1. I didn’t want to get a copyright strike on my YouTube channel, so I made two versions, so I could upload one to YouTube that wouldn’t contain music that would get me in trouble.
  2. The poem is about a very specific moment in my life, and in that moment, that song was in my head, because I had watched the movie Palo Alto, while on the train to the date that I was on, when this moment happened.

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Ask Jen – January 15th

Melody Ann asked “What inspired I Love You, Bye?”

The dehumanisation of celebrities. It was originally going to be the end of Querida, with Damien kidnapping her, but I came up with a different ending, so ended up using the idea for a separate story. I think while the majority of fandom is wonderful, creative and respectful, there are people who cross a line and treat their idols as if they are objects that belonged to them, so I wanted to explore the idea a little, and that was what I came up with.

Katie asked “Who is your favourite wrestling manager of all time?”

Either Donna or Vickie Guerrero. I think both really added to matches they were involved in, and really went the extra mile to make the client memorable, without making the entire thing about themselves and leaving the client forgotten, which is pretty much the key point of managing that a lot of people miss. Unfortunately, some genuinely believe it is just about standing at ringside, and clapping/looking dismayed at the right moment, or constantly speaking for the client and doing all the promo work, so they never advance their skills, but there is far more to it than that.

Being a manager is about taking what is great about the client and enhancing it, making sure they are memorable, while giving the opportunity for them to learn from you and improve on what they may currently be lacking, which they both did very well.

They were also both strong female characters who took no shit, which is lovely.

Jack asked “What kind of coffee do you like?”

I don’t. Coffee is far too grown up for me. I don’t even like coffee flavoured things, actually.

Amy asked “What do you think of Youtubers writing books?”

I honestly don’t care to be honest. I know some people get mad about it, but it encourages reading in young people, sells books which brings money back into publishing and helps to fund new authors, and makes the readers of those books happy.

I could complain about Youtubers getting book deals, or I could just keep writing my own stuff, gaining experience and skills and not have an internet trail of trashing other people who have been published, that will make me look bitter, and alienate potential readers when I eventually get a book deal.

I would personally not read many of them, but I’m not the target audience. I think there is a big issue in writing communities in that people genuinely believe that books are only valid if they are the kind of books they will read. It may not be for you, and that is fine, just read something that is aimed at you, and move on. I wrote more on this here, actually.

There is the ghost writing issue, but the fact is, ghost writers decide to ghost write, and they get paid, so it isn’t really something to be concerned about, it is just a part of the writing industry. You could argue that Youtubers should be upfront if their book is ghostwritten, to maintain transparency with their fans, but that kind of defeats the point of ghost writing, because you’re not supposed to know…

TLDR, I don’t care, because I have my own shit to do.

 


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Ask Jen – 2nd October

Sheree asked “Would you consider doing readings soon?”

I don’t know, maybe. I Would like to, but it’s just getting everything together.

Leanne asked “How is the movie coming along?”

I was editing it, and I came up with a different ending, so I’m reshooting some things to change the end, but hopefully it should be up by about January.

Michael asked “What kind of note books do you use to write with?”

Honestly, whatever I can find. I’m not a big believer in spending lots of money on notebooks, but I think that is more because my handwriting is terrible, and I make a lot of notes and it’s a bit all over the place, so it seems a little silly to spend a ton of money on notebooks when the inside will be a mess anyway.

Riley asked “Have you ever worked with someone and regretted it?”

No, I don’t think so. I don’t work with other people very often, so there isn’t much to regret.


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Ask Jen- September 25th

Hannah asked “How do you come up with collection names?”

For general things that don’t have a theme, it’s normally just the most interesting poem title that I use, but if it has a theme, I can normally come up with something a bit more interested that will describe what I’m writing about.

Michelle asked “What is your favourite lipstick?”

Currently, Exposed by Kylie Cosmetics.

Gloria asked “How far did you get with learning Esperanto?”

About six lessons in. I know, I know! I found it quite difficult, so I’ve switched to Welsh, which I’m finding a lot easier to get the hang of. I doubt I’ll be writing things entirely in Welsh any time soon, but I could probably have a basic conversation right now.

Rose asked “What is your ultimate ambition as a writer?”

To write something that somebody likes, and to keep doing so, on as regular a basis as is possible for someone like me, who has a lack of discipline and way too many ideas.

Alan asked “I know you’ve said it isn’t finished, but what is your novel about?”

I don’t want to say too much, but it is a time travel romance, with some elements of magic, or something, I don’t really know at this point, because I keep changing things, because I suck.


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