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Ask Jen – April 10th

Hola amigos,

Here are some of the answers to your questions 🙂

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Sophie asked “What Is Your Personality Type?”

I don’t know. I tried to take one of those tests but I got distracted. That could give you some insight, maybe?

Gabby asked “Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend at the moment?”

Not really. I’m kind of seeing a few people, in a very removed and distant way, that is less “seeing them” and more “talking to them occasionally, sometimes going on dates, and like, whatever”. As you guys will know, I’m not the best at relationships, but it’s 2018, and I’m not trying to die alone, so I’m just trying out a few things, seeing what happens, and generally just hoping for the best. I find dating very hard, as I’ve said before, because it seems very impersonal and immediate sometimes, but I’m doing my best.

Amberlee asked “Who is You’re A Crushing Bore about?”

Me, but also people I know. It was kind of a self drag that ended up also dragging other people, but in a gentle and loving way, that was trying to be encouraging.

Rich asked “How did you write 2AM?” 

I actually wrote the whole thing on my phone. I know some people will think this is cheating, but, I mean, whatever, man. I mainly used Garageband to do it, and while it does make things a little easier, you do have to kind of know what you’re doing, so I wouldn’t really say it was cheating, personally (then again, would I actually admit to that?). When I did my GCSE in music at school, I was really interested in the modules we did on electronic music, and the different possibilities, so I’ve always been very into that. I do actually play a little guitar, and that, but doing it that way would mean booking studio time, and paying other people to help me, and I’m a cheap queen.

Sheree asked “How do you pick which poems to read in your podcast?”

I want to say something really smart about how I pick a theme for the episode and then choose poems based on that, but I really don’t. Generally, I will start with anything new that I have to share, and then just go through my older stuff to find something that I haven’t read yet, that I feel like doing. There isn’t a real science or magic formula to it, I’m afraid, it’s just whatever I have to hand, that I think I can get through in five takes or less (believe me, it really can take that long).

Kyle asked “What are some random facts about you?”

I pretended to be allergic to seafood for several years, because of a traumatic experience involving basically being force fed fish by this douche bag. I insisted that it closed my airways, because I thought the usual seafood allergy symptoms of stomach problems was unglamourous and unbecoming. I also have tinnitus in my right ear. It isn’t much of a problem, but I tend to use subtitles for pretty much everything because sometimes it can make it difficult to hear if I’m in a loud environment.

Riley asked “Did you like working with Jonathan Windsor at IPW:UK, and would you do it again?”

Yes, and yes. Jonathan is a really great person, and one of my favourite people I ever met through working in wrestling. He was very supportive and very kind to me, when some people weren’t, and I will always appreciate and remember that. I have always been supportive of his career, since before we worked together, because I think what he does is a really fresh spin on a classic character type, so I’d love to work with him again if the opportunity came up and we both had the time for that. I don’t know about working with other people, so much, because everything has changed, and I don’t really know many of them that well, but definitely Jonathan, and a few other talents that I really admire, and am familiar with enough to explore a working relationship. I’ll always be grateful to IPW:UK, as well as other promotions like Progress, for taking a chance on me, and giving me opportunities. I think IPW:UK has gone through some drastic changes with the new management and they are really building a new legacy, which is really cool to see. I think Billy Wood is doing a fantastic job at delivering a great product, and also being one of the leading voices for making British wrestling a safer and more transparent environment. I keep meaning to look into EVE’s new academy, because it seems like an ideal place for me to continue training and explore what would be possible, and I know for a fact that Rhia O’Reilly is probably one of the best trainers a person could wish for. We’ll see, there is plenty of time left in 2018.

Josie asked “Is Come Dancing still your favourite thing that you wrote?”

Yes and no. I have a lot of other things that I think are far better from a technical standpoint, which is understandable because Come Dancing is now several years old. However, Come Dancing is, like, emotionally my favourite because I have very fond memories of when and where I wrote it.

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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,

Jx


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The First Ace

Tentative trees,

with thick, denying branches,

snake down,

to the first Ace,

constricting, constraining,

surrounding her,

like the night,

but,

she is not afraid.

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She is not made of man’s rib,

but constructed of her own collarbone.

She shines,

brighter than the broken stars,

that had given up hope,

and grows taller than the voices,

that told her to hide.

She has arrived,

and she will teach the forest to grow.


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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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Happy Birthday, Progress Wrestling!

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Ah, Progress. Light of my life, fuel of my wrestlefeels.

Yesterday, Progress Wrestling celebrated their second anniversary in the only way they know how, with an excellent evening of entertainment at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

Jim, John, Glen, and their incredible roster of talent gave us yet another reason to rush online to purchase tickets for their next show, on May the 18th, and I have no doubt we shall feel the same then too.

While I won’t spoil results for those who weren’t lucky enough to have a ticket, I will advise you to head over to their website and treat yourself to some anniversary presents, and I will also celebrate, with a little haiku. After all, I have to use my creative writing degree for something.

Progress. Clap, clap, clap.
Warriors wrestle wisely,
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Enjoying Wrestling As An Adult – A Helpful Guide Written By A “Grown Up”

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Some would say wrestling is childish, or a phase. I however would say that wrestling is magic, and not the childish kind of magic, but everyday magic that makes your life that little bit better, like a simple smile from a stranger on the way to work, or bulmers.

Wrestling can take you back to happy childhood memories, or transport you to your old Uni dorms, or take you to the couch, in between your wife and child, and that is because there is no age limit on when you discover wrestling, it just matters that you do.

The important thing however is to ensure that as you wander through life, you don’t grow out of wrestling, by letting adult logic ruin it for you.

Firstly, I’d recommend remembering that wrestling is fun. It’s incredibly fun, and you can’t let that get away from you. If you take it too seriously, it stops being fun. If you find yourself frustrate with your current wrestling fix, then don’t worry, there are a million alternative promotions or styles out there. From the family friendly, glamorous vibe of the WWE, to the hard hitting Ring Of Honor, not forgetting women’s promotions such as Shimmer and Bellatrix, classic British promotions such as All Star, and the newer breed of British Wrestling, Progress wrestling, there really is something for everyone, so if your current promotion leaves you hungry for something more, dine out and try something new. Just don’t give up on wrestling in general because one promotion leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

Secondly, try to leave a little mystery for yourself. I understand that can be difficult, with spoilers all over social media and message boards, and wrestling news sites beckoning you towards pages full of inside information, but wrestling is far more enjoyable when you let it surprise you. WWE’s smackdown is easily spoiled by checking any news site or forum on a Wednesday morning, but Smackdown definitely becomes a more enjoyable show when you watch it in full, without reading fan reports, especially as there can be some moments that are sold short or simply not reported by fans in attendance for tapings.

Thirdly, follow wrestlers on social media. Now, you might be a little tired of wrestling’s descent onto social media, with WWE’s new focus on trending topics, touts (ah, tout) and of course, Michael Cole’s WWE app plugs, but WWE’s use of social media can improve your viewing experience. With app exclusive promos, fun interactions between superstars and divas on social media, and of course, interactions of your own with wrestlers and fans alike, social media can be a big improvement on watching wrestling alone, especially how that independent promotions have joined in.

Fourth and finally, and this may not be popular, but it definitely helps, limit yourself to what you actually need to know. Do you need to know which wrestlers are dating? Do you need to know how TNA are doing in the ratings? Do you need to know who is being “buried”? Are you even 100% sure of what that means? I’d say the answer to all of the above is probably, no. You can enjoy wrestling a lot more when you stop trying to figure out the ins and outs and just have a good time watching some cool, crazy stuff, especially as a lot of things you will find online is inaccurate.

So, to summarise, don’t be afraid of social media, let yourself be surprised, don’t tie yourself up in trying to understand everything, and most importantly, remember that wrestling is fun, and you’re not tied to one promotion for life. The choices are out there, throw off the cape of adult responsibility and jump into the ocean of wrestling.