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Ask Jen – August 28th 2019

Hola amigos,

Here are some of the answers to the questions you guys asked me 🙂

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Sarah asked: Would you ever do some tutorials about writing or songwriting on YouTube?

That’s an interesting idea. I’ll think about it and see what is possible.

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Anonymous asked: Will there be any more music videos for Sleepwalking?

Maybe, but I don’t want to say yes for sure, because it depends on a lot of things. I will potentially be filming something over the next few weeks but I don’t know for sure yet.

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Rose asked: Will Tiger Eyes be on any future albums? Did you do anymore songs with Scully Bates?

I don’t think so, no. It isn’t my song, I’m just a featured artist. We didn’t do any more songs together, no.

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Gabriella asked: Would you ever do a song with more rock elements again like 2AM? 

That would be fun, yes.

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Anonymous: Are you planning on doing more videos for some of your old poems?

Yes, I am 🙂

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Kylie asked: Will Sincerely, Jennifer x be going on a break through this season? I really enjoy the new episodes, so I hope not…

Possibly, yes, but the break wouldn’t be long and I will let people know beforehand. I still haven’t decided. There is more likely to be a brief break between season three and four than a mid season break during the current season.

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Josie asked: Will you release music in Spanish soon? 

I am planning to record some stuff in the next few months, yes.

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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,

J x


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Ask Jen – 7th May 2019

Hola amigos,

Here are some of the answers to the questions you guys asked me 🙂

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Anonymous asked: What kind of things have you been watching on Netflix lately?

I watch Drag Race, Star Trek Discovery and Jane The Virgin every week. I’ve also been really enjoying an Australian show called Glitch, and I really liked the new Chris Lilley show Lunatics.

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Anonymous asked: How do you decide on which poems to create as visual poems?

I tend to look at the imagery presented in a poem, and assess how realistic it is that I’ll be able to get footage to go with it, and whether the poem will benefit from being expanded to a video format.

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Sam asked: What software do you use to make podcasts? 

I used Anchor, and occasionally I’ll use Bandlab to clean up the audio, although I don’t often have to do that.

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Anonymous asked: Can you tell us any more about the project you are filming in Blackpool in the summer?

I’m planning to film some visual poems there. Maybe a music video too 🙂

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Alex asked: Would you ever do a whole album of songs based on your poems, or a book of poems based on your songs? 

That is a cool idea, so maybe some day. I have written quite a few poems based on songs I’ve done, and the other way around, so I could do. Sometimes it helps me to see things from another perspective.

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Anonymous asked: What podcasts would you recommend? 

I like Jaackmate’s Happy Hour, and Remainiacs. I’d also obviously recommend one of mine ha 🙂

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Kerry Ann asked:  If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do for a job? 

I always find this question difficult, because I’m not really able to do anything else… I always liked the idea of being a member of parliament, but I think I would get too frustrated by all the immature behaviour of some people in that field. It’s bad enough watching it unfold on TV, so I can’t imagine how angry I’d be watching it in real life haha. It would be nice to be able to support and represent my community though, and to be able to give a voice for some of the people who are often ignored by the government. Other than that, I did briefly consider journalism, with a focus on politics or culture (which is a kind of writing, so maybe this is cheating, but…)

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Gabbie asked: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to make video poems like yours? 

The best thing I can advise is to find a visual style and aesthetic that matches with your writing voice. If you create something that looks like someone else’s style (sorry if that makes no sense, I just don’t know how else to describe it…), it won’t feel authentically you, so your audience won’t really have a reason to watch your work, because they could just watch someone else’s and get the same effect.

There are lots of different video softwares available, so you should find one that you feel comfortable with. You don’t have to use the most expensive one, there are lots of cheap ones, and even some free ones, so try out a few and see what works for you.

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Anonymous asked: Will you post more about the kind of music you listen to when you write?

Yes, I have a spotify playlist available here 🙂

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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,

J x

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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,

Jx

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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 – 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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