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  • Interview With bazz cargo




    I give you bazz cargo.






    Thank you for joining us, bazz cargo. Please tell us about yourself.

    I'm a fifty-two year-old, ill-educated male with a bald spot. I drive everyone mad and have been described as 'mental.' (Thanks Bilston). I'm married, have a dog, and I wage slave in a factory for a pittance.


    When and why did you begin writing?

    When.

    Ever since I can remember I have told stories. Only relatively recently technology has enabled me to write them down. I have communication problems. I struggle to read and have poor coordination which reduces my writing to a scribble, especially when I am tired. Strictly speaking it is not dyslexia, but it has a lot in common, calling my condition dyslexia saves hours of explanation.

    Why?

    It's fun.


    How many hats do you have in your home?

    Three, a fedora and two woolly ones. Metaphorically: husband, dog's servant, D.I.Y.er, cook, spider evict-or, computer trouble-shooter (despite knowing stuff-all about computers), business advisor, (despite knowing stuff-all about businesses), cheese sex-er, and general fount of useless knowledge.


    When did you first consider yourself a writer?

    When The Backward Ox said something nice about something I wrote. There is a refreshing bluntness about his opinions. (Actually, there are some writers on this forum who are better than any of the Smith's shelf-fillers and they have been kind enough to give me a few pointers. One is measured by the company one keeps). If a writer is willing to treat me as a fellow writer, I'm taking that as a big hint.


    Do you have a specific writing style?

    I don't think so, if anyone has spotted one they can let me know.


    Is there a message in your work/s that you want readers to grasp?

    Mostly it is experimental. I'm more into entertainment rather than messages.


    How much of your work is realistic?

    Very little. Some of it is wild exaggeration of life in general. Some is odd-ball.


    Describe where you are and what’s around you right now.

    I'm shackled to a computer in our spare bedroom/office. To my left my Wife is Wiki-nutting, to my right Raff (Le chein) is resting an ear against the radiator and chasing rabbits in a dream.


    Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

    Life is a good place to find inspiration: Double standards, snobbery, luck, good and bad, the strangeness of human behaviour. By the time I filter it through my prejudices and blend it with my sense of peculiar the result can be unusual.


    What books or works have most influenced your life?

    My Life?

    I like reading encyclopedias. Every now and then I dip into my recently purchased spag books. From my youth, Reach For The Sky, the autobiography of Douglas Bader. There's a man who fell flat on his face big time, and got up and carried on. From very early on, The Magic Faraway Tree.


    If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

    There is a whole gang of them on this forum. Scott, The Xo, Spider8, Lou Lou, Olly, and many many others. Too many to mention here.


    What book or works are you reading right now?

    The history of the village I live in, written and self published by a local author, and Ideas Man by Shed Simove.


    Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

    J. E. Browning. (www.homequest-liberation.com). Sam W. KarlR. I also won't miss Chris Miller, Scott Derry, Sunny, Lou Lou and a few others on my list.


    What are your current projects?

    Save the planet, write a novel, fix a leaky gutter, make dinner.


    Name someone or something that you feel has helped you outside of family members.

    This forum. My PC. Without constant spell checking and touch typing I would be incomprehensible.


    Do you see writing as a career?

    I didn't see me writing much at all. Now? Not a career, no. It might help change our lives a bit, if I manage to write something commercially.


    If you had to do it all over again with regard to writing, is there anything you would change?

    The schools I attended.


    Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

    Reading constantly, thinking 'I'd love to tell stories like this.'


    Can you share a little of your current work with us?

    This is not suitable to read if you have sensitivity about suicide.

    Extreme Irony.

    As he leapt from the top of the tallest building in all the land he uttered the words, “goodbye cruel world!” For he was a traditionalist.

    As the last syllable left his lips his phone rang. Despite being busy plunging, he succumbed to the training of many years of habit, he answered it. His wife was unable to contain her composure. “Darling! We've won forty million pounds on the Euro-lottery!”

    Without a word he tossed the phone to one side, spread his arms wide, then with vigour and determination he started to flap.


    Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?

    My mind is like a firework display. Trying to keep to one track at a time is tough. I would dearly love more time to write. If anyone wishes to sponsor me, I would willingly give up working and play at writing.


    Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

    There is a sadistic tendency in you. I am unable to choose one above many others.


    If I opened your refrigerator right now, what would I find?

    I actually went and looked.

    Margarine, salmon, cheese, mayonnaise, yoghurt, milk, home-made apple crumble, cream, salad stuff, chicken pieces marinating in a curry sauce, half a jar of red current jelly, half a jar of home-made apple sauce, a stuffed penguin and I lied about the penguin.


    Did you learn anything from your writing and what was it?


    Paraphrasing Chef Gusteau. “What I say is true; anyone can write, but only the fearless can be great.


    What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be a writer?

    A teacher. I have seen so many fail through lack of understanding of their pupils.


    Do you have any advice for other writers?


    Use a spell-checker but be suspicious of it. Learn to touch type.


    Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?


    If/when I have written a book, buy it.


    The final comments are yours.

    I would like to warn the next interviewee, there is no limo to the studio. No green room hospitality and no chance of a bit of flirtation. And no money.
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