Notes from An Alien

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Getting Up Close And Personal…

Our last post had me interviewing Simone Benedict. I’m in the process of lining up a number of other writers, some published, some aspiring, and bringing them here to talk about the strange craft they pursue.

Today is me interviewing myself…

I’m a writer but I used to be a singer.

What motivates me in music is the very same mojo that writing gives me.

My soon-to-be-published book carries the same thumping heartache as the Blues, the same impetuous triumph as Jazz.

I was raised by two ministers, Mom and Dad, and my two older sisters also became ministers.

I tried for six decades to fit into our corporate-controlled world and failed miserably.

My book, Notes from An Alien, explores fundamentalistic religion and fundamentalistic corporatism. It also portrays possible solutions to both.

The whole struggle of my life is woven into the book. The whole song of my existence is sung by the book.

Yet, I’m just a writer who used to be a singer…

Maybe you’ll understand my motto, “I’m a writer with roaring flames in my heart”, if you hear one of my favorite singers.

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14 responses to “Getting Up Close And Personal…

  1. cmmarcum February 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Well, that was a short interview. I wanted to hear more about you, and I wanted to hear you sing. Come on, give it up. I want the spice details. Are you self taught in writing or formally educated? List your publications with links, so I can zoom over and read them–I know you probably already have your publications listed somewhere on this blog, but never underestimated someone else’s laziness or an opportunity to promote yourself–I read that in a magazine. :)


  2. Simone Benedict February 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    What denomination were you raised in, if I may ask? Also how would you describe fundamentalistic? I have lots of questions since I’ve read your book, but these are the first two I thought of.


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      I was raised in the Salvation Army which lots of folks don’t realize is a church…

      Fundamentalistic? Dogma-bound. Antagonistic to other Faiths…

      So, answer me a question, Simone. What would characterize a fundamentalistic corporation?

      No fair using the one from my book. Make it an Earth corporation…


      • Simone Benedict February 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        Hey! No fair. We’re supposed to be asking you the questions. :-)

        By way of your meaning of the term, I can see where there are corporations that are fundamentalistic. I think antagonistic is a key factor. I’m not sure I fully understand what you mean by dogma-bound.


        • Alexander M Zoltai February 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

          dogma = “A religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof” or “A doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative”

          I mean dogma-bound in the sense of the first definition: bound up with proclaiming things as true without proof…


          • Simone Benedict February 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

            Oh. Yes, I can see that. I’m going to take a look at your manuscript again to be sure I fully understand.


            • Alexander M Zoltai February 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

              So you’re just gonna go ahead and cheat and look in the manuscript, eh??

              Ah, what is one to do with a lady from a small town in Kansas :-)


              • Simone Benedict February 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

                Forgive me. I went to our town’s Breakfast Prayer Meeting this morning and the preacher gave a sermon about men leading lives of quiet desperation, attributing the quote to Winston Churchill. Everyone else was nodding and smiling while I was screaming inside, “It was Thoreau!” Talk about a life of quiet desperation!

                My point is I’m still a bit befuddled and it seems in Kansas it don’t matter if it’s right so long as it’s somewhat right. So, I’ll give it a shot. Corporations telling us what we need, what we need to pay for the things we need, and so on. Perhaps that could be seen as dogma? Again, I think I should just cheat and look it up in your book. (hee hee hee)


                • Alexander M Zoltai February 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

                  I had problems as a child with my Dad getting up in front of the congregation and saying things about the Bible that I knew weren’t true…

                  Ya know, there isn’t a “list” in the book that defines a fundamentalistic corporation but I’ll cheat and say that the advertising they conduct, with blatant lies or promises that have no basis in fact or distortion of “studies” that skew facts, is one example of dogmatic behavior of Earth corporations…

                  Then there’s the dogmatism of those poor folk sitting in their cubicles dispensing “help” for customers. Trying to get them to use simple reason or common sense is fruitless. In fact, when I find one who fesses-up to the corporate line and admits the truth, I’m happy and sad: happy that they have traits of real humanity and sad that they work where they do …..


  3. HaleyWhitehall February 11, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Interviewing yourself now that is a novel idea. I did enjoy reading it. I would love to hear you sing too :)


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  5. Alexander M Zoltai October 29, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:

    A new record for this blog — third re-blog today :-)


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