Blog Tour


Shortly after I reuinted with my friend Rochelle Wisoff Fields, she asked me to participate in this blog tour. Sounds fun, so thanks to Rochelle and her fine blog Addicted to Purple, here I am.

 What am I working on?

I’ve been working primarily as a freelance writer for over two years. Recently, I’ve begun working on more short fiction writing. I have a collection of jazz poetry that might be picked up shortly by a publisher. Meanwhile, I am also growing my collection of short stories. Who knows what the future holds? Given my adventures thus far, I’m certain it will involve healthy doses of creativity. Beyond that, I look forward to being surprised.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My poetry relies heavily on the rhythms of jazz and American roots music, a quality that I haven’t seen frequently in modern poetry. I’ve been asked if I count syllables. That’s a definite “no.” Instead, I often listen to music for hours before beginning to compose.

My short stories come from my life experiences and family stories that have become legend. Of course, I’m always careful to take my dad’s sister’s advice and “never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

Why do I write what I do?

I write because if I stopped my heart would stop beating. Writing is to me as important as breathing, and it has been since I first picked up a pencil to write a Chronicles of Narnia fan fiction in the second grade.

 How does my writing process work?

I’ve mentioned how music inspires my poetry. For short stories, I often jump from a prompt given in a forum or writers’ group. Getting cold or taking a walk for some fresh air often prompts my muse when I have writers’ block. Most of my best work comes out all at once because I usually write the first few drafts in my head before putting pen to paper or fingers on a keyboard.

The end of my post is supposed to introduce three new bloggers who will be doing the tour next week. Unfortunately, I’ve had some difficulty locating participants, and my computer also died (a sad death) while I was preparing for this tour. Since I’ve managed to retrieve my file, I’m posting before I get the next three bloggers lined up. Stay tuned for more.

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5 thoughts on “Blog Tour

  1. Jazz poetry, sounds interesting. Also, what was your Narnia fanfic about? 🙂

    • storydivamg says:

      Oh dear, well, I was seven at the time that I wrote the Narnia fanfic. As I recall, I got in a lot of trouble for writing it because it was very violent. It was pretty much my first and last ever attempt at fanfic.

      The jazz poetry is a lot better than the stuff I wrote “back in the day.” I’ve tried posting a few samples here, but WordPress doesn’t cooperate with formatting that is integral to much of my poetry.

      Thanks for reading. Shoot me an email at mariegail.stratford@gmail.com if you’d like to do the Blog Tour, David. I’d love to feature you.

  2. VictoriaJoDean says:

    fascinating concept of Jazz poetry. When you’re editing your post, the typical view is ‘visual’. Have you clicked on the ‘text’ view? It lets you change the spacing and keep it as you want it. As long as you’re aware of the margins on your final page, you can manipulate the post somewhat. If you already know all this, you’re ahead of me!

    • storydivamg says:

      Yes, I’ve played with the coding a little, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet. I’m still very new to WordPress, and my computer failure in the past two weeks has left me less willing to try new things. Maybe soon. 🙂

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