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Five Questions: All Kinds of Writing

1. Why do you blog?
On my personal writing blog, All Kinds of Writing, I blog mostly because it’s a fun way for me to tackle everything writing in my life. Since I write fiction, non-fiction, op-eds and factual articles, my blog is about ALL kinds of writing. However, I do concentrate on my favourite part – fiction writing. My blog gives me a venue to express my thoughts on writing, my problems with writing, share my struggles and successes.
I blog on With Sticks and Stones, a political blog, because I’m a very opinionated person who has to speak her mind and has fun when she engages in intelligent debate.
I also blog for some change on Blogging Stocks.

2. Which author and/or book has most influenced you?
Easy – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. This was the one book that influenced me and my thinking and who I am more than any other book I’ve ever read. From the first sentence.
I don’t know if Catch 22 influenced my writing so much, but Joseph Heller’s other books did. Also a combination of sci-fi authors and “classical” authors had their influence, from Milan Kundera, Marquez, Irving to Neal Stephenson, Atwood and Asimov.

3. Which three blogs do you most visit?
Three blogs? Oh boy. I use bloglines and read almost everything through feeds so there are many blogs I would read daily had they posted daily, so I feel this is somewhat unfair. But okay.
PhysOrg.com – I’m not sure it’s a blog, but I think it is. A great source of science news that doesn’t “dumb things down” too much.
The Valve – a literary organ – I don’t always understand what they write, but I try . . .
There’s my friend Ryan Oakley’s blog – A unique, hilarious, serious and twisted site about robots, scientific research and many other things.
Then there are most blogs on my blogroll which I visit when updated. My “bloggy” friends.

4. Why do you read fiction?
Not sure. Never thought about that really. I guess that first and foremost I read because it’s fun. Then there is the need to read about fictional things, lives that aren’t real, events that never happened.
When it comes to science-fiction, the need is almost a kind of hope. A curiosity to see what could happen, what are our limits both scientifically and imagination wise. It is fascinating.
For literary fiction, the need to read comes from the need to feed one’s soul, as corny as it may sound. I wonder why humans need art, that’s the way I think about it. Perhaps to reach higher states of understanding.

5. What makes you laugh? Almost anything. Really, I laugh at almost everything. From macabre and grotesque to slapstick (as long as there are no “bodily functions” jokes). Life makes me laugh. It is quite ridiculous – isn’t it?

Melly’s blog is All Kinds of Writing, which can be found here: http://allkindsofwriting.blogspot.com/

Since writing this Melly has found herself in a war-zone in Northern Israel, where she travelled to be with her family during this dangerous time. Do be safe, Melly. We hope the peace comes soon.

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