Fred C. Applebaum comes from the Dust Bowl, USA
How long have you been writing? Ever since I discovered it was the only thing keeping me alive.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? I never know if anything I write is any good, so I don’t feel like I have accomplished anything, unless you consider persisting an accomplishment. And I do.
What projects of yours have been recently published? Pski’s Porch Publishing has been publishing my gaggles of poems as I finish them, adding each new batch to the previous one, so my constantly expanding collected poems should be adding volume 3 in the next few months.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? The Volume 3 of my poems, and my inspiration is really and truly everywhere, I know that sounds a bit fake but it is true, it just takes work to remember. I have pills that help me remember, and some to help me forget.
Where can we find your work? Oh, the internet has some of it, I think, unless those publications have gone into hiding. And Pski’s Porch. And now the Ramingo’s Porch, mostly on porches, apparently.
How do you react to rejections? With flair and a highball.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? The same way as I react to rejections, except I sip the highball.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Please don’t, sounds terribly dull.
What is your favorite book? Oh Lord no, that is too hard. Lately, I very much liked Buzz Aldrin, What Happened in All the Confusion, by Johan Harstad, and also I’ve been reading Dawn Powell, who I somehow missed earlier.
Who is your favorite author? Again, no, there are just too many. I wish I had Sinclair Beiles’ hair, if that helps.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Well, are they preparing the dinner or am I? Or at a restaurant? Perhaps if I could meet Hildegard of Bingen at Sushi Ichikawa, that would be fun.
What makes you laugh? Automobiles.
What makes you cry? The fact that all life on this planet will be snuffed out in 4 or 5 billion years. I like it here.
What is your preferred drink while you write? As hard as choosing a favorite author or book, that one. Lately, half brandy half absinthe is a nice stimulant.
What is your favorite food? Yes!
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Is there no excluded third, no synthesis of both? This is a question to ask Hildegard over a slice of Fluke.