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Pleased to Meet You, My Name is Jamie Hamann: A Self Interview
Not too long ago a writer here on Hubpages, by the name of availiavision, brought forth a challenge. Availiavision had asked a series of questions to be answered in a self-interview. Some of my favorite writers here on Hubpages responded. I will list their responses at the end of the hub.
The interviews I read were entertaining and interesting and a perfect way to get to know the community of writers here on Hubpages. So I decided to give it a try. I have come up with the following self-interview. I hope you enjoy and thank you availiavision for thinking of such a creative challenge.
A Brief Introduction
Many of my hubs discuss my past and I have decided to spend this introduction discussing where I am now and where I plan on going in the future.
I live in Reno Nevada with my wife, Erika, and our three children. I work in Pharmaceutical Research and have been working in science labs since I was nineteen years old. I have a B.S. in Molecular Biology, but I am currently working on my MAT or Masters of Arts in Teaching. My dream is to teach High School Science.
I have been writing for Hubpages going on four years and I find it very motivational here. I have written on many different topics but my true love is poetry. Not only do I love reading, writing, and discussing poetry but I would give anything to be able to dedicate my life to the art. If you feel the same way about poetry feel free to share with me or start a conversation.
Of course I am a realist and accept my position in research and education. I think it was Wallace Stevens who stated, something to the effect, that he was a worker and a writer of poetry not a poet.
Well let's move on with this interview. There is much to talk about.
In the film version of your autobiography who would you like to play yourself?
This was a difficult question for me to answer. First, I do not think much about actors in films. I know that I like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a list of others. I don't really put much effort in keeping up with who is who in the acting world.
After much thought I decided that George Clooney would fill the role perfectly. Not only because there is an uncanny resemblance, but he plays roles that I fit into nicely.
For example his role in "The Men Who Stare at Goats" which is my favorite George Clooney movie, second to "Burn After Reading," reminds me of myself when I was in the military.
I also feel that not only is George Clooney a talented actor but he is down to earth and seems to be a good guy. I would like think that even though I am painfully shy I also fall under the good guy category.
What quality or talent do you wish to cultivate?
Two things I would like to cultivate within myself. First I would like to learn how to effectively teach to our children. I would like to cultivate different styles of teaching to find new exciting ways to bring the joy of science to students.
I would like to be creative enough to not only give my students facts, but to alter their perceptions of the world, and to work on their ability to use science knowledge in their lives. Maybe even sneak in some poetry. How exciting, a mixture of science and poetry.
Second, I would like to cultivate my desire to write poetry. As a hobby I try to immerse myself in the world of poetry. Old and new, classic and contemporary, I read it all. I also try old forms and new ideas in my poetry and hope to constantly grow and move forward in the art.
Who is your favorite fictional character ever?
I would have to say that Owen Meany in John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany" is one of the most interesting and well thought out characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
When I think about this I find that the narrator of John Irving's "The Water Method Man" would come in second followed by the cop from Amsterdam in "A Widow For A Year."
All these characters come from John Irving novels and I feel that John Irving excelled at building beleivable yet complicated characters.
Also I have found that when you closely read each of Irving's novels you will see that in each book he toys around with character and plot development and you can almost feel the moments where he encounters breakthroughs.
This may be veering away from the question but I had an epiphany while reading his "The World According to Garp" and "The Water Method Man" about my true feelings on the importance of family and think that a lot of my decisions today are loosely based on this epiphany.
If you could have the career of any author who would it be?
I envy the career of Dylan Thomas. I dream of having such a public presence. Supposedly he gave these incredible readings and performances that stuck in the people's psyche.
He became a household name and a celebrity in America during his writing career. He was able to breakdown the dogma's of poetry and to entertain all classes of American life. I do not envy his personal life and his horrible struggles with alcohol, but I wouldn't mind having my poems quoted in classrooms or having lines of my poetry remain on the lips of Americans for generations to come.
I wouldn't mind living the life of Gertrude Stein or Henry Miller either. If I could move my family to Paris to sit at Cafe's and talk writing all day I may find a little slice of heaven.
I probably will never have the opportunities that these authors had but I am happy with my Hubpages family and sometimes feel like I am in Paris at a cafe.
What inspires you?
My family inspires me to try my best every day.
But I would like to mention a few hubbers that inspire me to continue to write here on Hubpages:
Mhatter - The master of the sonnet and the limerick who inspired me to create more.
Gypsy Rose Lee, Eiddwen, and Audrey Howitt - Who I consider my best friends here in the Hub world.
Billybuc - Whose persistence and excellent outlook inspires me to continue.
Jodah - John has inspired me to continue to write poetry no matter how insecure I feel.
Examiner1, Faith Reaper, annart and Kim - For your continued support for just about everything I write.
manatita44 - For our conversation on the art of poetry, this is a rare gift.
phdast - Theresa, thank you for everything.
Also I would like to say that epigramman and Vincent Moore, two poets who have moved on and found their success, fill me with hope everyday that I can publish a collection when the time comes.
Thank you to everyone for your inspiration and love.
When did you first realize you were a writer?
I always wanted to be one, I had a romantic notion as far as I can remember.
I don't consider myself a writer now but I will keep at it for the rest of my life.
Here are some other interviews from this challenge:
- Meet Shanmarie: An In-Depth Look
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- More Than You Wanted to Know About cam8510-An "Interview With Myself" Writer's Challenge
On Hubpages, availiasvision, aka Jennifer Arnett, has issued a challenge which I have accepted. To interview myself. Here are the results.
- Meet DzyMsLizzy | A Self-Interview
A self-interview with the author, in response to a challenge from another Hub Pages author.
- Meet Dr. Bill - A self interview with William Leverne Smith (Homeplace Series)
Dr. Bill interviewed as a writer. Personal background, interests, and insights as part of a writer's challenge series. Comments welcomed and encouraged.
- Meet Bill Holland aka Billybuc: The Interview
A few tidbits about yours truly in response to a challenge
- MEET 'annart': an in-depth Interview with Ann, a Hubber of almost 5 years' Standing
Finding out about Ann's background, likes and dislikes, why she writes and where her ideas come from.
- Meet Bravewarrior (a self-interview writing challenge)
As is true of most writers, I'm not comfortable talking about myself. However, as writers, we grow when we accept challenges and venture outside our comfort zones. Read on to learn what makes me tick.
- A Chat With Jodah: Interview Yourself Writing Challenge
An interview with poet and writer Jodah. In response to a writer's challenge issued by Availiasvision.
- Challenging Questions - Answered by Tillsontitan aka Mary Craig
What's a good way to get to know a writer? By interviewing them of course. This interview may or may not fit in that category.
- Meet Availia's Vision
Who is the elusive Availiasvison--the girl in the red jacket who is always writing about her fantastical adventures and vivid short stories? An interview with Availa.
- An interview with suzettenaples - a Hubpages writing challenge
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