posted on December 22nd, 2010 by Ryan Rivas
Today I’d like to highlight the other half of Burrow Press: Jana Waring.Â She’s been busy engaging the real world and working hard for the next book we’re putting out. She also happens to be the mastermind behind waringis.com, a site on which she posts her interviews with a huge variety of people who live in Orlando. Hell, she even wrote a book about itÂ (which makes a great gift!). One of these days she’ll have some time to post here, but until then, in the spirit of daily posts, and the spirit of not hounding our other contributors during this hectic week, here are three of Jana’s recent interviews for your reading pleasure. I fully endorse reading more than these three.
1. You’ve heardÂ of the Blue Man Group? No. You know nothing of the Blue Man Group. You know not who they are, where they come from, are they aliens? This interview with Blue Man Jordan Woods-Robinson sheds light on this mysteriously pigmented entertainment cult.
2. You like basketball, eh? You ever wonder what it’s like when a veteran player retires? I always imagined it would be weird, a kind of withdrawal. Well, this interview with former Orlando Magic player Adonal FoyleÂ gave me some pretty awesome insight into the mind of an athlete, and a really intelligent one at that.
3. The kids are calling it hip hop. And there’s been a lot of miscegenation over the years and also very recently: the new Kanye features Bon Iver; the new Cee Lo has him covering a Band of Horses song. This interview with musician SKIPtouches on the whole white rapper thing, and shows howÂ much hard work it is for anyone to survive on art alone. Like most talented rappers, this will make you question how someone like Soldja Boy Tell Em orÂ Gucci Mane ever got signed.
LOL Â ?… more like WTF 8==>
posted on April 8th, 2010 by Jana Waring
My writing routine is much different than Ryanâ€™s. Iâ€™m not too busy being a spouse or walking dogs or cooking dinner to commit my thoughts to paper. I actually have the time to write. I just prefer to do any other task instead.
-Â Bling. What Blackberry? I have a new text message/Facebook/Twitter update/app waiting for me. I better check it. I mean, itâ€™d be rude not to. Right?
-Â Huh pal? Bad day? You need to grab a drink? Iâ€™m already at the bar waiting for you.
- It is nice outside, isnâ€™t it? I will be reading poolside today, and happily justifying it as research for an upcoming project.
As a general rule, I donâ€™t make moves towards writing. I wait until writing comes to me. Usually this happens when Iâ€™m at stopped at a red light.
Iâ€™ve tried to be like the classic writer that always has a journal and pen at hand, and jots down story lines and phrases as they come to him/her. What happens is I forget what I’m going to write by the time I get all my supplies together. And then if I am successful in capturing my ideas on to paper, I lose it, or canâ€™t make sense of the dribble that was intended in the first place.Â So what I do now is think about what Iâ€™m going to write days before it happens (and always when Iâ€™m driving. Unlike most people, I donâ€™t mind sitting at red lights because itâ€™s where most of my work is done. No kidding).Â And if I canâ€™t finish the essay in my head, I donâ€™t even bother sitting in front of a blank Word document. Thereâ€™s no point. The distractionsâ€”even blinking my own eyesâ€”can become too entertaining.
One problem with this writing routine is that I havenâ€™t been driving much lately. Iâ€™ve grounded myself to the 32801 zip code, and itâ€™s only now that Iâ€™ve realized it. Â Sadly, Iâ€™ve havenâ€™t written a piece since my book has come back from production. And maybe thatâ€™s whatâ€˜s supposed to happen? I donâ€™t know.Â The other problem with this writing routine is it appears that I wonâ€™t be writing the greatest American novel any time soon, unless I pack up my van and drive to California. Even then, I donâ€™t know that Iâ€™ll be able to remember it all. So maybe itâ€™s time I make time for writing. Commit to it. Take baby steps and write daily. Wait, what did you say? You want me to peep at your work? Okay. Where should we meet? Letâ€™s make it within walking distance. Do you have a writing routine? Burrow Press is currently accepting short story submissions. Did you know that?
posted on February 16th, 2010 by Jana Waring
Burrow Press is headed to the studio! Rollins radio dee jay, Megan Flocken, has asked us to co-host her weekly show Book of Grievances, March 18, 2010, from 3-5 p.m. Be sure to tune into 91.5 FM, or stream us online at WPRK online, and listen to us talk about what it takes to start an independent publishing company while we shamelessly promote our upcoming book signing. WORD.
Below is a picture of me and Megan during a previous show:
posted on February 16th, 2010 by Jana Waring
Our first publication and book release party! Thanks to everyone that has pre-ordered your book(s). You can pick them up at the party, or if you have opted to have them shipped to you, look for them during the first week of March. Looking forward to seeing you at the event.
posted on January 3rd, 2010 by Ryan Rivas
Drum roll please … BPâ€™s first publication is on its way to the printer! Who’s That? Discovering Orlando One Interview at a Time isÂ a compilation of interviews conducted by Jana Waring that focuses on the people of Orlando and their stories as told to the author. Each interview (minus one) has been featured on Janaâ€™s blog, www.waringis.com (although theyâ€™ve all been removed until the big release). The book features never-been-told reflection pieces that add a unique perspective to the interviewing experience. You’re gonna love reading the nitty gritty of what really went down during these interviews.
Here’s a sneak peek of the cover:
The book releases in March, but if you pre-order it (byÂ adding it to your cart now!) you will receive a personal invite to the upcoming release party! HIP HIP HOORAY! Everyone is a winner …