Today we’re joined by ursa-bruin. She’s an incredibly versatile writer who enjoys writing in a number of forms. She’s writing quite a lot of long form fiction, specializing in many speculative genres. ursa-bruin is also a poet who writers a number of different styles of poetry, as you’ll soon find out. It’s very obvious that she’s an incredibly passionate writer. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
First and foremost, I’m a long-fiction writer specializing in high fantasy/soft sci-fi/light cosmic horror fusion. I’ve been working on the same enormous project for ten years. I also write poetry — structured, free-verse, and experimental — and will be beginning to seek publication soon. On the side, I’m teaching myself to draw and I write the occasional tune and make mashups/remixes.
What inspires you?
Science, actually. A fair number of my poems are inspired by or somehow involve scientific knowledge. And despite my main project being primarily fantasy, there’s a fair amount of research put into it—I like to know the rules so I can break them in interesting ways.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I was an avid reader as a child, and when I was younger I wanted to be a full-time author. My interest in poetry didn’t come about until high school, when I attended a magnet school as a literary major. My interest in drawing came from watching too many cartoons, and as for music—it runs in the family.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
My signature in writing and in art is something I refer to as “grand caricatures”. I feel drawn towards archetypes and stylizations, although not necessarily towards traditional ones. I like creating internally consistent systems of symbolization, and creating a sense of grandeur by, unapologetically, placing those symbols on display.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
As I’m primarily a writer, this advice is for writers: be patient and be unafraid. Keep a journal with you at all times and write down any idea that crosses your mind, no matter how crude or transgressive or wrong it might be. Keep everything you write and come back to it in a few years—if you can’t make anything new of it, at the very least you will gain a fresh perspective on your own growth. And don’t wait for inspiration. Inspiration is a lie. Wait for understanding. Wait for the full comprehension of what you are writing and why.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am definitely asexual, though not sex-repulsed. I am probably bi/panromantic. As I don’t have a full grasp of my romantic orientation yet, I identify as, simply, asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I tend to “fly under the radar”. As a resident of a very conservative area, I am very selective about who I tell. I don’t believe that I have ever encountered prejudice, but as for ignorance….
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common misconception I’ve encountered is that my reproductive systems are faulty on a biological level and that I am not only unwilling but also unable to have sex or bear children. Also the classic “it’ll be different after you try it”. Spoiler alert: I tried it. Nothing changed.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You aren’t broken or defective. That’s what I thought, when I was first coming to terms with my orientation. I would study myself in the mirror, wondering why I even have this body if I’m not going to use it. Listen: there is so much more to a person than their reproductive system. You have a brain, and a heart. You have a soul. Those things are what make us human, not what’s in our pants or how we’re using it.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I don’t have much about my primary project up, but what little I do have can be found at ursa-bruin.tumblr.com/thridda. If you want to know more, or just want a chat, my askbox is open.
Thank you, ursa-bruin, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.