February 22, 2013

NEXT BIG THING

by jayneoconnor

I (Jayne O’Connor) was tagged in “The Next Big Thing” a self interview for writers with recent or forthcoming books. It’s like that survey you took on MYSPACE but for writers!!!!

I’m really bad a timing and doing things on time. But every Wednesday people post things, and then tag people, and then tag people, and I was very lucky to be tagged and hope I don’t eff this up, and then so on. Tyler Gobble tagged me, and he was tagged by Mark Neely, and I am tagging some bad ass people with these questions about their books. eeeeeem k.

(this can also be found on hydeatl.com)

What is the working title of the book?

When You Meet The Devil Tip Your Hat

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have enjoyed reading folklore and fairytales since I was a child. I stumbled upon a book calledSometimes Strange Things Still Happen at a used bookstore about two years ago. It inspired me to write my own fairytales and folk stories.

I was particularly interested in the stories that dealt with interactions with the devil because, well, that mo fo is interesting as… well… you know.

What genre does your book fall under?

I suppose fantasy and short fiction.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

If I choose one story- and I am (“In Parts”)- I would choose Jessica Beal to play the frustrated ex dancer because of her roles in Flashdance  (as a dancer), and the L Word (as a frustrated woman). The fact that a body double did all the dancing in Flashdance only makes the part more fitting, since my short story is about body transplants.

Seth Greene would play the nervous salesman because he’s my favorite werewolf. (Disclaimer: There are no werewolves in my book, yet.)

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Who are you fooling?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Forever and counting….

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

It might have been Lucifer himself….

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

ALF is in it…maybe…I might write him out… he’s hard to work with… Let’s just say he’s going to be in it..

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Safety Third is my savior.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are

Johnny Carroll and Laura Straub

December 20, 2012

Jayne O’Connor: Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

In this installment Hyde gets “real” with Jayne O’Connor- creator of Hyde. Weird…

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OCCUPATION: Fricatrice

CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: I had many. Biscuits; Bird; Leprechaun. The last one wasn’t as much a nickname as it was an archaic racist taunting, and if you call me it I will kick your effin teeth in.

A SECRET FANTASY: To make it with Louis C.K. I guess it’s not so secret since I tweet him every day. #game #stalker

UNUSUAL FACT: I had fake teeth as a child, but I still ate apples everyday like I was starring in a Fixodent commercial.

PET PEEVE:  People who think that they are better than others instead of appreciating the endless beauty in differences. Am I the only one who paid attention to the lessons from Sesame Street? Also, “that’s what she said” jokes, when someone touches their tongue (in certain situations), and feet (in general).

I’D LIKE TO MEET:  in a public place (for safety reasons).

PERSONAL MOTTO:  “What other people think of you is none of your business.” RuPaul

MOST PROUD OF:  I made out with one of Maury’s favorite guests. (This has nothing to do with why he appeared on the show.)

REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL:  I had many. The girl who wears that skirt. Jack’s little sister. Girl with big boobs. I tried to earn other reputations but everyone else was better at it than me.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: future “Price Is Right” contestant. (I’m counting “Price Is Right” as one word. Deal. With. It)

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 20, 2012

Chaunteel Swallows: Getting To Know Your Bad Bitches

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this installment of “Getting To Know Your Bad Bitches” we hear from performer Chantel Swallows. In her own words Chaunteel Swallows ” Chaunteel is my bad-bitch alter-ego. Chaunteel does/says as she pleases with no regard for what ‘Preston’ (my boy name) has to think about it… On a more serious note, I do like to play around with gender roles in my performances. I believe women are the most beautiful things every created; their beauty is unmatched by anything else. I like to poke-fun-of and exaggerate female qualities and bring light to the ridiculous gender and sexual stereotypes women face. Of course, you  have never met a ‘biological woman’ similar to Chaunteel, which is kind of the whole point of drag. As Noxeema Jackson says, in the movie To Wong Foo, ‘When a gay man has WAY too much fashion sense for one gender, he is a drag queen.’”

OCCUPATION:
Full time Bad Bitch

CHILDHOOD NICKNAME:
Popeye

A SECRET FANTASY:
I want to bed Tyra Banks. I would do anything to have those legs wrapped around me!

UNUSUAL FACT:
I can burp my A-B-C’s.

PET PEEVE:
Bad eyebrows and bad breath!

I’D LIKE TO MEET:
RuPaul.

PERSONAL MOTTO:
“The world is my runway so move or get trampled.” -personal quote

MOST PROUD OF:
Graduating college!

REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL:
“Mean Girl”–girls want to be me, boys want to be with me.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
Feisty, creative and bootylicious

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 19, 2012

Violet Chachki: Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this installment of “Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches” we get familiar with Violet Chachki. Violet is a Dragqueen/ Club kid/ Socialite. If Wednesday Adams, Dita Von Teese and Barbie had a love child you would have Lady Miss Chachki herself. She will stomp right down the runway and all over your heart. Violet exudes glamour and beauty but she’s not your typical glamour girl, challenging gender norms in all that she does.

OCCUPATION: MODEL.

UNUSUAL FACT: I’m actually a dude.

I’D LIKE TO MEET: dead or alive? hrmmm its a tie between Bettie Page and Leigh Bowery.

PERSONAL MOTTO: cinch the waist, bump the bang

MOST PROUD OF: my shoe collection

REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was the kid who was always late to first period and was always forging notes to get out of shit. I was far too busy doing what all my former classmates are doing now.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:  VAMP VAMP VAMP

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 18, 2012

Courtney Conroy: Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this installment of “Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches” we talk to Courtney Conroy, the DJ at Bad Bitches.

OCCUPATION: Dilettante graduate student and writing instructor/resident “Diane” at 97 Estoria.

CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: Bear.

A SECRET FANTASY: To one day have my collected correspondence published.

UNUSUAL FACT: I recently read that the entire global population could live inside the state of Texas if they did so at the population density of New York City.

PET PEEVE: Watching people drink their used cereal milk.

I’D LIKE TO MEET: Vera Nabokov.

PERSONAL MOTTO: Et tu, Brute?

MOST PROUD OF: I’m not easily ruffled.

REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL: After transferring to a rural public school for senior year, “a liberal, leftist, dyke.”

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Liberal, leftist, dyke.

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

 

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

 

 

 

 

December 12, 2012

Shalewa Sharpe: Getting To Know Your Bad Bitches

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this installment of “Getting To Know Your Bad Bitches” we field answers from Shalewa Sharpe. Shalewa Sharpe made her Atlanta comedy debut in September 2009, but she has been hilarious since March 2011. She is interested in finding the humor in those dark solitary moments, where the light at the end of the tunnel is actually just your laptop screen at the end of your bed. The “e” in her first name sounds like “ay”, if that helps you with the pronunciation.

OCCUPATION: Media Analyst for BigChampagne/Live Nation. Fancy way of saying “I look up artists/songs/concerts and make sure they exist.” At night & on weekends, I crack jokes in front of strangers.

CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: No nickname. My Black Power parents were adamant about that.

A SECRET FANTASY: I’d like to be a Fly Girl. I took tap-dance classes though, so I think I’m going about it the wrong way.

UNUSUAL FACT: Huh. Okay, here’s a fact – there’s nothing unusual about me. I am possibly the most normal, L7 square you’ll meet. Also, I’ve never seen an Indian Jones movie.

PET PEEVE: People calling the Kroger on Ponce De Leon Avenue “Murder Kroger.” When I hear somebody say that, I want to kill them. At a Wayfield Foods.
I’D LIKE TO MEET: A guy who is attracted to me – those things are like unicorns wah wah wah wank wonk *weeps in her Sprite* (no, but really, dudes – what’s up? i put out.)
PERSONAL MOTTO: “You can’t afford the upgrade, so just make do with the crap you got.”
MOST PROUD OF: (1) My comedy and all of the things that have come with that. (2) That I haven’t accidentally killed my dog. (3) But mostly the comedy thing.
REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL: Lord, that was so long ago. I’m guessing it was Girl Who Was Always Eating Frosted Flakes Out Of A Sandwich Bag.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Skeptical. Softy. Hungry.

Check out more of Shalewa in these very funny videos:

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 11, 2012

Amy McDaniel: Getting To Know the Performers at Bad Bitches 2012: apocaBITCH

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this installment of “Getting To Know Your Bad Bitches” we talk to Amy McDaniel. Amy McDaniel lives in Atlanta with her dog, Annette. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Tin House, PANK, The Agriculture Reader, Saveur, Alimentum, and elsewhere. Selected Adult Lessons, her chapbook, came out in 2010 from Agnes Fox Press and promptly sold out. Now she is finishing a novel about cheese, wine, and coincidences.

OCCUPATION: I met a woman who said she was a homemaker. She lived alone in a 1-bedroom condo and volunteer-coached track at a nearby high school. I admire that. She threw the worst Oscar party imaginable: dry snacks, no talking during the show. There was a kind of rigor to its terribleness.
CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: Yay *see note (*note: this was my bowling nickname)
A SECRET FANTASY: To be bed-ridden (but not too awfully sick, just kind of achey and weak).
UNUSUAL FACT: All of us would like to be delighted.
PET PEEVE: money
I’D LIKE TO MEET: They did a study of Larry King’s interviews to see who adjusted the timbre of their voice (unconsciously) to his, and vice-versa. King adjusted his voice to more-distinguished-than-him guests like Elizabeth Taylor. Dan Quayle adjusted his voice very dramatically to Larry King’s.
PERSONAL MOTTO: Sub vino, sub rosa.
MOST PROUD OF: hair
REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL: Sterling.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: dicey (in a good way), slow (neutral), smiles a lot (neutral)

Check out more of Amy at Matchstick, RealPoetik, and HTML Giant.

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 11, 2012

Zopari Kristjanson: Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this instalment of “Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches” we talk to  Zopari Kristjanson. Zopari Kristjanson is a saleslady, part-time performer and bon vivant.  She is currently working on the BabeAbility video series that aims to help Atlanta women “Maximize their Allure” through Black Magic and the Arts. Please dance with her.

OCCUPATION: Scout/Cheerleader/Dilettante

CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: Punkin’ Pie

A SECRET FANTASY: Getting tied to a railroad track by a Tex Avery wolf.

UNUSUAL FACT: My Grandfather introduced Tennis to Mizoram.

PET PEEVE: Sloppy Grammah

I’D LIKE TO MEET: The Huldufolk

PERSONAL MOTTO: Always bet on black.

MOST PROUD OF:  No Parasites nor STDS

REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL:  “Most Outrageous” (actual superlative award: Dunwoody/Class of ’98)

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Haikus On Demand

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 7, 2012

Cristen Conger: Getting to Know the Performers at Bad Bitches 2012: apocaBITCH- Bad Bitches VS The End of the World.

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this instalment of “Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches” we talk to writer Cristen Conger. Cristen Conger is your local curator of LadyKnowledge, co-host of the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You and star of the next YouTube viral sensation, Cristen FTW. A staff writer for HowStuffWorks.com, her writing has also appeared on Bitch, ABC News, MSNBC and The Huffington Post.

OCCUPATION: Writer, podcaster, YouTube something-or-other
CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: Cricky
A SECRET FANTASY: Doing everything listed in Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy”
UNUSUAL FACT: I can do a spot-on Australian accent, mate.
PET PEEVE: Denim on denim.
I’D LIKE TO MEET: Anyone who laughs at my jokes sincerely.
PERSONAL MOTTO: Get your head in the game, Conger.
MOST PROUD OF: Saying the word “weiner” repeatedly on national television.
REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL: “That girl who wore an unfortunate choker the first day of school.”
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Hilarious, ambitious, workaholic (and apparently narcissistic).

For more on Cristen check out her website.

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta. You can RSVP on facebook here.

December 3, 2012

Laura Straub: Getting To Know Your Performers at Bad Bitches 2012: apocaBITCH

by jayneoconnor

Using the questions from the board game “Real People” HydeATL gets to know the real people behind the readers and performers at Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH.

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In this installment of “Getting to Know Your Bad Bitches” we field questions from Laura Straub. Laura Straub is a writer and the woman behind Vouched Books Atlanta. Her work can be read at Vouchedbooks.com, Creative Loafing, PASTE Magazine, Purge, and has forthcoming work with Bull Men’s Fiction, Housefire and others. Although seemingly innocent in appearance she is a totally bad  bitch- one of her proudest accomplishments is having beaten up the 5th grade class bully- Steve- after he made fun of Laura’s best friend on her birthday. Steve went on to join the Marines.

OCCUPATION: Production Manager of Tube// Vicereine of Vouched Books Atlanta // Whipcracker & Momentum Chief of the Inman Park Squirrel Census // Columnist at Creative Loafing

CHILDHOOD NICKNAME: Little Bit

A SECRET FANTASY: Singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Wait, is this supposed to be raucous? Singing the National Anthem at the Superbowl…naked?

UNUSUAL FACT:  While in high-school I attended 8 different proms.

PET PEEVE: Giant squid and gutter punks- just their existence.

I’D LIKE TO MEET: Wait, is this a trick question? Can I time travel? If time travel is involved: Teddy Roosevelt. Andre Dubus. and my childhood hero, Bessie Coleman. If time travel is off limits: Joan Didion. Either way- Joan Didion.

PERSONAL MOTTO: ‘You can’t break my sunshine spirit.’- me or “You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from.” – Joan Didion or “I am trying to help my people.”- Pocahontas from Pocahontas

MOST PROUD OF: That bad joke I told.

REPUTATION IN HIGH SCHOOL: I was voted the Castle High school Class Clown of the graduating class of 2004. No joke.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: Short. Hungry. Outgoing.

Check out Laura’s bout against WCA consigliere Mike Johns here.

Bad Bitches 2012 apocaBITCH is December 20th at the Star Bar in Little 5 Points. A female spectrum review, apocaBITCH, will feature comedy, drag, burlesque, film, poetry, and essays as well as musical performances and followed by the End of the World Party.

The Star Community Bar is located at 437 Moreland Avenue NE, Atlanta.
You can RSVP on facebook here.

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