Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. But, have been traveling since I graduated high school, to join the army. I have not yet settled down nor found a physical place to call home. Not as of yet, but soon, and in due time.
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Home for me, has easily become the place where I rest my head. Just a familiar place, that I've become comfortable with time. Staying only long enough to afford a change. The "greatest thing", would have to be, no matter where I am in the world; I feel an inner peace and internal struggle, having a battle of conflicting ideologies that help guide me in creating everything that I write.
- What turns you on creatively?
Creatively, I get "turned on", from listening to almost any type of music, watching a movie, reading a book, face to face conversations, foregoing certain life experiences, and also while working out or running. Sometimes, and it's almost annoying, but either sleeping and waking in a rush to write something down, as well as having to stop working out, just to write down a few lines, or sometimes paragraph after paragraph of an intense writing session. Like a wild fire engulfing a forest, sometimes the words just keep flowing. Sometimes also, I’ll be driving and have a good idea, that I want to put on paper, but have to keep reciting it over and over in my mind, so I don’t forget it. Essentially I want to say, writing is primarily about perspective and an alternative means of interpreting a variegated rapid influx of information. Art is art in every shape form and way. It can and will be interpreted in a variety of angles and different degrees, by different people, from different walks of life. I'm merely writing about my own walk of life.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
The Darkness is most readily defined,
without any passing light or shine in sight.
It's transpired an unkind blind sign,
Contrived a frightful ride or restless plight.
Derived hindsight's, locked and tied in a bind, a timeless quiet night.
With no where to hide, yet still realized, a life writhing alive, unable to cry.
- What is your pet peeve?
I am both a Capricorn, and have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. So while I do hold a lot of things in, I do have quite a few things that tend to get under my skin. Mostly, I can't stand laziness, ignorance, and last but not least, using words with no regard to their actual meaning. A lot of people tend to use words with heavy weight, lightly. Such as the words love and hate. Certain words have very powerful meanings, but aren’t used as such.
- What defines Criss Tripp?
My writing defines me, just like I define my writing. I live to experience life, only to immortalize my thoughts, by bleeding in black and white. The process is cyclical, inherent in every writer, and artist.
Inquisitive by definition;
Resistant to the insistent,
Not hesitant to be reticent;
Yet existing to be pernicious.
It's my business to be fearless.