It is so funny how the best encounters can be made in the strangest ways and places. Looking at the challenge of blogging foundamentals of Day9 I wasn’t very happy about that ‘cause I was asked to collaborate with a fellow blogger in an interview that would be posted later on.. Being shy it’s a great challenge to make the first contact with someone but being determined to complete the course no matter what, I said I’d do it.
He seemed interesting after the comment he left on Robert E Cano II JULY 19, 2016 AT 04:16 I liked his comment and couldn’t help myself to make a comment on his comment. This pushed me to visit his blog. I read one post and I had an impression of having a song sang in my head as I read it She Keeps Me. It’s a great sensation and it shows the ability and talent of this fellow blogger.
I guess my decision was made as to whom I would interview for today’s challenge.
To my great surprised, he was more then honoured to answer my questions.
Indeed, this was a great experience and I hope you’ll enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed gathering all this together just for you.
And please don’t forget to visit his blog. I hope you’ll like it as much as I did. 😀
1.) Can you please briefly introduce yourself
Hello, I’m Robert Cano. Father of three girls, and happily married to the woman of my dreams.
2.) Being a young…in the field of…Can you briefly tell us what it is all about? (CAREER)
While my day time job is that of Quality Assurance in food manufacturing, I am an aspiring author. I like to think that even after I reach my goals of becoming a full time author, I will still be aspiring. Life, for me, isn’t just about reaching for the stars, but pushing beyond them as well.
3.) What have been your motivations in this domain?
Passion. I developed a love for the written word while young, but never thought to try my hand at it until after I had graduated from high school. In no small part due to an amazing teacher I had in English my junior year.
4.) What have been your motivations in art, poetry;etc?
Nature would probably be my number one motivation. Having worked in the fields of physics and engineering, I’ve come to see our world with more child-like wonder as an adult than I ever did as a kid. For poetry specifically, it would have to be love and loss – mostly loss.
5.) How have your parents influenced your choice of career?
My dad has long said he’s proud of me. No matter what I’ve done with my life, he has only ever asked that I am wise in what I do, and how I do it. My mom was the reason I ever decided to share my poetry. For the longest time I kept it locked away, hidden from the world, and she once told me something that changed my perception. She said, “What if someone else is going through what you are, whether in this moment or the next, and all they need is to know they’re not alone.” In that moment I realized how selfish it was…and I began to share.
6.) Does this choice have anything to do with your childhood and familial background?
I suppose my storytelling does. I can remember a time when I was grounded a lot. And since reading books was one of my favorite things, that was also taken from me as punishment. That meant that I had time to just sit and think. The only way to keep my sanity was to dream of other worlds, somewhere far away from the confines of my room. Something akin to Where the Wild Things Are, is probably the easiest way to describe it.
7.) What is your hidden talent?
I don’t know that I have one. Although I’m told that I’m highly intuitive, and have a knack for bringing my reader into my story.
8.) Has there ever been a turning point in your life that shone a light on this precious gift/talent?
I can trace it all back to Mrs Greenwood, my junior year English teacher. One assignment we had was to memorize and recite fourteen lines from Wordsworth’s, Ode: Intimations of Immortality, to this day it is my all time favorite poem. At another time, she had given us an assignment to read a book and then write a poem that told the tale of the book. There was a limit to the length, and for the life of me I can’t remember the book, but what stood out was that she loved my poem and asked to keep it. Seeing as how writing poetry was seen as gay, I decided to part ways with it. It would take a few years for me to start writing poetry, but the seed was planted there.
9.) What made you create your blog?
I figured it was a cool way, and a personal way, of getting my stuff out there for all to see.
10.) How much of you is reflected in your blog?
Everything I am can be found within the lines of my poetry. The other side of what you’ll see is my more opinionated or teaching side. I try to avoid the opinions as much as possible as I try to stick to the creative writing side of me.
11.) What is the main message found in your art?
Depends, really. I’d argue that most of my poetry, especially the sad ones, the main message is hope. For my tales, well those often reflect in some way the things that impact me.
12.) What is your secret to success?
Whatever success I’ve enjoyed has always come through hard work and determination. At the end of the day, the question I ask myself is: How badly do I want it?
If I don’t want it bad enough, then it’s time to move past that, whatever it may be.
13.) Who do your greatest appreciations go out to?
My wife and daughters. They are patient during those times I’m meeting deadlines. They understand that I work a regular job full time and how I still need time for me to write and relax. I think sometimes I don’t appreciate them enough.
14.) What are your aspirations in life?
Ideally, I’d love to get a contract with a publishing company and leave the 8-5 type job world and just write full time. I would also like to finish publishing a book poetry. The manuscript has been sitting there for a while now.
15.) What is your ideal environment for creativity?
I need music, above all else. And no distractions. Often, I’ll zone out while scribbling notes, or while typing on the computer. The creative juices have a tendency to flow when I’m lost in music.
16.) Where do you get inspiration for all your wonderful creations?
For most of my fantasy work I draw from various authors I love. Tolkien, Salvatore, Brooks, and a friend of mine, Joshua Robertson, just to name a few.
Aside from fantasy, I love to read through the classics. 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, and the like.
17.) What do you think about plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a difficult topic. The reality is that there is no original idea anymore, and so I believe it is up to the writer to have an original voice – a voice that draws the reader in, the type of voice that can bring the requisite detail without the reader even realizing it. It’s the voice that I’m drawn to the most. Regurgitated words and phrases, when used incorrectly, are easy to spot, and are quick to bore.
18.) What is art to you?
What is art to me? This is a great question. I would have to say art is personal expression. My brother, as he fabricates metallic masterpieces that are also functional, is an artist. We as poets create art that is written and felt, and isnt seen. There’s the canvas which only receives life at the touch of the artist who sees it as something else…
19.) How do you merge work with art?
I try not to. My writing, while certainly work, I don’t see as such. It is simply something I love to do. As such, I’d have to say that ideally all my work is art.
20.) How do you merge your private life and professional life?
I try not to. I merely attempt to give the proper balance to both. My wife, while very supportive, doesn’t read anything of mine outside of poetry. And so I keep it all separate.
21.) If you had to describe the world in which we all live in by one word, which word would that be?
22.) Why this given word?
I’m a classic cynic. I see the bad and recurring stupidity and find myself wondering how on earth we’re ever going to move past this. I look at our current presidential candidates and worry, I read the classics and see that we haven’t learned anything…
23.) What can we all await from your blog in the near future?
Well, I am due to post some more poetry, but I’ll definitely be posting some updates as I wrap up my latest short story. I’m thinking of doing a series set in this world.
24.) Can you please briefly tell us your views on love and life?
Love, in both gain and loss, is harsh. But much like the brokenness of humanity, is absolutely beautiful in that brokenness, in that harshness. Life is much the same, perfection found within the little imperfections.
25.) In conclusion, what should we all retain from this interview?
I am a crazy person, just kidding. I suppose I’d suggest keeping in mind that reaching the stars is only the first step.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question in Idealizeblog today though you have such a busy schedule.
No, thank you for inviting me.
And to my ideal readers, with this we come to the end of A star in the making. Thanks for being a part of this adventure and please stay tuned to our future editions.