It’s July in San Diego, which means Comic-Con descends upon downtown and the air is filled with the sound of Nerdist live podcasting. It’s truly a beautiful time for us geek chic wannabes. I love that, these days, the ones who were once uninvited to the table of cool kids are instead having kickass lunches on hovercrafts and space station bridges, enthusiastically inviting all around them to attend. I heart the nerds.
A few months ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by one Barbra Dillon of Fanboy Comics, a Comic-Con uber-presence, which to me meant that creepy little death poems had officially achieved a brand new amazing level of cool. Be sure to check out Fanboy at Comic-Con if you are in town for the week and enjoy all of the yub nub!
Barbra J. Dillon, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor: Just over a year ago, you released your first poetry collection, Creepy Little Death Poems. What inspired you to take on this subject matter, and do you feel that the creative process of writing the collection impacted you as the project took shape?
TT: Joan Didion said, “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.” For me, writing the poems was a transformative experience, one that helped me unpack and cope with a really dark time. Depression can be mysterious. It’s intangible and tangible at the same time, because, for me at least, I would feel it emotionally as well as physically. I think that’s why the image of the Grim Reaper, or, to be more accurate, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come from A Muppet Christmas Carol (because I’m a total holiday nerd), made so much sense to me…READ MORE AT FANBOY.