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Val Prozorova

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Val Prozorova (or Velvl Ryder) is a transgender writer based in New Zealand, who makes a habit of challenging gender stereotypes and bringing queer lives to the forefront of his writing.

Outside of his writing, Vel works as a grants coordinator for two amazing companies in New Zealand, that help the LGBT youth community, and those who are HIV+. Sometimes, Vel takes photos and tries his hand at design, other times, he fights his cat for keyboard rights.

You can find Vel on his website, on Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon, and in a number of anthologies and journals. He welcomes all messages and reviews, and loves to connect with his readers. Send along a message; Vel promises not to bite.

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Val Prozorova Oh man... I have actually gotten a lot better at receiving my edited work back. I found it very difficult at first. Part of me knew it was to make my…moreOh man... I have actually gotten a lot better at receiving my edited work back. I found it very difficult at first. Part of me knew it was to make my work better, but another felt that it must have been so terrible to begin with to warrant so many adjustments! So that's certainly a positive, I look at edits as they are meant to be seen, now: as improvements and suggestions, not a reflection of my work.

Other than that, I have to say I have been very lucky with my experiences so far. I have found some very supportive communities among the writers in anthologies I am part of, and I have felt very supported by the editors I have worked with.

I think the only negative I can think of is that many calls are very specific, and if you happen to not be accepted for one it is difficult to resubmit your stories. Of course, that makes you push your muse and write more... so perhaps that's a positive too!(less)
Val Prozorova Unfortunately, the only way I have found to deal with writer's block is to write through it.

More often than not, for me, personally, writer's block…more
Unfortunately, the only way I have found to deal with writer's block is to write through it.

More often than not, for me, personally, writer's block comes up when I am feeling inadequate or confused regarding my own work. I tend to read a new author, or go through some materials sent to me by friends, and see if I can apply new ideas from there into a piece I am currently working on. Sometimes, it's simply that the idea - though good - has not fully hatched yet, and I have nothing beyond a sentence or a feeling, but no grounding to base a story on.

So I tend to set it aside and write something new, or pick up a book I love and remember what it was I loved about it in the first place. Sometimes that brings me back to a good mental place where I can start working on my projects again. Sometimes I just need to wait it out.(less)
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[I am tired this week]

Three weeks I've been in Bali, now, with one left to go, and I'll admit I'm exhausted. It's interesting reflecting back on the time I've spent here as I sit under the air conditioning in my room that only goes down to 18 degrees (C) and chug back water I can safely drink only from the coolers dotted around the villa.











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Alfred Tennyson
“Half the night I waste in sighs,
Half in dreams I sorrow after
The delight of early skies;
In a wakeful dose I sorrow
For the hand, the lips, the eyes,
For the meeting of the morrow,
The delight of happy laughter,
The delight of low replies.”
Alfred Tennyson, Maud, and other poems

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“All knowledge is worth having.”
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Ray Bradbury
“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”
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“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
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Ray Bradbury
“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”
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