Questions – Week One | 2015 Artist Writer Mashup April 4th, 2015

Good morning Victoria!

You’ve had a couple days to think and begin writing. But the world should probably know a bit more about you if all this blogging is going to mean anything! Answer the following questions in a blog post:

  • Who are you?
  • What is your experience with writing?
  • How did you find Lamplighter?
  • What do you expect to accomplish while participating in the project? 

Remember to blog and share your post in the comments on LamplighterNJ.com and using the hashtag #AWM2015 on social media!

‘Who are you? Who, who? Who, who?’

Okay, now that’s outta my system –

Hi, my name is Victoria Kaloss. I am from Middletown, New Jersey and live less than one mile from the hospital in which I was born decades ago – many decades, like when Highway 35 had one stop light from Cliffwood Beach to Red Bank. The stop light stood at the corner of the Middletown Police Station.

A time when Highway 35 was a mere two lanes and possessed no shoulders, (can I say bare shouldered?)  leaving regular leaded fueled cars stuck behind yellow tractors; a time when farmlands and horse stables lined our streets.

A time when diagnosing juvenile rheumatoid arthritis took two years.

My arthritis onset began at nine months old but at two and a half years old, the medical community crowned me with a chronic incurable disease.

I spent most of my life wanting, pretending to be ‘normal.’ I spent a many painful years ignoring my disease to feel ‘normal’ and gifting my family and friends and society greater ease, greater comfort, with my crippled, Quasimoda fucked up presence.

Yeah, those days are done.

‘Dog days are over, oh, yeah the dog days are done’

(Did I mention I love to sing too?)

My writing journey began in college. I had flunked remedial English three times.

Never in my wildest imaginative stories looping through my mind on a daily basis, did I ever believe I’d pursue language arts.

I studied social work and eventually earned my MSW. I began counseling and attending to children and adolescents as a school social worker. By then, I had six orthopedic surgeries – yeah, Bionic Woman.

When I had been out on temporary disability (for the first time) due to my adult/juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, I wrote poetry. I journaled.  Even dabbled in sketching and drawing.

It became pretty clear in a short time, I had little talent in either genre but I found deep healing and pleasure in playing with words.

I enrolled in an on-line poetry class through Brookdale Community College. Although petrified by my past panache for flunking English, I pressed on.

I learned. I loved. I passed!

As my working life and physical life never saw eye-to-eye, I had to leave the workforce, get off the rat racetrack.

During this bleak, painful, isolating time, I wrote like the Welsh blooded Banshee I am.

I wrote poetry, children’s stories and began a fantasy novel.

In all honesty, most of the work sucked. At least my mental state improved, hearing the pencil scratch paper, the eraser shredding and me swiping the used-rubber onto the oak table.

One poem merited publication in a local free magazine.

I became a published poet – can you believe?

I had been asked to become a member of a now dissolved poetry group.

I left the poetry scene – turned to fiction.

Turned to RWA, NJRWA, Liberty States Fiction Writer’s, IWWG.

I came to know LoserSlam through my friend’s daughters; both gifted Spoken Word Poets. I began attending LoserSlam as an audience member. This is where and when I met Josh Ballard, hence my connection to Lamplighter 2015 Artist Writer Mashup as he invited me to join this epic event.

After one year I read at an open-mic.

LoserSlam hoisted my confidence leading me to read at River Reads open-mic in Red Bank, which led me to be asked to join Jersey Shore Poets.

I love writing.

My disease never gives up. Neither do I. My writing is a platform to advocate for the disabled community – globally.

Writing heals;

as does Mother Nature.

Mustang convertible 5.0 liter

the creative process –

All Creation, actually.

What do I expect to accomplish with this event?

Writings, connecting and engaging with the creative process with others who like to connect and engage in the creative process.

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. patpaints43
    Apr 05, 2015 @ 14:18:47

    Once again, beautifully crafted – the writing and the life.

    Reply

  2. Victoria Kaloss
    Apr 05, 2015 @ 14:35:15

    Spirit knows what it’s doing 😉

    Reply

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