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Talking with A.M.M.

Most important what I’m doing with my Daily Writing is letting my Writer’s Voice sing scales- because after she’s done working on those scales over and over again her voice is strong enough to go to a place like Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge and perform an entire concert.

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1.Tell me about the secret life of your fridge and what, if anything, that has to do with your writing horror stories during every spare moment? What can we learn about you and your writing from your fridge?

Cold Storage is my own little Cyber Morgue- it’s the dark l place where I work and develop the stories inspired by the prompts and journeys that I’ve taken here at the Soul Food Café. “ Cold Storage “ may sound like two little words, but in my mind it’s a place and in that place I find the material to tell my stories at Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge.

2. If there was a tap on your chamber door and Enchanteur appeared what would you simply HAVE to show her?

That would have to be my collection of shrunken heads- okay they’re fake. But the fun thing is no one believes me when I say that.

3. Why should we all be very afraid of Kincross?

Kincross Benandanti knows where the monsters are and she loves to kick them around- especially in front of an audience and that’s not an audience you’d like to be in unless you’re a Werewolf/ Sideshow Magician like she is!

4 Reminds everyone! Why does the daily practice work?

Daily Practice works because in order to be a writer- you must write!
 
I consider myself a “ Twilight Zone  kind of writer, but at my Daily Journal "Irregular Bones" I write about things like my favorite actors or current events and what my day was like.
 
I practice explaining what I see and hear in the world around me. Most important what I’m doing with my Daily Writing is letting my Writer’s Voice sing scales- because after she’s done working on those scales over and over again her voice is strong enough to go to a place like Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge and perform an entire concert.

5. Who is Anita Marie Moscoso? When did you realise how unique she is? When did you name her 'a writer'?

I’m a story teller, I’ve always wanted to be a story teller, in fact I pushed myself to learn to read as a child so that I could write the stories that I told myself every night before I went to sleep.
 
I think that I realized how unique I was when I realized how unique every single person in my life is- and that has actually helped me create some of my favorite characters here at the Café- not only have they become real to me- but they’ve become real to some of my readers as well. When that came together  I found my voice here at the Soul Food Café
 
I can even remember how it happened: I wrote a story called “ Tea Time at Riversleigh”-  and at the end of this story the Character- Acantha Deverell-bursts to life and when she did I did too:

Three months later Acantha brought a set of beautiful bone china teacups and a lovely teapot to Riversleigh Manor. Mrs. Clark, the housekeeper, allowed Acantha into the Manor and she watched as the young woman carefully set the table for tea.

“ It’s a shame Mrs. Riversleigh isn’t here to see this lovely setting. I don’t know where the family is. You know how they are Miss. The Riversleighs have always said they’d never leave this place.”
 
The delicate cups sat in a ring around the teapot and Mrs. Clark saw that there was one for each member of the family. Small purple flowers  and little raised bumps that looked like eyes rimmed the saucers.
 
They were strange little things but all the same the Housekeeper felt her hands twitch and she was about to reach for one of the cups when she thought she heard Mrs. Riversleigh calling out to her. Or could it have been one of the girls? How faint and at the same time how close their voices sounded!
 
Then the sounds were gone.
 
Acantha brought one of the little cups to her cheek and smiled “ They’re closer then you think Mrs. Clark.  Would you care to join us for tea?

Anita Marie's Blogs

owl creek

Owl Creek Bridge is the vault that holds all Anita Marie's stories. If you are going to visit be sure to have a few hours to spare.

Irregular Bones

Irregular Bones is like a workbook where A.M.M writes about her favourite actors and current events.

Mrs Parsons

Mrs Parson's House is place filled with many strange tales, best visited at Halloween.

Day 20

I think that I realized how unique I was when I realized how unique every single person in my life is- and that has actually helped me create some of my favorite characters here at the Café- not only have they become real to me- but they’ve become real to some of my readers as well. When that came together  I found my voice here at the Soul Food Café
Anita Marie Moscoso

Anita Marie Moscoso - Blogmeisterin

Anita Marie Moscoso is a true votary of Soul Food and she has turned writing, on a daily basis, into a life style. Her blogs are constantly updated and this Christmas she has been producing a story a day at Riversleigh.

cold storage

Cold Storage is Anita Marie's Soul Food Workbook, the place which she calls her own little cyber morgue. The only thing is, Cold Storage is very much alive, as indeed, are all the dead that A.M.M. so capably breathes life into.

It is hard to know just what use people do make of the creative stimuli at Soul Food but there is no doubt that Anita Marie has taken the prompts offered and given them a very special take. She always manages to surprise webmaster, Heather Blakey, who regularly asks if she 'is trying to frighten' the residents. However, the residents just keep asking for more so there is no saving them. They all conspire and Mrs Parson's House was a much visited property over Halloween.

A favourite response was her take on the Lunch Box Spy activity.

Lunch Box Spies

I used this exercise to work on a character sketch for a Werewolf Story I’m working on. I love any activity that focuses on dialog and this exercise can be used in to do exactly that. Of course you could follow the directions or you could play with it like I did.

So here’s my Lunch Box Interview with Al Dente Werewolf.

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Over the lips
passed the tongue
watch out stomach
here it comes.


-Lunch Time Prayer uttered by Students all over the world

Tell me about your lunches.

“They talk too much. ‘ Don’t eat me…eeekkk, help’ Stuff like that. Same old same old day after day. Its not exactly stimulating conversation.”

What can you tell me about the lunches you eat?

” After awhile they all taste like chicken.”

What do you remember about your school lunches?

” Oh, the good old days. Back then I use to love the hunt. Chase ‘em down and chow them down. Now the arthritis is setting in. Plus, there’s nothing sadder then a Werewolf with bad eyes trying to catch its lunch. Especially when you trip and your lunch laughs…”

Were there any family jokes about what you liked to eat?

“I went through the alphabet…like all my lunch’s names had to start with the letter ” A”. After awhile my family started to call me Alphabetti Humanetti. Anyway, the villagers got wise to me and started to number their kids instead of naming them. I almost starved to death”

Who made your lunch?

“Uh…are you kidding? What did you skip biology class? Like you really don’t you know where babies come from?”

Were you ever able to buy a lunch?

“This Ogre named Calvin use to sell lunches. He was a nice guy. But the lunches were caged and they tasted funny. Real gamy. They must’ve been bottom feeders.”

What did they stock in the school canteen?

“Most of the time it was Damsels in Distress and Dragon Slaying Knights. By the end of the week they’d stew whatever was left over. It was BORING.”

Did you ever slip across the street with your mates to the fish and chip shop?

“Yes, of course we did! And after we ate the cooks and patrons we use to dump the fish back into the Bay.”

Did any one in your class have a better lunch than you? What did they have? Were you ever able to swap with them?

“I use to swap Werewolf Hunters for Vampire Hunters with my friend Carl. The Vampire Hunters were my favorite cause they’d try this Kung Fu fighting stuff on me.It was so funny. Sort of like dinner theatre. But the best part were these bow and arrow things some of them carried around. I’d use the arrows for a little something I invented called Hunter Kabobs.
Hunters on a Stick. Gosh I loved those…especially with catsup.

Where did you eat your lunch? Who ate their lunch with you? Did you eat alone?

“Werewolves are social animals you know and we don’t like to eat alone. So I ate my friends and family. Oh no wait…I mean I eat WITH my friends and family”

What do you have for lunch now? Do you still own a lunchbox? Do you make your lunch or buy it?

“I skip lunch now and I eat healthier then I use to. I’ve gone back to my old ways and the Village I live in now has very clean living livestock. And yes I do have a lunchbox. It’s that big box behind you with the little gold handles. Very good, it’s a coffin. Thank you for noticing.”

Who makes the best lunches?

“Those Villagers down the road…. they’re really into physical fitness and they really work on things like running. Wow and let me tell you they can do that darn fast.I mean, no matter how big or small young or old you should see those little legs work!”

Do you eat the same thing every day?

“Of course I do…nature of the beast you know.”

Is there a lunch that still haunts you?

“They all do my friend…they all do.”

What is the worst lunch you have ever eaten?

“Bob.”

What is your favorite place to buy lunch?

“Noses and Toeses On The Pier”

Would you buy from a school canteen?

“Sure I would, especially if they serve Students on Rye.

Anita Marie Moscoso

Activity

Make a Soul Food workbook blog, dig deeply within the site and do an activity a day. We may see you around next Christmas but is unlikely you will have done everything that is on the site. However, by next Christmas you WILL have found your unique voice and might, like A.M.M. have fan followers.