Steve is one my oldest friends. He writes stories, plays music, makes lamburgers, serves food & doesn’t drink tea.
I’m Stephen Harutunian. I am writer, meaning I am someone who writes; whether I’d consider myself a writer is up in the air. Some days. I make a living right now as an assistant teacher and a server.
What’s your cup of tea?
Fiction. And let’s call it a cup of coffee. As much as I want to, and as many adjectives as I have to describe different teas, I just can’t get into tea. A small part of me, the conspiracy theory part, thinks that no one really likes tea. Anyway, writing is what I do – what I need to do, have to do, every day, in order to feel like me.
What’s your favorite materials or ingredients to work with?
Keyboards…Open Office word processor (if you paid for microsoft office, I’m sorry, or if you use microsoft works, why do you do that?) I like to draft by hand. I like to occasionally use a typewriter. It’s interesting how the writing changes with the tools you are writing with.
What’s a good crafting or cooking tip?
I’m glad you ask. I also love cooking and everything that has to do with cooking, especially eating. I think that cooking is similar to writing and other creative processes in many ways: break things down to basics. Don’t make things too complicated. Start with the concrete and build up. My specialty is pizza. It is important if you are going to make homemade pizza to understand what pizza is in the first place but to also understand what it can be. Use a stone and not a pan.
Where do you find your inspiration & ideas?
It is important to be compassionate at all times. To see and not to judge. I hardly ever succeed at this, but my best ideas come from letting go of myself in this way.
What’s on your crafting/cooking soundtrack?
Cooking = Rolling Stones. Writing….preferably I’d write in silence. Being a young man fresh out of graduate school unable to afford the luxury of a private place, I need to make do. If people are around making noise, the best way to escape that is with Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way. This album will make everything else go away. It allows me to get into that place I need to be in when I write. If you don’t have this album, go have it. This being said, it probably isn’t the best thing to listen to while driving.
What’s a craft or meal you’ve always been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to?
I’ve never really stuffed a meat.
What’s your favorite easy meal or project that should that everyone know about?
Lamburger. I make the best. And I’m not telling how.
What’s the best thing to do with your scraps?
Recycle. Or Burn. Depending on the quality of writing.
What’s something you can’t live without?
Clean, neat space.
How do you know me or how did you find me?
Ah, so long, so long.
What other blogs are you reading on the regular?
I don’t blog.
have any websites to promote, or ways we can find you?
Look for more things soon, I’m working hard at publishing. I’m also trying to get in touch with my Armenian heritage and I am starting a new novel on Armenian Americans and violence. For now, you can read this.
Thanks for reading; Hemingway said something like … a writer who does not think solely of his reader is not doing his job. Kerouac said If I’m not writing for myself than why write at all. And these are my two favorite authors.