Interview: Ruzielle Ganuelas

Ruzielle Ganuelas was born and raised in the Philippines which is where she started writing. She was about 13 and somehow discovered she could pull together all the stories and poems floating inside my head and put it down on paper.

Now, she lives in Seattle and is back in college to finish her senior year. She’s also been blogging since the Friendster days, and recently started blogging again when she went back to school to balance the academic writing with the creative, memoir-type writing which tends to mesh around her head.

Enjoy this interview.

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Let’s talk blogging: how often do you update it, and what types of things do you cover?

I try to blog once a week, but I have moments of blogging way more than I normally do. Most of writing involves academia so I generally use my blog to write about important life issues; stuff I can’t really tell people close to me, so I just it in writing. I use my blog as a forum for creative non-fiction.

Got a favorite post to share?

“Alchemy of a Life,” is actually a paper I wrote for my independent learning contract http://ruzielle.blogspot.ca/2013/01/alchemy-of-life.html, which I ended up posting on my blog. I had a Eureka moment at work while stirring a giant vat of soup and it reminded me of my grandmother whom I never met, and how she expressed love through the domestic arts—something that eludes me, as I’m hopelessly un-domestic.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I’d like to see my byline in more forums, print or online. I recently submitted an essay for a writing contest at the college, and I’ll be very pleased to win. I’d also like to go back to writing poetry, I haven’t written a poem in about 8 years and it’s something that tugs at me.

Favorite authors?

Joanne Harris, I just love the magic in her work. bell hooks, of course, Amanda Hesser, and Felicia Sullivan over at www.lovelifeeat.com.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, read, read. I read before go to bed, no matter how tired I am, it’s my reward after a long day. I also look at design web sites like www.apartmenttherapy.com, and www.maggieroseonline.com, I’m hoping to develop an eye for design (I’m hopeless).

Book you’re currently reading?

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography by Audre Lorde.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I’m a marathon reader so I’m hard-pressed to pick just one interesting book, although Arundhati Roys’ The God of Small Things comes to mind, Piece by Piece by Tori Amos (very interesting especially if you’re into Goddess religions, mythology, archetypes, and the like), and I recently started reading bell hooks, and anything written by her is bound to be interesting.

Where can we learn more about you?

I’ve posted work at www.classism.org for my social-justice and class divide essays. I also wrote an essay for renton.patch.com, http://renton.patch.com/articles/small-business-and-the-gift-of-community, and I wrote an essay for the Seattle Education Access webpage, http://seattleeducationaccess.wordpress.com/sea-lobby-day-by-ruzielle-ganuelas-student-advisory-board-member

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m getting my BA in English and Multicultural Studies this June, and I’m very pleased to have made the commitment to return to college despite the numerous financial obstacles and immense time constraint that I face every month that I’m in school. I’m a better person for making the sacrifice and powering through my educational goals.

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