Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 86: Shy Watson)

Shy Watson

SHY WATSON wrote Horror Vacui (House of Vlad Press, 2021) & Cheap Yellow (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) & co-founded blush lit. Find more work at places like New York Tyrant, The Rumpus & [PANK].

My current favorite thing to read is: Bad Thoughts by Nada Alic.

My current favorite thing to watch is: Sean Baker movies.

My current favorite thing to listen to is: Blue Banisters, the album by Lana Del Rey.

My current state of mind is: medicated.

My current chemical romance involves: looking at houses on Zillow.

My current words of wisdom are: [to] wake up and write early.

My current mode of transportation involves: [a] black 1999 Honda Accord 4-door sedan EX with a sunroof.

My current favorite fast food item is: [a] McDonald’s iced coffee, no cream, no sugar (if you just say “black” they will still put sugary flavoring in it).

My current workout routine consists of: lots of hiking around the great state of Montana, tennis twice a week, swimming laps, & Ab Ripper X from the early 2000s P90x series.

My current regrettable decision involves: licking the gluey part of the envelope for the gift card I plan to give my friends… I’ve drank two cups of water since and can still taste it.

My current hopes and dreams are: [to] finish the novel I’m writing and sell it to a major press for hundreds of thousands of dollars then sell the film rights for a mill.

My current hobbies include: hiking, camping, and eradicating my addiction to caffeine (been drinking one half caffeinated/half decaffeinated cup every morning for the past few weeks).


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Brian Alan Ellis runs House of Vlad Press, and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018) and Hobbies You Enjoy (serialized daily on Instagram: @hobbiesyouenjoy). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Fanzine, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, X-R-A-Y, Heavy Feather Review, and Yes Poetry, among other places. He lives in Florida.

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