Christine Perez is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA in Playwriting. She is currently getting her MS in Publishing, Print and Digital Media from NYU. She has been exposed to many genres of writing, from playwriting to editorial to short story and enjoys all of them. Christine is also a tech enthusiast (read: nerd) and loves the challenge of learning new software and hardware configurations (she is currently teaching herself how to develop software for writers as her graduate thesis). When she is not studying or working or playing with technology or writing, Christine is out with her camera, photographing friends and concerts and posting her shots on Instagram. She enjoys social media but doesn't like to talk about it.
Who are you?
Hi! My name is Christine and I am a New York transplant by way of Los Angeles by way of Chicago by way of Santa Cruz by way of San Diego. I like to wander.
Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? Remember, you're in a hot tub with them on a clear cold night, stars twinkling above you. They want all the details. If not, tell the hot-tub-stranger about your writing in such a way that makes them urge you to get an online receptacle for it.
Right now I keep two blogs: Pardon the Clutter and Travel Life Crisis. I also write for LA Music Blog where I cover live shows, interview bands, and write album reviews.
You would think Travel Life Crisis would be about traveling and Pardon the Clutter would be a compilation of random musings about life and writing, but it's actually the complete opposite. I like to keep my readers on their toes. "Travel" has morphed into a blog that really delves into more abstract topics about life and meaning and getting old, topics that tend to come about when traveling. I use "Pardon" to write about more concrete events and places; it is also a vehicle to show some of my photography.
What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen?
I don't remember the exact moment I started writing, but I remember winning a short story writing contest in the 4th grade. That was probably the first time I really enjoyed writing. For all I know, we all won the contest (in typical elementary school fashion). But it was the catalyst to push me forward.
Why do you write?
I write to clear my head, to explore ideas I'm too afraid to say out loud.
Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you?
I've been lucky to have some of the best writing mentors from a variety of backgrounds. Edan Lepucki (short story fiction), Michael McCarthy (sitcom spec script), Gary Gardner and Matt Pelfrey (playwriting). They taught me the rules of writing and how to break them. They're all brilliant and I hope to live up to their standards.
In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Anywhere I've never been. I have a habit of going back to the same places I've visited before if I enjoy them. Of course I want to relive certain experiences and see the same sights sometimes, but for the short amount of time we're given, why not want to go somewhere new every time you plan a trip? I would choose somewhere really hardcore like The Amazon or Madagascar to start, to set the bar high.
What is your favorite place on earth?
This answer changes every year the more I wander. But the common denominator among all of my favorite places usually includes the people I'm with. A place can only be great for so long before the absence of the people who matter to you makes it less desirable.
Anything else you'd like us to know?
If you say the handle out loud it sounds like "president". I was pretty proud of that one.