Writing in other forms – Jack Christensen


Amanda Ades, born and raised in Kent Washington, is currently enrolled and attends college in Washington state. But other than being a full time student majoring in performance arts, she is the vocalist and front woman of the band Tambo. The band has a small following and they have been working on a new EP, (a collection of four to seven songs) set to release later this year. Amanda was always a show-woman, participating in theater and musicals since she was in middle school. Moments of silence are few and far between as there is almost always a song or melody being sung when around her.

When I was in grade school, I had to write a narrative story about something that happened in my life. So I wrote about how I was invited to a persons birthday party on Halloween. It was supposed to be a costume party. And I did show up in costume, what I soon realized was that there was apparently fine print that said “Hawaiian,” so when I showed up in full blown vampire garb, I kinda stuck out. I had the fangs and blood coming out the corners of my mouth. That was a long birthday party and the subject of that paper. The teacher actually told me at the end of the year that the faculty all loved that paper so much that they were going to show it as an example for the project, which I felt was a high honor. I felt like the king kid.

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“I lie a lot when I write”

Did that impact you as a writer?

Yeah, i think that when I learned that they were going to keep my paper and said that it was good really boosted my ego. Especially because I was a kid. If you tell a kid they are good at something it makes them feel special, and made me feel like I was super good at writing. It made me want to write more and be good at it. It still in a way does.

“From there on they were songs.”

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