In real life Mark isn’t really a real bookworm but he does really like to read books. He also writes and designs fun things for a living. He lives in Devon in the UK and a few of his favourite things include reading and orange juice, which is where the name of this site came from, as well as Strawberry Milkshakes and Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away.
About Reading Juice
“Sucking at something is the first step towards being sorta good at something.”
– Jake, Adventure Time
The awesome quote above (which applies to many things in life) sums up the attitude that I started Reading Juice with. The site was originally just an experiment – a way for me to learn how to make websites. At first I didn’t have a plan and started creating a site (which really sucked) that contained random things I had written including some poems, some short stories, and some blog posts. I didn’t expect anyone to read them and they were really only there so I could work out how to build a site around different types of content.
It wasn’t until I started to think about making Reading Juice more focussed on one thing that I realised the poems I liked to scribble down, in notebooks and on scraps of paper, might make a more interesting site.
Writing comic poetry was a hobby which had started while I was bored while studying English Literature at the University of Plymouth and jotted down the first lines of ‘Dr Garbagestein’, during a lesson on the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
My main influences include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Adventures of Tintin, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories, Spike Milligan, Monty Python, Dr Seuss, Adventure Time, The Simpsons, the artwork of Mary Blair and the music of The Beatles.
My favourite funny poem, and the one that made me want to turn Reading Juice into a funny pure poetry site, is one written by Spike Milligan:
A baby sardine
Saw her first submarine:
She was scared and watched through a peephole.
“Oh, come, come, come,”
Said the sardine’s mum
“It’s only a tin full of people.”
Since I realised people were actually reading Reading Juice I have been continuously working to improve both the content and the website. I hope that at this point it’s ‘sorta good’, but If you’ve got any feedback on the site or its content please email me at mark