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Carpe Diem, er, Interview.

Next in the ongoing series of interviews, is Miss Maya at Allegro!

1.) Let’s start with how would you describe yourself… in a poem?
I would be the curious narrator who wants to explore the world around her. I’d refer to myself as “she,” and you would find a lot of imagery in the poem.

2.) You think that people should…?
Carpe diem. End of story.

3.) Something (may I make that “Someone”?) that always makes you smile?
My family: my mom, who can crack really good jokes, my dad, who always manages to make me smile, and my sister, who is so incredibly spectacular (99.9% of the time) that she doesn’t need any explanation.

4.) If you could paint your room any color what color would it be?
Purple, hands down. I’ve got eight sections of wall, and each would be a different shade of purple. That’d be really pretty.

5.) After having become a published author, do you really feel much different, or is it still mostly the same?
As of right now, it’s mostly the same. It’s just those times when someone stops me and says, “Hey, I know you — didn’t you write a book?” that feel very different, because I’m finally able to say, “Yeah, I did.” Or when I’m signing books, or addressing packages, etc, I’m so grateful to my parents for letting me publish, and this whole “poetess experience” feels so, so good. And so very different, but I love it.

6.) Can you choose a favorite book? Or are you forced to resort to books, in the plural sense?
Mainly I’ve told people it’s “Paper Towns,” by John Green. But I think “North of Beautiful” (Justina Chen Headley), which I’ve claimed is my second-favorite, is almost just as good. What I look for in a favorite book is that it has to teach me something about life or the way I live it. Both of these books have done that, and NOB is such a close second, but Paper Towns takes the cake.

7.) When did you first realize that Carrie Underwood was the epitome of awesome?
She’s always been the epitome of awesome, though I didn’t realize it until Saturday, March 14, 2008, and Sunday, March 15, 2008, two days that I spent doing my homework and listening to the 30-second previews on iTunes all afternoon long. She shows people that you can achieve anything if you just go for it, and I think that’s really important.

8.) What’s something you think not too many people know about you?
That I’m a very sensitive person.

9.) Do you think books should be made into movies?
Of course! It’s great to see something you’ve read being acted out. I know that when I read a book or write prose, the dialogue plays out in my head, like a movie. So, for me, getting to see those same scenes from someone else (the director)’s perspective is a really neat experience.

10.) Have you ever been truly, perfectly, and incandescently happy? Do share 😉
Definitely. Anytime I’m doing one or more of the following things:
-writing (without struggling!) 🙂
-listening to fantastic music
-it’s sunny + raining at the same time (I love both the rain and the sunshine, so this is a perfect compromise)
-spending time with my family

11.) How would you react towards a group of turtles in pink tutus, sipping strawberry smoothies with little umbrellas in it?

Where did they come from? *runs away*
12.) If you had to choose between beauty, curiosity, or creativity, what would you choose?
I’d choose curiosity. I don’t think beauty is as important as our society makes it out to be — even though your physical appearance is what a lot of people judge you by, you just have to be beautiful on the inside. Creativity is important, too, but curiosity is what you need to learn. It’s what holds all the answers. And that, I think, ranks a bit higher than creativity in my books.

13.) Where do you see yourself in 11 years, three months, and twenty-nine days?
I’d probably be finishing up college, studying journalism/mass broadcasting, creative writing, and/or psychology. I’m not sure exactly which one(s), but I’ve got a while to think about it. All three sound like a lot of fun.

14.) What never ceases to amaze you?
Sunsets. We get really pretty ones here in Washington — with gorgeous stripes and colors.

15.) What question have you always wanted to be asked, and never been asked? Go ahead and ask that now 🙂
Q: Do you prefer black-and-white or color photos?
A: Black and white…unless it’s a sunset or sunrise. Such colors!

16.) If someone was willing to pay you a thousand dollars to spend the day with Miley Cyrus, would you do it?
I’m not sure. If we were going to do something fun, then yes. But if it was going to be all shopping, watching movies, etc, then a big no.

17.) Do you think that kids can make a difference in the world?
I really do. Most of the time, adults underestimate what children can achieve. But we can do so much more than what an adult can achieve, because our innocence allows us to believe in ourselves and be true to who we are.

18.) If you could choose a superhero name, what would it be?
I’m not into superheroes, so this is going to be pretty tough. What about…Auriga? It’s a gorgeous name and I definitely wouldn’t mind being named after a constellation.

19.) Do you believe in wishes?
No, not really. I believe in dreams, though. Wishes are more pessimistic — they’re more of longing rather than believing. Longing won’t make you go anywhere; if anything, it’ll only send you backwards.

20.) Are there any other forms of creativity you like to express yourself through besides poetry?
I love art. Drawing, painting, and the like — especially pastel work.

Thank you so much for a great interview, Maya! 😀

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April 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm 7 comments

Knowing

The things I wish to know,
pondered behind closed doors
leaving shadows arched across the ground,
never knock, never enter.

I’d like to know why friends can laugh
with each other one minute,
and the next be strangers, cold
awkward and tiptoeing around each other.

Why music can so delight,
yet terrify the soul, with haunted
melodies, or agonizing rhythms;
just a few measures.

I’d like to know.

—-

Yet another NaPoWriMo poem. And then this as well, I think shall delight:

And for those who weren’t aware, which I really doubt is very many of you, I am a little more than halfway through reading the ARC I received of Forest Born by Shannon Hale. I loathe spoilers so I shan’t even be posting a review until September (I think. We’ll see.) but you can all rest assured that it is truly amazing so far. Have I mentioned how much I love her books? 😀

April 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm 2 comments

Love Story meets Viva La Vida

This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in a really long time. Going to the YouTube page makes the video format larger and thus better, but either way it’s the music that matters, and this is intensely amazing.

April 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm 9 comments

Wish

Spinning, circles across the lawn
a penny into the pond
sending out circles, ripples
little waves the crash against the bank.

The grass tickling against my skin,
I fall to the ground,
raising my chin to the sky
breathing in, sweet perfume

Dusk settles quietly,
cold breezes begin to tease, lifting
swirling around and hugging the contours
of a wish come true.

NaPoWriMo is doing some interesting things for my writing, but here is my latest attempt. Comments?

April 15, 2009 at 12:01 am 5 comments

Happy Resurection Sunday ;)

I’ll admit, saying that was a bit of a joke at my chuch today.

Story time!

So apparently saying Happy Easter is like saying have  a great time celebrating a pagan holiday that has been commercialized. Yo no se. But I do know that it was hilarious the way my pastor phrased it.

After church in the coffe bar, the high schoolers were hanging out as usual, and we started discussing this, among many other random topics ranging from Lost to Hannah Montana (just the record, there is no comparing the too. Lost wins hands down.). It was quite fun.

And then of course my dad comes in and says, “Happy Easter! OH, I mean Resurrection Sunday!” Cue groans from the students as we all pretend to be appalled by his saying Easter.

It’s kind of one of those you had to be there to properly appreciate it, but it was awesome.

On a more serious note, it is a happy day. It’s great to know that He really isn’t dead, and that He lives.

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So enjoy the pretty spring flowers and remember that Easter is more than a Pagan holiday 😀

April 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm 4 comments

Sound Off

As I was updating my Books Read in 2009 page, I had a little thought enter my mind. How many books do you guys read on average per year, month, or week? I know there are people at both extremes, so where do you stand?

I’ve read 29 books this year, and last year I believe I read 164. But I’m not positive and really too lazy to go check 😉

So I’m guessing I’m not really on track to meet last years amount, except for that you have to count in summer where the reading amount is pretty much doubled.

I think school makes life difficult, by the way. It means that bookish people with limited time can only read school books, and not the books they want to read. In most cases.

Anyways, sound off please. I’d really like to know what you all think.

April 12, 2009 at 10:35 am 9 comments

“Oh it’s Fabulous…”

Haha, unlike most people I actually am not against High School Musical 😉

And I do have good reason to quote that song! I shall now be ministering yet another award in the heaps of them that are floating around the blogging universe. Jess has give me the “Your Blog is Fabulous” award! And here it is:

And now I should like to award my five recipients of this awesome award!

First off, Miss Erin. One of my first friends in the blogging world, and a dear fellow Shannon Hale fan. I love spending time with this chica, both in real life and in the internet. Your blog is fabulous 😉

Secondly, ya’ll give a holler for the one, the only, Maribeth “M&M” 😀 She is hilarious. If you haven’t been introduced to her amazing sense of what is random and what is overkill, check out her blog. I promise it will amuse and amaze you. Not only is your blog fabulous, you’re fabulous.

Next I would like to award Cuileann, for her totally fabulous blogs. I say blogs, because not only does she have an awesome blogger blog, but a tumblr blog as well that I’m pretty much in love with. Have you seen the photos this girl can take? Not to mention the truly inspiring pieces of the world she exposes us all to through her blogs. You my dear, are fabulous.

I’ve also recently started getting to know Georgie, who if you haven’t seen is a brilliant poet and writer as well! Her blog is really unique, and I encourage you guys to all check out her fabulous work. In addition to that, she’s also been amusing me terribly with her insightful comments lately. Her blog is definitely fabulous.

And I know she’s already gotten this award (I know multiple people have already gotten awards…) but I really do love Summermoon‘s blog. Honestly, her posts might be among my favorite to read. I love when you have to actually ask questions like, “What is port, again?” because someone else has a culture that is just that cool. In addition, she makes life happier with her amazing bookishness and writing skills. Summermoon is definitely fabulous.

And that’s it! I’m pretty sure most people have gotten this by now, but if you should so desire, go tell someone they’re fabulous too 😀

April 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm 6 comments

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