Whoosh! Issue 66 - March 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF FLYBIGD
By Amy Murphy
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Introduction (01-02)
FlyBigD's Head (03-162)
FlyBigD's Stories
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF FLYBIGD



Introduction

[01] I was surfing on the Internet looking for something new to read. I came across a strange name, FlyBigD? "What on earth," I thought. Then I saw that this person had wrote a story called "What Mom Doesn't Know, Won't Kill Her." All I did with this wonderful story was crack up. It was so creatively funny my sides hurt.

[02] After that, FlyBigD (aka April Dease) wrote one masterpiece after another. Her Plan D Series is an outstanding semi Uber. I look forward to all her stories, and she's now working on her first full Uber. She's a young, down to earth, straight forward kind of gal.


This uber stuff is hilarious!
The joy of writing was just as fun in the BCE times as the CE times.

FlyBigD's Head

AMY MURPHY:
[03] Why did you start writing?

FLYBIGD:
[04] Because it is something I enjoy and it doesn't cost anything.

MURPHY:
[05] If you had to do it all over, would you be a bard? Would you write?

FLYBIGD:
[06] Yes.

MURPHY:
[07] Give us a brief day in the life of FlyBigD?

FLYBIGD:
[08] I get up. I write. I got to work. I come home. I write. I got to bed. I start all over again.

MURPHY:
[09] How do you handle stress?

FLYBIGD:
[10] For me, I see stress as a useless waste of effort that I could be using on something productive.

MURPHY:
[11] Years from now, how would you want to be remembered?

FLYBIGD:
[12] As someone who brought people a little bit of happiness.

MURPHY:
[13] What is your pet peeve?

FLYBIGD:
[14] I don't have any pets. Just kidding. My pet peeve is the idiotic, arrogant assumption of the human race that our incredible ability for imagination and creativity puts us at the top of the food chain and that every other species on this planet which does not apparently directly support our own species is, therefore, dispensable.

MURPHY:
[15] Who is FlyBigD?

FLYBIGD:
[16] The youngest daughter of two very special people.

MURPHY:
[17] What is the most sensitive part on your body?

FLYBIGD:
[18] My eyeballs. They don't like to be touched.

MURPHY:
[19] What do you see yourself doing in the future? Future projects?

FLYBIGD:
[20] With or without a winning lottery ticket?

MURPHY:
[21] How do you handle depression?

FLYBIGD:
[22] Depression falls under the same category as stress. If I find myself getting down in the dumps, I get up and do something else. Preferably something positive for other people. Seeing a smiling face on someone else, always cheers me up.

MURPHY:
[23] What advice can you give to future writers?

FLYBIGD:
[24] Just write whatever makes you happy. Don't worry if anyone else is going to like it.

MURPHY:
[25] What has the show Xena meant to you?

FLYBIGD:
[26] The show has been a personal inspiration for two reasons. First, it was daring, different, d*mn good, and the creative personnel weren't afraid to make you think. Second, it revolved around in what my opinion is a true friendship and not a mutual acquaintance based on convenience, which is often confused for the real thing.

MURPHY:
[27] How do you feel about its end?

FLYBIGD:
[28] I'm missing it already, but as it comes to an end, I know its passing is only temporal, because I will never lose the happiness and joy it gave me.

MURPHY:
[29] What are your dreams? Hopes? Wishes?

FLYBIGD:
[30] I wish I would win the lottery so I keep just enough money to retire on, so I could write more and give the rest away to people who need it more than I do.

MURPHY:
[31] Who do you trust?

FLYBIGD:
[32] Everybody, until they give me a reason not to.

MURPHY:
[33] What is the greatest wish you have for children?

FLYBIGD:
[34] I am not a parent, but my greatest wish for all the children of the world is that they could learn from our mistakes and have a better world to give to their children.

MURPHY:
[35] What would you say every writer needs?

FLYBIGD:
[36] An over active imagination and the guts to not to care what other people think.

MURPHY:
[37] Do you believe in prayer?

FLYBIGD:
[38] Yes.

MURPHY:
[39] How do you feel about subtext?

FLYBIGD:
[40] As I stated earlier, the show revolved around a friendship. A true friendship. A love. Now, if that love manifests itself into a subtext scenario for some people, more power to them, but I don't think the subtext element really enhances the strength of the bond between the characters.

MURPHY:
[41] What makes your best friend your best friend?

FLYBIGD:
[42] The ability to listen without judging.

MURPHY:
[43] What's the most romantic thing anyone has done for you?

FLYBIGD:
[44] It may sound strange, but I consider the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me is my parents giving me life. To me, there is no greater act of love than that.

MURPHY:
[45] What theme would you like to tackle in your next work?

FLYBIGD:
[46] I don't know. I just hope it doesn't end up tackling me!

MURPHY:
[47] What was the last thing that made you smile recently?

FLYBIGD:
[48] Watching Harry and the Hendersons with my five-year-old nephew.

MURPHY:
[49] What made you angry?

FLYBIGD:
[50] Not applicable. Reference the pet peeve question.

MURPHY:
[51] You now have absolute authority over the world. Omnipotent in all areas. What's your first move?

FLYBIGD:
[52] Instilling compassion into every single human being.

MURPHY:
[53] Do you have stalkers? If so, how have you handled them?

FLYBIGD:
[54] If someone decided to stalk me, they'd die of boredom.

MURPHY:
[55] How would you categorize your best writing.

FLYBIGD:
[56] My best writing is always my next story, or so I hope, anyway.

MURPHY:
[57] What stupid thing did you do as a teen?

FLYBIGD:
[58] Not that I was more intelligent than anyone else as a teen, I just didn't really do anything overly stupid. I was lazy as a teen, too.

MURPHY:
[59] What, if anything, can stop you writing, if only for a while?

FLYBIGD:
[60] Checks to pay my bills. I always forget about my pesky creditors whenever possible.

MURPHY:
[61] In your opinion, do you fit your astrological sign?

FLYBIGD:
[62] I'm a Scorpio born in the year of the Tiger. Sometimes I even scare myself.

MURPHY:
[63] What to you is the worst feeling in the world?

FLYBIGD:
[64] Helplessness.

MURPHY:
[65] The best feeling in the world?

FLYBIGD:
[66] Joy.

MURPHY:
[67] Favorite song of the moment?

FLYBIGD:
[68] Always and forever, Amazing Grace.

MURPHY:
[69] Is there one part of the writing process where you usually get stuck? What have you tried to change that, successful or not?

FLYBIGD:
[70] I don't really suffer from writer's block. My problem is normally self-dissatisfaction with what I've written. As my beta reader could tell you, I'm notorious for changing my mind and deleting mass quantities of text at the most inopportune times. Like the day the story is supposed to go out for posting.

MURPHY:
[71] Does the best writing flow for you, or does it come from rewrites?

FLYBIGD:
[72] See answer above.

MURPHY:
[73] Which part of writing do you enjoy most and why?

FLYBIGD:
[74] I enjoy writing the original text the most.

MURPHY:
[75] How often do you think about a piece when you are working on it and when do you think about it?

FLYBIGD:
[76] I guess I think about the story when I'm actually at the computer writing it, however, when I have to stop writing, to go to bed or go to work, my mind continues on the same line of thought. Needless to say, it takes me a long time to fall asleep and the trip to work goes by really fast.

MURPHY:
[77] When someone walks into your bedroom, what are the first five things that they are likely to notice?

FLYBIGD:
[78] All five things are likely to revolve around the fact that the bedroom is just as messy as the rest of the house.

MURPHY:
[79] Do you feel in control of your writing, or do you get carried away by your inspiration or characters?

FLYBIGD:
[80] When a story idea pops in my head, it starts out as the opening scene and then my mind usually fast forwards in its own whimsical way to come up with an ending before I ever sit down to start writing. Once I do start and get the opening scene the way I want it, the story just goes from there, building itself with my final destination somewhere in the back of my mind, hoping it won't get derailed.

MURPHY:
[81] If you consider yourself to have a muse, what exactly do you mean?

FLYBIGD:
[82] Geez. How can I put this without sounding like a looney toon? Let's see, I don't really need anything external to inspire me. I'm a daydreamer in the most literal definition conceivable. I am easily distracted by my imagination and can spend hours staring off into space while my mind is spinning tales of wondrous adventures.

MURPHY:
[83] Tell the truth -- are you your favorite writer, or in your own top five? Why or why not?

FLYBIGD:
[84] No. I am not my favorite writer. I like what I write, but there are other writers whose work I like more than mine.

MURPHY:
[85] Would the world be a better place if women ran it or would it be basically the same?

FLYBIGD:
[86] I don't think it would necessarily be a better place, because there are just as many b*tch*s as there are b*st*rds.

MURPHY:
[87] What is your favorite spot where you live now?

FLYBIGD:
[88] In front of the computer doing what I love to do.

MURPHY:
[89] What books are you reading now? What about it/them is holding your attention?

FLYBIGD:
[90] I'm not reading any books at the moment.

MURPHY:
[91] What would your friends say is your worst trait?

FLYBIGD:
[92] I can't say for sure, but my guess would have to be my habit of playing the other side of the coin when my friends very much want me to agree to their justification for being mad at something someone did.

MURPHY:
[93] Do you type with your fingers on the right keys?

FLYBIGD:
[94] Yes.

MURPHY:
[95] What is the longest any plant in your home has been with you?

FLYBIGD:
[96] I don't have any house plants.

MURPHY:
[97] Do you have any particular bedtime rituals that you follow every night?

FLYBIGD:
[98] I crawl in bed and hope my mind will shut off before time for me to get up.

MURPHY:
[99] If you find a spider in the bathtub, do you help it out or squish it?

FLYBIGD:
[100] I just get it out of the bathtub so I can take a shower. After that, it's on its own.

MURPHY:
[101] What was the last thing you bought that you really did not need?

FLYBIGD:
[102] A new car.

MURPHY:
[103] Who is your favorite Greek God?

FLYBIGD:
[104] Eris.

MURPHY:
[105] Why do fools fall in love?

FLYBIGD:
[106] Why not?

MURPHY:
[107] How has online writing affected your life?

FLYBIGD:
[108] The Internet is a great source of reference material.

MURPHY:
[109] What skill would you like to have that you don't have now?

FLYBIGD:
[110] Automobile mechanic.

MURPHY:
[111] Who is your real-life hero and why?

FLYBIGD:
[112] Anyone who ever put the well being of someone one else ahead of their own is a hero in my book.

MURPHY:
[113] What fan fiction story touched you so much that you still remember it vividly?

FLYBIGD:
[114] I remember being moved more than the details of the story.

MURPHY:
[115] If you could only choose a single climate with no ariation would you prefer it to be sweltering hot or freezing cold?

FLYBIGD:
[116] Sweltering hot.

MURPHY:
[117] What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them?

FLYBIGD:
[118] The way they smile.

MURPHY:
[119] How is $25 well spent?

FLYBIGD:
[120] Give it to somebody who hasn't eaten in three days.

MURPHY:
[121] Would you rather live in a sociable suburb, or alone in the deep woods?

FLYBIGD:
[122] Anyplace telemarkerters couldn't reach me.

MURPHY:
[123] What literary character did you most identify with as a child?

FLYBIGD:
[124] None.

MURPHY:
[125] What is the source of your inspiration?

FLYBIGD:
[126] See muse question.

MURPHY:
[127] Where do your ideas come from?

FLYBIGD:
[128] I have no earthly idea.

MURPHY:
[129] What do you find most satisfying about your job?

FLYBIGD:
[130] I get to fix things.

MURPHY:
[131] What are the three things you enjoy most about writing?

FLYBIGD:
[132] Making myself laugh, knowing I make other's laugh, and bringing a little laughter to the world as a whole.

MURPHY:
[133] What were your favorite book, TV show, and movie when you were a teenager and what do you think of them now?

FLYBIGD:
[134] Star Wars and it's still tied with Gone With The Wind and Romeo and Juliet as my all time favorites.

MURPHY:
[135] What's your idea of a perfect world?

FLYBIGD:
[136] A world where what is mine is less important than what is right.

MURPHY:
[137] How real is your fiction to you?

FLYBIGD:
[138] It's not, except that it takes up most of my time.

MURPHY:
[139] What Disney character do you most identify with and why?

FLYBIGD:
[140] Tigger. He's got a never say die attitude.

MURPHY:
[141] Who do you read for inspiration?

FLYBIGD:
[142] I don't read for inspiration. See muse question.

MURPHY:
[143] What's your favorite website?

FLYBIGD:
[144] Mine, if I could ever find the time to get it finished.

MURPHY:
[145] When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

FLYBIGD:
[146] Tall. I settled for happy.

MURPHY:
[147] What are the limits in sacrifices for true love?

FLYBIGD:
[148] None.

MURPHY:
[149] If you could interview your favorite author, what questions would you ask?

FLYBIGD:
[150] The Bard Himself and I would ask why he thought he looked good in those poofy collars.

MURPHY:
[151] What makes a great kisser?

FLYBIGD:
[152] A great soul.

MURPHY:
[153] What have you learned from your animals?

FLYBIGD:
[154] Did I mention I don't have any pets?

MURPHY:
[155] Does our society glorify violence to the point we have become desensitized to it and the consequences?

FLYBIGD:
[156] Glorifying violence is not a new concept. The only difference between our society and the ones that came before us, is that we think we're more civilized than they were. That's not a new concept either and it just goes to show we're not.

MURPHY:
[157] What is your motto?

FLYBIGD:
[158] Conquer and overcome.

MURPHY:
[159] What do you think we take too seriously as writers?

FLYBIGD:
[160] Ourselves.

MURPHY:
[161] What questions should I have asked?

FLYBIGD:
[162] I'm just glad you didn't think of anymore. My fingers are tired.


FlyBigD's Stories

FlyBigD's (aka April Dease) e-mail address is asdease1@gte.net.

The Stories:

What Mom Doesn't Know, Won't Kill Her
Xena and Gabrielle take a short holiday at Cyrene's tavern, which turns out to be longer than they expected and longer than the bard is willing to hold out to keep Xena's Mom from having the heart attack the warrior knows she'll have when she finds out the girls are more than just friends.

What Dad Doesn't Know, Won't Get Him Killed
In the sequel to Mom, it's Gabrielle's turn to worry about her parents' well being, especially her father's, when the Warrior Princess decides it's high time she put her many skills to work winning over the bard's family.

A New Day
After routing the Persian army in ONE AGAINST AN ARMY, Xena and Gabrielle fall asleep side by side in the armory where this story takes place. A continuation of that episode, the story picks up when Xena awakens wounded, weary and worried about Gabrielle, who is too weak to travel. Staying for the night, the Warrior Princess and the Bard tend each other's wounds and find themselves tending deeper wounds left beneath the surface by their recent rift as their friendship moves toward testing the uncharted waters of their love.

Hot Bath And A Bed
The sequel to A New Day, this story begins as the sun sets on the day Xena and Gabrielle left the armory burning to ashes, a symbol of leaving their rift and pain behind. Stopping for the night at an inn, their new love moves forward, but not easily as the Warrior Princess grapples with her past and the Bard fights to keep the woman she loves.

Soul Salvation
The sequel to Hot Bath And A Bed, a week has passed since Xena and Gabrielle left Tara behind in FORGIVEN. Unable to forgive herself for her sins and feeling unworthy of Gabrielle's love, Xena draws inside herself as nameless faces from her past plague her heart and their chilling shadow threatens to claim her soul. Near and yet so far, Gabrielle can only take Xena's stoic silence for so long and, after a single glimpse into tortured blue eyes across the campfire, she makes the bold move to claim the Warrior's soul as her own and finds the inner strength to hold on to Xena as she battles the demons within.

The Plan D Series
Take two 2000-year-old souls, put them in their original bodies with all their memories intact, in modern times, somewhere in America and you end up with Xena as herself and renown surgeon Dr. Grace Morgan, the motorcycle riding Warrior Princess who can't get enough of her favorite blonde Battling Bard, Gabrielle, also known as Faith Riley, renown authority on Greek history and school teacher extraordinary. Together again and forever, the daring duo deal with the problems of normal everyday life, like nosy parents and annoying co-workers as some really old friends and enemies provide some surprises along the way to ensure our favorite couple never get bored.

1 - Why You Need A Plan D
2 - Bodies Change, Love Never Dies
3 - A Test Of Faith
4 - Saving Grace
5 - Brain Damaged And Loving It
6 - The Reunion
7 - Palomino Heart
8a through 8g - Ancient Secrets
9 - Back In Black?
10 - Trouble With A Capital T
11 - Don't Say The 'V' Word
12 - Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
13 - The Reason Why
14 - Soapbox
15 - Monday Night Free-For-All
16 - Damn Boxers
17 - Poof
18 - Flashback
19 - Flying Peas
20 - This Love
21 - The Bridge (part one throught four)
22 - The Messenger
23 - The Wish
24 - A Shot Won't Cure This
25 - Bombshell
26 - One Too Many Blondes
27 - Lessons To Survive By
28 - Choices And Changes
29 - Cookies 30 - Almost There
31 - Countdown
32 - Bundle of Joy

Paradise Series
Hustle, bustle and headaches abound on a fictional Caribbean island as a recently, nearly completed resort is brought to life and we follow the lives of the people who are trying to make it happen. In the middle of it all is a closer look at two strangers, two women, who are thrown together by outside forces and struggle to contend with the problems they will have to share if the Paradise Beachside Resort is to open on time, and their own emotions as strange happenings make them question themselves, and each other. (Chapter one through five with more to come)


Acknowledgments

Thanks to Kamouraskan for the beta.


Articles

L. J. Maas and Murphy Wilson [Amy Murphy]. One Step Beyond ... Uber, That Is. WHOOSH #49 (October 2000)

The "Inside the Head of…" series in Whoosh issues #58, 61-


Biography

a woman of mystery Amy Murphy
Thirty-one-year-old Amy Murphy resides in Indiana, and is an avid reader of Xena: Warrior Princess Fan Fiction. If it exists in the Xenaverse, chances are she's read it! Murphy has also tried her hand at writing fan fiction, turning out two very nice pieces that reside on a couple of web sites throughout the Xenaverse.


Favorite episode: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
Favorite line: "I have many skills" (various episodes)
First episode seen: THE TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)

 

 

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