Whoosh! Issue 69 - June 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF MARYD
By Amy Murphy
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WHOOSH! Edition © 2002 held by WHOOSH
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Introduction (01)
MaryD's Head (02-183)
MaryD's Stories
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF MaryD



Introduction

[01]MaryD? Need I say more? When you think Xenaverse, the first person that comes to mind my mind is MaryD. She has the hottest and biggest site and so many lists I cannot name them all. She has many sites as well. She has many of everything. What I am most impressed with is her original fiction. Her Eva and Zoe tales are great and very addictive. Sad thing is after all these years, she's still overlooked when it comes to awards acknowledging all of her hard work.


MaryD's Head



Dear Mom, Wow! Did you know that Xena can kick a cocoanut off a 30 foot tall palm tree? Oh, by the way, we were in the South Sea Islands this week. I picked you up a muu-muu.

Gabrielle is the example for many bards.


INTERVIEWER:
[02]Why did you start writing?

MARYD:
[03]I've been writing since I was 8 years old and somewhere along the track, I had no inspiration other than Star Trek fan fiction. I stopped that when I found a show about a warrior. It was in March 2000 when I was inspired once again and its been bubbling forth ever since.

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

MARYD:
[05]I don't write Xena fan fiction because Xena and Gabrielle don't talk to me. I would rather read good fan fiction than write it. I prefer to write my own characters.

INTERVIEWER:
[06]Give us a brief day in the life of MaryD.

MARYD:
[07]Really? I think I would tire myself out writing it. I work full time. I go to work from 8:30 to 5:00. I come home, have a shower, have some dinner, and sit down to do my site updates. I write a chapter of my new novel or read a book and go to bed. That's basically it for the weekdays. Weekends are a bit more free. Not very exciting.

INTERVIEWER:
[08]How do you handle stress?

MARYD:
[09]I eat vanilla ice cream and create.

INTERVIEWER:
[10]Years from now, how would you want to be remembered?

MARYD:
[11]Someone who gave back to a show that I loved, a decent person, and a good writer.

INTERVIEWER:
[12]What is your pet peeve?

MARYD:
[13]Two-faced people.

INTERVIEWER:
[14]Who is Mary?

MARYD:
[15]A 37 year old Sydney geek who loves cricket (the game, not the insect), does a bit of artwork, writes, and is currently enjoying her life as a single gal.

INTERVIEWER:
[16]Do fans expect too much from stars?

MARYD:
[17]Depends on what the fans are after.

INTERVIEWER:
[18]What are your feelings on censorship?

MARYD:
[19]It should be banned.

INTERVIEWER:
[20]If you can cure one disease, what would it be and why?

MARYD:
[21]Just one? AIDS would be one and the other Breast Cancer.

INTERVIEWER:
[22]Did the September 11th attacks on the States affect you in any way?

MARYD:
[23]Yes. Made me realize how fragile life really is and how we should tell those we love how we feel about them. You just never know what tomorrow or the next 2 seconds will bring.

INTERVIEWER:
[24]What do you see yourself doing in the future? Any future projects?

MARYD:
[25]Writing a few more novels, getting a new job, and being happy.

INTERVIEWER:
[26]How do you handle depression?

MARYD:
[27]I call friends who make me laugh and I eat vanilla ice cream.

INTERVIEWER:
[28]What was the hardest thing you ever did?

MARYD:
[29]Fly 14 hours on a plane (I detest flying) to meet people I've never met face to face and then traverse the country meeting more people I've never met before. Wild.

INTERVIEWER:
[30]What was the easiest?

MARYD:
[31]Signing the contract for my first novel.

INTERVIEWER:
[32]What advice can you give to future writers?

MARYD:
[33]Write for yourself, research what you don't know, and enjoy yourself.

INTERVIEWER:
[34]How did it feel to be published?

MARYD:
[35]Absolutely fantastic. It's a surreal feeling holding the book that I wrote in my hands and knowing I've fulfilled a dream.

INTERVIEWER:
[36]What has the show Xena meant to you?

MARYD:
[37]It's changed my life in positive ways, I've met friends I would never have met, learnt a great deal from people and enjoyed a good show. It's been the catalyst for many changes in my life.

INTERVIEWER:
[38]How do you feel about its end?

MARYD:
[39]All good things must come to an end. It was good while it lasted but it couldn't go on forever. I would have liked it to have ended better.

INTERVIEWER:
[40]What are your dreams? Hopes? Wishes?

MARYD:
[41]To grow spiritually, to give freely, and to enjoy life.

INTERVIEWER:
[42]Who do you trust?

MARYD:
[43]Myself, my parents, a select few friends.

INTERVIEWER:
[44]What is the greatest wish you have for your child?

MARYD:
[45]To live long and prosper. Sorry couldn't resist. I hope that the child grows up in a world without violence and hatred.

INTERVIEWER:
[46]What would you say every writer needs?

MARYD:
[47]A good imagination and a good editor.

INTERVIEWER:
[48]Do you believe in prayer?

MARYD:
[49]Yes. Prayer CAN move mountains - obstacles that we think are too big. It does happen.

INTERVIEWER:
[50]How do you feel about subtext?

MARYD:
[51]Heh. Love is love no matter the packaging.

INTERVIEWER:
[52]What makes your best friend your best friend?

MARYD:
[53]The ability to laugh and be honest.

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

MARYD:
[55]Sent a dozen red roses.

INTERVIEWER:
[56]What theme would you like to tackle in your next work?

MARYD:
[57]Prejudice against physically handicapped people.

INTERVIEWER:
[58]What was the last thing that made you smile recently?

MARYD:
[59]A cartoon of Bin Laden with a rocket through his ear.

INTERVIEWER:
[60]What made you angry?

MARYD:
[61]The destruction of human life on 9/11

INTERVIEWER:
[62]You now have absolute authority over the world. Omnipotent in all areas. What is your first move?

MARYD:
[63]Bring back Xena. Seriously... eliminate hatred.

INTERVIEWER:
[64]Do you have stalkers? If so, how have you handled them?

MARYD:
[65]I've had a few. I try not to think about them and I ignore them.

INTERVIEWER:
[66]How would you categorize your best writing?

MARYD:
[67]My best writing - that would be my Eva and Zoe series and the URL is at http://evazoe.net/index.html.

INTERVIEWER:
[68]What stupid thing did you do as a teen?

MARYD:
[69]I borrowed more than 10 books at a time from the library. I was a wild kid.

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

MARYD:
[71]The loss of inspiration.

INTERVIEWER:
[72]In your opinion, do you fit your astrological sign?

MARYD:
[73]I don't believe in astrological signs - they make me laugh.

INTERVIEWER:
[74]What to you is the worst feeling in the world?

MARYD:
[75]To be alone.

INTERVIEWER:
[76]The best feeling in the world?

MARYD:
[77]To achieve something you've worked hard for.

INTERVIEWER:
[78]Favorite song of the moment?

MARYD:
[79]“Leave A little Room for God” by Neil Diamond.

INTERVIEWER:
[80]What is the first thing you think of in the morning?

MARYD:
[81]Wonder what day it is.

INTERVIEWER:
[82]Is there one part of the writing process where you usually get stuck?

MARYD:
[83]No, not really. I stall on purpose when it's getting to the deeply emotional stuff but I haven't stopped.

INTERVIEWER:
[84]What kind of doughnut do you eat?

MARYD:
[85]Krispy Kreme - I can't find them in Sydney but it was something I tried in Atlanta and I totally loved it! It's a good thing they don't have it here

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

MARYD:
[87]It flows. I seldom go back and rewrite.

INTERVIEWER:
[88]Which part of writing do you enjoy most and why?

MARYD:
[89]Sitting at my computer and just letting it flow out of my fingers. It's a pretty cool feeling.

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

MARYD:
[91]All the time. I would get ideas when I'm about to go to sleep or when I'm working.

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

MARYD:
[93]My bed, a framed copy of the poem Invictus and Rufus my white teddy bear.

INTERVIEWER:
[94]Do you feel in control of your writing, or do your inspiration or characters carry you away?

MARYD:
[95]I feel in control occasionally but it does have a habit of getting away from me and writes itself.

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

MARYD:
[97]Inspiration.

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

MARYD:
[99]My favorite writer is Agatha Christie - she wove magic with her storytelling. I'm not in my top 5 - I have a long way to go before that happens.

INTERVIEWER:
[100]Would the world be a better place if women ran it or would it be the same?

MARYD:
[101]Nope. Maggie Thatcher ruled the UK and I don't think she did any better at it than a man.

INTERVIEWER:
[102]What is your favorite spot where you live now?

MARYD:
[103]My office/TV room.

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

MARYD:
[105]1. Flynt - it could be a good Uber story but it's not. 2. Aimee and Jaguar - a story set during world war ll. Very emotional. 3. Hard Time by Sara Paretsky

INTERVIEWER:
[106]What would your friends say is your worst trait?

MARYD:
[107]My forgetfulness.

INTERVIEWER:
[108]Do you type with your fingers on the 'right' keys?

MARYD:
[109]Yes, doesn't everyone?

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

MARYD:
[111]Hasn't lived long enough.

INTERVIEWER:
[112]Do you have any particular bedtime rituals that you follow every night?

MARYD:
[113]Nope. Go to sleep and hope to wake up in the morning.

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

MARYD:
[115]I walk away and hope it finds its own way out.

INTERVIEWER:
[116]What was the last thing you bought that you did not need?

MARYD:
[117]A computer gizmo.

INTERVIEWER:
[118]Have you ever smoked cigarettes?

MARYD:
[119]Nope.

INTERVIEWER:
[120]Who is your favorite Greek God?

MARYD:
[121]Aphrodite.

INTERVIEWER:
[122]Why do fools fall in love?

MARYD:
[123]They haven't got anything else better to do.

INTERVIEWER:
[124]How has online writing affected your life and how you see yourself, your goals?

MARYD:
[125]It's changed my life and I'm writing professionally.

INTERVIEWER:
[126]What skill would you like to have that you do not have now?

MARYD:
[127]To ride a motorcycle

INTERVIEWER:
[128]Who is your real life hero and why?

MARYD:
[129]My mum. She's one tough lady.

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

MARYD:
[131]Nor The Battle To The Strong by Rebekah. It was one of the very first that I read and it was incredible. http://www.bejay.com/cave/stories/ fanfic/xenaff/rebekah.htm

INTERVIEWER:
[132]If you could only choose a single climate with no variation, would you prefer it to be sweltering hot or freezing cold?

MARYD:
[133]Freezing cold.

INTERVIEWER:
[134]What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet him or her?

MARYD:
[135]Their smile.

INTERVIEWER:
[136]Have you ever done something that accidentally caused something bad to happen to someone?

MARYD:
[137]Nope.

INTERVIEWER:
[138]How is $25 well spent?

MARYD:
[139]A good book.

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

MARYD:
[141]Deep woods with a cable connection.

INTERVIEWER:
[142]What literary character did you most identify with as a child?

MARYD:
[143]Ruth from the Bible - she was my hero.

INTERVIEWER:
[144]What is the source of your inspiration?

MARYD:
[145]My grandfather.

INTERVIEWER:
[146]Where do your ideas come from?

MARYD:
[147]No idea.

INTERVIEWER:
[148]What do you find most satisfying about your job?

MARYD:
[149]No idea.

INTERVIEWER:
[150]What are the three things you enjoy most about writing?

MARYD:
[151]Creating, exploring new things and feedback

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

MARYD:
[153]Favorite book - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe TV Show - Charlie's Angels and The Six Million Dollar Man Movie: Charlottes Web I still love them.

INTERVIEWER:
[154]What is your idea of a perfect world?

MARYD:
[155]No more war, poverty, or hatred.

INTERVIEWER:
[156]How real is your fiction to you?

MARYD:
[157]Very real - I consider them my children.

INTERVIEWER:
[158]What Disney character do you most identify with and why?

MARYD:
[159]Goofy.

INTERVIEWER:
[160]Who do you read for inspiration?

MARYD:
[161]The Bible.

INTERVIEWER:
[162]What is your favorite website?

MARYD:
[163]My own. I don't often get a chance to go surfing unless someone sends me a URL to check out. http://ausxip.com/new.html

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

MARYD:
[165]A writer.

INTERVIEWER:
[166]What are the limits in sacrifices for true love?

MARYD:
[167]No limits.

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

MARYD:
[169]LOL! All the questions you just asked.

INTERVIEWER:
[170]What makes a great kisser?

MARYD:
[171]Too personal.

INTERVIEWER:
[172]What have you learned from your animals?

MARYD:
[173]Life is just too short.

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

MARYD:
[175]Yes.

INTERVIEWER:
[176]What is your motto?

MARYD:
[177]Dare to dream.

INTERVIEWER:
[178]What attracts you more, humor or honesty?

MARYD:
[179]Honesty.

INTERVIEWER:
[180]What do you think we take too seriously as writers?

MARYD:
[181]Sometimes.

INTERVIEWER:
[182]What questions should I have asked? Then answer them

MARYD:
[183]What color socks I wear. Blue.

MaryD's Stories

MaryD’s address: maryd_oz@yahoo.com

MaryD's sites: http://ausxip.com/index2.html
http://ausxip.com/fanfic.html
http://evazoe.net/index.html

MaryD’s original fiction mailing list: evazoe@smartgroups.com

MaryD's stories can be found at: http://ausxip.com/trek/main.html
http://evazoe.net/index.html

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, 61-66,68-



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 has 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 (24/124)
Favorite line: "I Have Many Skills" Various episodes
First episode seen: TITANS (07/107)
Least favorite episode: LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE (100/510)

 

 

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