Aginetta R. Mulima [exoticpoetess]
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
I mostly try to analyze how i could say or write or express something differently. By using different words and expressing different views indirect or direct.
"To give birth to ideas." Is this only an expression, or are there really parallels between giving birth and creativity?
I have never given birth before. But I think they are parallel due to someone is bringing a new idea to the world, bringing a child into the world. It's almost as if a child; because you have to nuture that idea, care for it, raise, teach it and then live a life. So I think they are similiar in many ways.
It is possible to fall in love with a bad idea simply because it is yours. How do you avoid this?
Mostly I just try to face the hard facts, advice and other opinions from others on how they view it. And anaylze how it looks from someone else's point of view standing back from mine.
Do you work well under pressure?
Not really; because it makes me feel as though I am rushing to complete a project or write my thoughts and some things might be left out. Also sometimes when working fast, it might not come out to make sense they way it did in one's mind. But working under pressure, sometimes can spew out a different range of feelings.
Ideas can come simultaneously to different people in different places with no connection to one another. How do you explain this phenomenon?
Well everyone has their own views on seeing a situation or something and opinion which kind of creates this book of ideas. That can help feed the mind and have a special connection.
What is art?
There is no direct answer to 'what is Art.' Art is many things it can make someone feel emotional, or have an opinion, or pick out something they see. Art is something where not all people can sit down and agree on, as someone would say "another man's trash is another man's treasure". We all see things differently from Picasso's early realistic works to his abstract work, art does not have a direct definition.
When do you get your best ideas?
Most of my ideas come from inspiration from music, or something I see that another artist has done or simply decoding a poem into a visual form. In my artwork, I use both magazines, the internet, music lyrics or an image I imagine. Sometimes all of them are tied together in a collage, showing all forms of an idea.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
For me, I saw myself as an artist, when it began to take most of my time and I enjoyed it. Also when I became interested in taking art classes, but branching out into my own particular style. And it was also something, I preoccupied myself with almost every single day. In a class setting, I liked to present my idea how to present the art side of whatever the topic was.
Is art necessary?
Art is necessary. Art is all around us in every shape, form or idea. Most of the things we see around us, is in fact art. From a billboard sign, a piece an art gallery, or someone who is drawing to an express; an emotion, a time, a place and human nature itself. Art is ever present in history from photography from old times to drawings done by Egyptians or Romans. Art is here to stay.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
My advice would be experiment, experiment! Experimenting helps those discover their passion and the things they liked most. I think its good for people who are interested in art, to explore all areas; photography, painting, drawing, sketching and etc. By doing so, it gives a foundation from where they would like to branch off into or how they can hopefully make it their career or passion.
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I mostly first read Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost and John Keats
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
My favorite genre would mostly include poetry and Romance and thriller. Well I dont have a link up for my work but I do have some of my work at cold coffee.ning(username: exoticpoetess) and moontown cafe (username: poetrygurl)
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Mostly its pen and paper spontaneity ; like what i'm feeling at that time mostly my work is personal feeling. Also my creative process is how to use words in a way were can express the tone in the piece but not directly.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Mostly poetry I read from my friends and peers around me. Also just a really deep pyschological mind-boggling thriller or romance novel I've just read. For example, the book Host by Stephenie Meyer is a very inspiring piece.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The basic ingredients of a story I feel is; a relationship between the characters both dynamic or static characters. Also the flow of a story where it doesn't seem 'choppy' and just 'spat out' but well thought out to make sense. Furthermore, drawing the reader on, as a cliffhanger to keep the reading and interested in the story.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
A combination of both really like putting yourself and another character describing you but not stating that it is you. It really depends on the topic I'm writing about.
What well known writers do you admire most?
I really admire the work from Stephen King, Francesca Lia Block, Stephenie Meyer and many poets like Robert Frost
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Well at times, first starting off as a young poet it can be really nerve-raking and almost tense. Also to where I am shaky or breathing heavily.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
My emotions bottled up inside, the people I love (family, friends, and hahha secret crushes) Sometimes its for the people I cant tell that I love because i'm shy.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
It really is!!!!! a lot like sometimes when you feel you cant tell people how you feel the words on paper really do create a trance. A place where you're at ease, soul within yourself. Deeply so a force sometimes the words push out of the writer that indeed it can be expressed externally.
Does reader feed-back help you?
It does. because sometime the words can be re-written or if they dont make sense.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I do, sometimes having a second opinion can help stimulate how the specific writing piece can be improved. Mostly, in school my classmates and I do peer-editing to catch both awkward sentences and grammatical errors. I do have someone who I can share my rough draft with to get their overall opinion on it.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe so. A voice that I feel is really in my skin and I feel comfortable with.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
My process is mostly writing on a notebook paper in a composition notebook or small memo pad to take with me if i have pop into my head. Then I mostly type the pieces up on the computer.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
Not very much, this is actually first time experience trying to work with a publisher
What are you working on now?
Mostly trying to put my first book together for poetry and then working on a rough draft novel.
What is "news"?
When I think of "news", I think of stories, information that is fact not simply just an opinion.
What headline would you like to see printed one day in the newspaper?
Not only a headline but in all magazines, a whole section based on positivity. Too often, there is negative things being portrayed.
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
The boom of the tabloid press is based of people believing in everything they see or read whether or not it is factual. The tabloid press destroys people and our society, due to the lack of facts it is based off jumping to conclusions or tearing people down.
What hobbies have you got?
Most of my hobbies including; writing poetry and short stories, playing the piano, drawing/sketching, blogging and taking walks and enjoying nature mostly.
How do you respond to telemarketing calls?
"Thank you for you're time, I am uninterested" Then hang up.
It is 5 pm on a typical Sunday: what are you doing?
Resting, out on the town somewhere with the family or just relaxing at home with a good book, computer or music.
Your New Year resolutions.
I don't really believe in those because I usually forget them or don't keep them. but the only effective one that it is in play or in action is going green. That is the only one I am really committed to at the moment.
Please list something you have not yet done, but that you would definitely like to do someday.
Some of the things I would like to do someday, is definetly travel the world. I want to travel the world to get a better understanding of people and how it would influence my work both in writing and art. Another thing I would like to do some day is start a charity for artists who do not have the money to attend a college. There are so many things I would like to do, I simply can not name them all.
What do you imagine yourself doing for your retirement?
For my retirement, I see myself being at ease traveling the globe, visiting art in many different places I travel and being able to have a flexible schedule. Also, I see myself possibly leaving in a different country.
To what percentage do you believe in statistics?
Not very much due to the fact that no one knows it all and can put things in accurate categories. Especially with statistics about people; some of them aren't true about how all teenagers act. that makes me laugh.
Do you believe it is true that humans only use 10% of their brain capacity?
There are two ways of looking at it; one it is probably way more than that depending if you are a hardworker, however I think to some degree people must have to use 10% of their brain capacity to function. Two; depending on the laziness of a person it could be 10% possibly.
What do you think of the squatter "movement"?
Its good for your muscles if you are stretching or meditating or also working out. but it feels very awkward in a room full of other people. It still feels weird in my Physical Education class.
Does brand name influence your buying habits?
As much as I respect the designer, it doesn't really influence me. Whatever I feel is pretty, dashing and looks good and reasonable price draws me. However, I tend to find the same designer that I wear that meets me similar tastes in what appeals to me.
Do you think tipping is a good custom?
It is always good to pay your respects to the person serving you and personal service. That is just the bottom line.
Do you think the catastrophism about climate change has been exaggerated?
I dont think it is exaggerated; We have to take our responsbility seriously because who really knows how great effect it is. Because if it is not addressed, we are damaging the world around us. Being industrialized is perhaps a good thing, but we also need to take in mind how it is affecting nature. Climate change evidently must be happening if the world is not looking what it use to be before started building huge machinery or mobile machinery. Many animals have gone extinct, trees have been mistreated and frankly climate change is not imaginary it is happening.
What is your opinion of the rise in popularity of plastic surgery and implants?
I think only if they have disfigurement or any surgical need is the reason not for luxury or trying to look like the next movie star or celebrity on Tv. also people need to get past their "imperfections" so to speak and be able to live with themselves for the way they look and get past it.
What do you currently have in your MP3 player?
I have everything from teen pop to shania twain, from micheal jackson, SWV to Rihanna on my Mp3 player. Alanis Morrisette, Donell Jones and many more other good artists.
Places in the world that you have visited recently.
I've never really been outside of the U.S. yet but i hope so futher in my life that I will.
Do you defend urban graffiti?
To a point, because its their way of life whether we disagree or not its a lost battle and will always be there. I think the history of it like the Artist Keith Harring was to convey a message, a feeling or a warning of the society or reason being expressed.
What magazines do you frequently read?
I read various magazines even entertainment magazines to get view from all side whether true or false. It just helps to see what the world is up to in TIME magazine and mostly what to think of things as well.
How do you kill time?
By writing poetry, listening to music and hanging out with friends. Also a good bellylaugh with the family didnt hurt anyone.
In which city do you live? What are your favourite and least favourite things about it?
Well since I moved here recently the least things I like its hot, barely rains, it is very very dry here like a desert and doesnt yet feel like home exactly. My favourite things include that it has a nice social vibe among the people, beautiful sunsets, nice all year round for wearing summer/spring clothes and mostly i guess the open-ness about it
What matters more in deciding your vote: the party, the candidate, or the ideas?
The ideas are the most that matter. Long as the person he/she is representing good justice and expressing moral value concern. I wont vote for a person just for the party; but vote for them if they stand by what they actually say and bring quality, change and development to the country and benifiting the world as well as a whole. Also a person who is open to new ideas not just traditional political arguments from centuries ago but what appeals and matters most now at this point in time to all ages. young and old which will both help stimulate the economy and create a healthy nation in political speaking and working together.
What significant changes do you think Obama can bring about along his presidential term?
In his past 100 days, I think he has really laid his foot down and got down "to cracking to business". So far he is sticking to what he has expressed throughout his campaign and firmly dealing with Bush's old mess to clean up. Also the changes included more than to get the economy going, creating jobs, greener choices, and developing healthcare. but furthermore giving the American country pride to being an American not shamed of the things that have gone wrong in the past administration dealing with the issues of war, or greed, or unvaluable decisions nor helping us or others in the world. I think President Obama is doing good so far and will continue to improve in this day and age.
For you, what is "the good life"?
I life that; you are comfortable with living, do not regret in what you believe, don't mind doing what you do for a long time and mostly appreciating what you have. Also to have the support of friends and family and being happy with who you really are instead of what you're not.
What is the secret to happiness?
I think being able to live with yourself, appreciating what you have, being able to laugh at your mistakes and live for what you know is actually moral and passion not for the things beind persuaded of you to be like.
Does the soul exist?
The soul does exist it is part of life very much so. Personally, I think you couldn't function without a soul its part of a connection to your religion, or reason for living or why simply you do what you do.
Please list three important words for the world today.
What can you tell us about your family?
My family has always been really supporting. They are very hilarious and people I enjoy being around. I am very fortunate to have a family that is very loving and always there supporting one another.
Aginetta R. Mulima