Whoosh! Issue 71 - August 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF JULIE DRAGON
By Amy Murphy
Content © 2002 held by author
WHOOSH! Edition © (c) 2002 held by WHOOSH
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Introduction (01)
Julie's Head (02-167)
Julie's Stories
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF JULIE DRAGON



Introduction

Gabbie shows off her 'Orbit Gum' smile.

Gabrielle was known not only for her great epics but for her short humorous stories as well


[01] You cannot help but love this bard. She is cool and just too good a writer. Plus, she is the best joke sender I know.

Julie’s Head


Interviewer:
[02] Why did you start writing?

Julie Dragon:
[03] To relax after a stressful day at work and my own recreation.

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

Dragon:
[05] Yes I would, grammar or no grammar you can't stop me!

Interviewer:
[06] Give us a brief day in the life of Julie.

Dragon:
[07] I'm a housewife these days and quite a keen gardener, although I can't seem to get over the getting up for work early syndrome at 6 AM and planning my day. I try to walk at least two miles a day plugged into the personal CD player or take the dogs with me. I hate walking without either one of those. My brother had an industrial accident a year and a half ago and I visit him daily during the week for an hour or so to chat and break up his day. I'm a compulsive email collector first thing and make every effort to write for a short time most days. I confess I chat to friends too on the net in the evening. I also plan and participate in a local charity, I'm the treasurer, but I also do all the printing for posters etc., as required.

Interviewer:
[08] How do you handle stress?

Dragon:
[09] Would you believe writing! Gardening and a beer too!

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

Dragon:
[11] That I was generally a good person bearing no ill will to others.

Interviewer:
[12] What is your pet peeve?

Dragon:
[13] People who say one thing and do another.

Interviewer:
[14] Who is Julie?

Dragon:
[15] I'm a wife, currently 'retired early by choice' professional procurement manager, trustee of a local charity, friend, part-time net bard,and keen traveler of the world.

Interviewer:
[16] What do you see yourself doing in the future? Any future projects?

Dragon:
[17] Emigrating to New Zealand if the visa approved. Writing a Sci-fi novel that I started two years ago and then somehow became side tracked with the current writing projects. Complete the children's story I started a year ago.

Interviewer:
[18] How do you handle depression?

Dragon:
[19] I love a cold beer and a good friend to talk to.

Interviewer:
[20] What advice can you give to future writers?

Dragon:
[21] Write what you feel.

Interviewer:
[22] How did it feel to be published?

Dragon:
[23] It was an incredible sensation holding a volume in your hand that you had written.

Interviewer:
[24] What has the show Xena meant to you?

Dragon:
[25] It has brought a wealth of friends that I wouldn't otherwise have known and a breaking down of barriers and awareness of tender subject matters.

Interviewer:
[26] How do you feel about its end?

Dragon:
[27] Saddened. However all things come to an end physically. Although I believe the spirit of the show lives on, manifests itself in people's lives, with the friendships they have made or the stories and sites they visit. Therefore in my opinion, how can it end?

Interviewer:
[28] What are your dreams? Hopes? Wishes?

Dragon:
[29] You want my wish list! Really? Have you got all day? The three main ones are that my family and friends continue to maintain and regain their health. That I can continue to 'retire' from daily employment and I'd love an Alfa Romeo sports car in emerald green. You did say Dream!

Interviewer:
[30] Who do you trust?

Dragon:
[31] My husband and best friend.

Interviewer:
[32] What would you say every writer needs?

Dragon:
[33] Inspiration, feedback, and a good editor.

Interviewer:
[34] Do you believe in prayer?

Dragon:
[35] I have no religious leanings but I believe in individual positive thought.

Interviewer:
[36] What makes your best friend your best friend?

Dragon:
[37] Understanding my good and bad points and still being around. How wonderfully compassionate my best friend is with everyone regardless of his or her circumstances.

Interviewer:
[38] What is the most romantic thing anyone has done for you?

Dragon:
[39] Gave me a special gift that was made with love. Beyond that, I'm not prepared to say.

Interviewer:
[40] What theme would you like to tackle in your next work?

Dragon:
[41] Futuristic adventure, emphasis on the adventure.

Interviewer:
[42] What was the last thing that made you smile recently?

Dragon:
[43] Many things really. I'm always smiling, hard to state a particular moment. Although at a recent charity event the smiles I received when chatting to young children as you gave them something as simple as a badge was wonderful and made me smile big time.

Interviewer:
[44] What made you angry?

Dragon:
[45] Stupidity and malicious gossip.

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

Dragon:
[47] Try to eradicate violence.

Interviewer:
[48] Do you have stalkers? If so, how have you handled them?

Dragon:
[49] Yes. With difficulty but always politely, although I can be more forceful if others become targets because of me.

Interviewer:
[50] How would you categorize your best writing?

Dragon:
[51]Angst with a happy ending.

Interviewer:
[52] What stupid thing did you do as a teen?

Dragon:
[53] Never wore my spectacles when I went to the pub and never saw potential romantic attachments, I think they called me indifferent at the time.

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

Dragon:
[55] If I'm worried about something or I have personal projects that need to be focused upon and given priority over writing.

Interviewer:
[56] In your opinion, do you fit your astrological sign?

Dragon:
[57] Yes, I'm a Piscean and it usually fits me to a T.

Interviewer:
[58] What to you is the worst feeling in the world?

Dragon:
[59] Watching someone you love die.

Interviewer:
[60] The best feeling in the world?

Dragon:
[61] Being in love.

Interviewer:
[62] Favorite song of the moment?

Dragon:
[63] Oh wish you hadn't asked me that one! I'm an avid music fan. If I'm pushed, Paul Carrick "Where Would I Be" and David Gray "Please Forgive Me".

Interviewer:
[64] What is the first thing you think of in the morning?

Dragon:
[65] Tea, good old fashioned English tea.

'Feng Shui the Warrior Way' by Lao Mao

They never seem to serve English tea in Japan. Xena did not seem annoyed, though...


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

Dragon:
[67] I hate rewrites and corrections always end up adding to the story rather than correcting.

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

Dragon:
[69] Flows.

Interviewer:
[70] Which part of writing do you enjoy most and why? (e.g. Taking the original notes, final rewrites...)

Dragon:
[71] The original notes and completion of the first draft.

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

Dragon:
[73] Generally as I open the file to write, although I do think of things that can work in any given story at any time of the day.

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

Dragon:
[75] Poster of a Sunset and beach, green table lamp, a bonsai tree, dream catcher over the bed and the bed.

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

Dragon:
[77] I have control, although I like to immerse myself in the characters as I'm writing them.

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

Dragon:
[79] To me a muse is the idea of a story and the thoughts or imagination to create them on the screen.

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

Dragon:
[81] No. I never read my stories as a reader because I always want to change them. Therefore, the story doesn't capture me in quite the way a story does written by someone else.

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

Dragon:
[83] I think both male and female are equal to the role, I don't think there is enough equality yet to judge adequately either way. Though women have made tremendous strides in the last thirty years, they are still in a minority in positions of power in the majority of walks of life so it is difficult to evaluate. As a woman though I'd certainly hope so!

Interviewer:
[84] What is your spot where you live now?

Dragon:
[85] The bridge over the river, when I've been out of town it always signifies I'm home or almost.

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

Dragon:
[87] Lord of the Rings. I love the characters and there is the new movie due up soon and it's a good time to familiarize myself with the characters before I see it.

Interviewer:
[88] What would your friends say is your worst trait?

Dragon:
[89] I'm opinionated, although less so these days.

Interviewer:
[90] Do you type with your fingers on the 'right' keys?

Dragon:
[91] No. I'm no typist.

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

Dragon:
[93] Nine years.

Interviewer:
[94] Do you have any particular bedtime rituals that you follow every night?

Dragon:
[95] A beer or a malted hot milk drink.

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

Dragon:
[97] I flush it down the plughole.

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

Dragon:
[99] Some more fish for the small pond I built a few weeks ago.

Interviewer:
[100] Have you ever smoked cigarettes?

Dragon:
[101] Yes, as a dare when I was ten years old. Then in my early twenties for a year when I went out in the evening. Gave it up to save money to buy a car.

Interviewer:
[102] Who is your favorite Greek God?

Dragon:
[103] Don't really have one.

Interviewer:
[104] Why do fools fall in love?

Dragon:
[105] It's far more rewarding than hate.

Interviewer:
[106] Do you keep a diary and if so what do you call it? If so, what effect has it had on your writing?

Dragon:
[107] No, never kept a personal diary, only a business one.

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

Dragon:
[109] It has brought me many friends I wouldn't otherwise have known and I tend to take the whole bard situation with a pinch of salt. After all you are only as good as your last story and people are as fickle in fan fiction as in any other form of entertainment. My goal is to continue to provide something for people to read that they enjoy, and improve on the quality of each story if I'm able.

Interviewer:
[110] What skill would you like to have that you do not have now?

Dragon:
[111] Able to use the English language correctly.

Interviewer:
[112] Who is your real life hero and why?

Dragon:
[113] My brother, who after nine bouts of surgery in a little over a year still manages to have a wonderful sense of humor.

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

Dragon:
[115] A Warrior By Any Other Name, by Melissa Good, it reaches every spectrum a good story should.

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

Dragon:
[117] Hot, there's always the chance someone out there has an air conditioner.

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

Dragon:
[119] Their eyes, the mirror to the soul.

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

Dragon:
[121] Not that I'm aware of but it is possible.

Interviewer:
[122] How is $25 well spent?

Dragon:
[123] CD's and writing paper I still have the old fashioned habit of letter writing.

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

Dragon:
[125] Social suburb with a deep wood retreat.

Interviewer:
[126] What literary character did you most identify with as a child?

Dragon:
[127] Jane Eyre.

Interviewer:
[128] What is the source of your inspiration?

Dragon:
[129] Various really. People I've met or have influenced my life in some way, events that have occurred and music in background.

Interviewer:
[130] Where do your ideas come from?

Dragon:
[131] As in the previous question people, events and music or out of the blue.

Interviewer:
[132] What do you find most satisfying about your job?

Dragon:
[133] I no longer have a defined job as such. Currently how I lead my everyday life gives me satisfaction to do what I want when I want.

Interviewer:
[134] What are the three things you enjoy most about writing?

Dragon:
[135] Relaxation. Meeting new people and touching someone's life in whatever capacity that might be.

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

Dragon:
[137] Book: War and Peace and I love it today, still read it from time to time. TV Show: Doctor Who, but it's a little dated now with the new CGI technology but it's nostalgic. Movie: Star Wars, what can you say I still watch it now.

Before women ruled the world...

What can we say? It is a big book.


Interviewer:
[138] What is your idea of a perfect world?

Dragon:
[139] No violence, hate and discrimination, I'm a lover not a fighter, what more can I say.

Interviewer:
[140] How real is your fiction to you?

Dragon:
[141] I guess because I write in some ways from a personal point of view with some of my own character traits, be they good or bad. To a degree,it has a basis in reality but only a basis.

Interviewer:
[142] What Disney character do you most identify with and why?

Dragon:
[143] Goofy, he's cute. Although I'm a Warner Brothers fan myself.

Interviewer:
[144] Who do you read for inspiration?

Dragon:
[145] I'm a general reader but love the classics therefore, Tolstoy, Jane Austin, Robert L Stevenson, and Mark Twain. Then onto Julian May and John Wyndam with a touch of Melissa Good and B L Millar to even things out.

Interviewer:
[146] What is your favorite website?

Dragon:
[147] I'm going to be real selfish now and say my own because I know the care that went into its creation http://www.jmdragon.net/lair.html.
Otherwise I do go to the Merpup site http://www.merwolf.com/merpups/,
Athenaeum http://xenafiction.net/index.mv,
MaryD's http:www.ausxip.com/index2.html,
Casauber http://members.aol.com/casauber/,
and Shadowfens http://www.shadowfen.com/.

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

Dragon:
[149] A teacher.

Interviewer:
[150] What are the limits in sacrifices for true love?

Dragon:
[151] There aren't any!

Interviewer:
[152] If you could interview your favorite author, what questions would you ask? And, WHY?

Dragon:
[153] Tolstoy. How he created the characters in War and Peace and the depth to each of them, how long it took him, and what did he really think of the era he depicted. Because it's my favorite book of all time to date.

Interviewer:
[154] What makes a great kisser?

Dragon:
[155] Passion.

Interviewer:
[156] What have you learned from your animals?

Dragon:
[157] That they love you unconditionally.

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

Dragon:
[159] I think we have left our societies open to be preyed upon by violent fractions, because we have tried to be understanding and allow our children to see violence depicted as a good thing in some of the media. There is no glory in violence not even if at the end of the day it brings about a good thing.

Interviewer:
[160] What is your motto?

Dragon:
[161] Never lose faith in yourself or your beliefs for they are far to precious a commodity to be without.

Interviewer:
[162] What do you think we take too seriously as writers?

Dragon:
[163] Ourselves usually.

Interviewer:
[164] What is your make on subtext?

Dragon:
[165] I love it!

Interviewer:
[166] What questions should I have asked?

Dragon:
[167] You did okay.

Julie's Stories

Julie's e-mail address: jmdragon1@hotmail.com
Julie's web site: http://www.jmdragon.net/lair.html

Stories:

Define Destiny Series: http://www.jmdragon.net/archives.html
Tragedy, hatred, jealousy had all reared their ugly head, but had been over powered by the greater emotions of caring, compassion, happiness and love.

Define Destiny:
When beautiful Film Production Co. Publicist's, Jace agrees to a New Zealand assignment, she never dreamed she would fall in love with the recluse Catherine Warriorson. Struggles, jealousies, intrigues follow, but love wins out in the end.

Haunting Shadows:
This sequel is a riveting story of murder, kidnapping, jealousy, sadness, haunting shadows of the past and ends with a deep intense fulfilling love of Catherine and Jace triumphing over all the misfortunes.

In Pursuit of Dreams:
The third story in the Destiny saga again features the characters Catherine and Jace. You will find, Weddings, Christmas, Valentine's, and a honeymoon all involving our regular characters. Simply a love story.

Actions and Consequences:
Fourth story in the Destiny Saga: Old and new enemies plot the downfall of the bearers of the name Xianthos and their families. Despair, hope, compassion, forgiveness, love and tragedy are powerful mixes that tests the cornerstones of Catherine and Jace's commitment to each other and those they love.

All Our Tomorrows:
Fifth story in the Destiny saga: Will all the events that transpired in 'Actions and Consequences' be overturned and provide the bridge back to happiness for the troubled, but loving lives of Catherine, Jace and their growing family?

Other J.M.D. Stories can be found at:
http://www.jmdragon.net/archives.html

Clock Tower:
A woman's fifteen year vigil, a two hundred and fifty year Clock Tower, what could possibly be the connection? A short story of the enchantment of love through generations, with the hope that two lonely souls can be drawn together who appear to be missing the chance to love.

The Black Knight and The Lady:
A time for chivalrous knights and gracious ladies! Shrouded in mystery, battles to be won,and the hand of a lady to claim, it is a short romantic interlude into the realm of King Arthur, where nothing is ever what it appears to be.

Improbable Protector:
If someone had told roaming singer Jojo Lackerley that she would end up protecting the honor of motel owner Fleur Danvers in an off beat small town, she would have laughed cynically in their faces. The improbable happened! A strong friendship grew quickly, which left both women wondering what life would hold without the other in it, should they go separate ways!

A Light at the End of the Tunnel:
A formal business relationship changes by accident to a tentative friendship, as an unexpected family reunion brings two women closer together. When a snow storms traps Gayle Sutton and her boss Xandra Carmicheal-Stavros in the office together one night, how would that friendship blossom?

Eloise:
A very short story to tug at the heart strings, where a child's fatal illness provides hope for the future. 'As one door closes, another one opens.'

Poetry can be found at: http://www.jmdragon.net/poetry.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, 61-66,68-71



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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