Whoosh! Issue 73 - October/November 2002

INSIDE THE HEAD OF DAMNATION
By Amy Murphy
Content © 2002 held by author
WHOOSH! Edition © (c) 2002 held by WHOOSH
2897 words


Introduction (01)
Damnation's Head (02-200)
Damnation's Stories
Acknowledgments
Articles
Biography



INSIDE THE HEAD OF DAMNATION







Introduction

[01] What can I say about this young bard? How about a very interesting and a very good read!



And if you say it backwards, it says 'Ares is Good.'

Gabrielle found this a very interesting and a very good read






Damnation's Head


Interviewer:
[02] Why did you start writing?

Damnation:
[03] Because I found out that I could, and that people actually enjoyed reading what I wrote.

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

Damnation:
[05] Most definitely. I love writing. Words are my life.

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

Damnation:
[07] Going to University, meeting up with friends for coffee, and bumming the rest of the evening away.

Interviewer:
[08] How do you handle stress?

Damnation:
[09] I smoke. Bad habit I know but ...

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

Damnation:
[11] As a writing legend? LOL. I dunno, really.

Interviewer:
[12] What is your pet peeve?

Damnation:
[13] Can I say nothing? *grin*

Interviewer:
[14] Who is Damnation?

Damnation:
[15] Damnation is just a girl, who feels too much and loves to write.

Interviewer:
[16] Do fans expect to much from stars?

Damnation:
[17] Sometimes. It's a case-to-case basis

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

Damnation:
[19] I can't say that there shouldn't be any. I'm just glad that the society is starting to compromise more in this aspect, but it's dumb to censor a woman telling another she loves her, really.

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

Damnation:
[21] Cancer. Because, I may be wrong but, AIDS can be helped if you're careful but cancer just hits so ... I dunno, my reason is pretty warped.

Interviewer:
[22] Do you believe in capital punishment? Why?

Damnation:
[23] No. Lifelong imprisonment without parole is a worse punishment. As Buffy said, the hardest thing to do in this life is to live.



The Cliffs of Insanity!

No one escapes from Shark Island


Interviewer:
[24] What is the most sensitive part on your body?

Damnation:
[25] I'm sensitive as a whole. I swear, I can tickle myself. LOL.

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

Damnation:
[27] Writing, teaching, trying to live my life the best way I can.

Interviewer:
[28] How do you handle depression?

Damnation:
[29] I ride it out.

Interviewer:
[30] What was the hardest thing you ever did?

Damnation:
[31] Leaving my last partner.

Interviewer:
[32] What was the easiest?

Damnation:
[33] Breathing? LOL ...

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

Damnation:
[35] Advice? I don't think I'm in a position to give any but, well, don't always write to please, write from your heart. There's bound to be someone who understands.

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

Damnation:
[37] Sadly I'm not.

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

Damnation:
[39] The source of my inspiration and fantasies? *LOL*

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

Damnation:
[41] I haven't actually watched it yet but I'm sure I'd feel horrid.

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

Damnation:
[43] To be an established writer. To be happy, I guess.

Interviewer:
[43] Who do you trust?

Damnation:
[44] Quite a number of people that no one reading this would know.



I love the smell of singed eyebrows in the morning.

In Eli we trust


Interviewer:
[45] If you are a parent, what is the greatest wish you have for your child?

Damnation:
[46] I'm not.

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

Damnation:
[48] Feelings.

Interviewer:
[49] Do you believe in prayer? Explain.

Damnation:
[50] Yes. It's a necessity. Humans need a higher power to fall back on.

Interviewer:
[51] How do you feel about subtext?

Damnation:
[52] Great! LOL ...

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

Damnation:
[54] The way she's seen every aspect of me and still loves me for me.

Interviewer:
[55] Could you or have you ever experienced, you or someone else reading one of your stories aloud in the public? What did/would you feel?

Damnation:
[56] Embarrassed, self conscious, happy that it's good enough to be read in the public.

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

Damnation:
[58] Normally I'm the one who does romantic things.

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

Damnation:
[60] No idea.

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

Damnation:
[62] Thinking about my partner.

Interviewer:
[63] What made you angry?

Damnation:
[64] Nothing I can think of right now.

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

Damnation:
[66] Make homosexuality legal and educate the people about it.

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

Damnation:
[68] Nope, thank God.



Obviously NOT compensating for something.

Joxer -- stalker or mascot?


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

Damnation:
[70] Hmm, categorize it? PG-13.

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

Damnation:
[72] Smoked at home.

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

Damnation:
[74] Falling in love.

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

Damnation:
[76] Most definitely.

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

Damnation:
[78] Not knowing how the one you love felt.

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

Damnation:
[80] Loved by the one you love in return.

Interviewer:
[81] Favorite song of the moment?

Damnation:
[82] Irresistible, Jessica Simpson

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

Damnation:
[84] "D-mn I have to go to Uni"

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

Damnation:
[86] Yeah, the ending.

Interviewer:
[87] What have you tried to change that, successful or not?

Damnation:
[88] Just went with what I felt, I guess. Wouldn't call it a success or anything ...

Interviewer:
[89] What does gossip mean to you?

Damnation:
[90] People talking about others.

Interviewer:
[91] Are people easily swayed by “hearsay”?

Damnation:
[92] Wouldn't say easily but most people are definitely affected by it.



Listen, BUCKO! My dead lovers are NONE of your business!

Gabrielle had to deal with hearsay during her first trial


Interviewer:
[93] What are your feelings about people who use others for personal gain?

Damnation:
[94] They're survivors.

Interviewer:
[95] What is a hypocrite?

Damnation:
[96] Everyone is, at one time or the other.

Interviewer:
[97] What kind of doughnut do you eat?

Damnation:
[98] Cinnamon.

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

Damnation:
[100] The former.

Interviewer:
[101] Which part of writing do you enjoy most and why?

Damnation:
[102] I don't take notes so I just write it at one go.

Interviewer:
[103] How often do you think about a piece when you're working on it and when do you think about it?

Damnation:
[104] When I'm into it, I think about it all the time, almost as if I live in it.

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

Damnation:
[106] My computer, my desk, my bed, my Xena poster and my postcard covered wall.

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

Damnation:
[108] The latter.

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

Damnation:
[110] I don't.

Interviewer:
[111] Tell the truth--are you your favorite writer, or in your own top five?

Damnation:
[112] Definitely

Interviewer:
[113] Why or why not?

Damnation:
[114] I think I write well. Not all the stories though, only the recent ones.

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

Damnation:
[116] It won't be completely the same. It'd have a different set of problems but overall it'd be the same.

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

Damnation:
[118] My bed?

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

Damnation:
[120] Robbery Under Arms. It's not, (holding my attention) but I have to read it for my course.



Alternate title: Smuggling in Boots.

Not surprising, the movie was not that interesting either


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

Damnation:
[122] Over sensitivity.

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

Damnation:
[124] Yeah.

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

Damnation:
[126] Three months.

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

Damnation:
[128] Brushing my teeth (if it counts)

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

Damnation:
[130] Neither. I'd drown it.

Interviewer:
[131] What was the last thing you bought that you really didn't need?

Damnation:
[132] A bottle of apple juice.

Interviewer:
[133] Have you ever smoked cigarettes

Damnation:
[134] Yup.

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

Damnation:
[136] Hades

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

Damnation:
[138] I don't think the people who fall in love are fools so I can't answer this question, can I?

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

Damnation:
[140] No, I don't.

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

Damnation:
[142] It's given me confidence. Makes me believe that I can be a published writer.

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

Damnation:
[144] Transporting myself to places just by willing it.

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

Damnation:
[146] My partner. Just because.

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

Damnation:
[148] Speed: The Beat of My Heart. It didn't touch me. It's just great writing and story line.

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

Damnation:
[150] Sweltering hot.

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

Damnation:
[152] Overall appearance.



Secretly raises bunnies.

The Destroyer never got over that first appearance hurdle


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

Damnation:
[154] I think so. Must have.

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

Damnation:
[156] Good food.

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

Damnation:
[158] It depends on my mood, really. Right now I'd say the former.

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

Damnation:
[160] A girl called George, short for Georgina, in Enid Blyton's Famous Five.

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

Damnation:
[162] My feelings

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

Damnation:
[164] Nowhere, everywhere. Can't pinpoint them.

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

Damnation:
[166] Getting good grades.

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

Damnation:
[168] Ability to express myself, ability to let someone else experience me ... that's about it.

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

Damnation:
[170] David Edding's, Tamuli Series, Beverly hills 90210, don't remember any particular movies. I still like David Eddings, I think BH 90210 is turning into a soapie.

Interviewer:
[171] What's your idea of a perfect world?

Damnation:
[172] It can't exist.

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

Damnation:
[174] I don't even consider it fiction. That's how real it is.

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

Damnation:
[176] Hmm, Wile E. Coyote? LOL, always chasing the one thing I can't get.



If he had 5 fingers, he might have been successful.

We hardly knew ye, Wile E.


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

Damnation:
[178] No one in particular.

Interviewer:
[179] What's your favorite website?

Damnation:
[180] Ultimate Xena Fanfic. http://www.xenafanfiction.com/whatsnew.htm

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

Damnation:
[182] A lawyer.

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

Damnation:
[184] I would like to say none but people are selfish.

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

Damnation:
[186] I won't ask anything, really. Maybe when the next update would be?

Interviewer:
[187] And, WHY?

Damnation:
[188] Cos' he/she's my fav. author and I can't wait for more of his/her work.

Interviewer:
[189] What makes a great kisser?

Damnation:
[190] Me! LOL, I don't know.

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

Damnation:
[192] That you can forgive someone/thing for anything if you love them unconditionally.



What can I say? They feed me well and I get to watch the blonde walk.

Argo was a font of forgiveness


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

Damnation:
[194] Yes and no.

Interviewer:
[195] What is your motto?

Damnation:
[196] Don't have one.

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

Damnation:
[198] A happy ending.

Interviewer:
[199] What questions should I have asked? Then answer them.

Damnation:
[200] I think the above was enough.



Damnation's Stories

Damnation's e-mail address: shag_chic@hotmail.com

The Search Trilogy
This three story arc paints the meeting, struggles and heartaches of Taylor and Kiara. From a stalking ex-partner to a plane crash that rendered Taylor amnesiac, the couple goes against all odds to try and remain together; the question is: will they make it?

The Past Series
This story tells of a love that transcends time. But just as love can be reincarnated, so can evil. Can Rowanna and Janelle remember their past in time to survive the attack?

A Place Called Home
A chance meeting on a coach developed an unlikely friendship between a recently orphaned girl and a college lecturer.

Passions of the Soul
Ashley, a cool, seemingly unemotional woman has never known -- and never wanted to know -- the meaning of 'passion'. Camryn, a warm and open bartender has never met anyone as infuriating as Ashley. Kim, Camryn's streetwise, sharp witted twin finds herself drawn inexorably to Ashley. Which two souls will join to result in a combustion?

Penance
Christie is at her wits' end; her son is kidnapped and the police are doing nothing about it. Will Nick, a bounty hunter, help her get her and her child into safety? Or is her appearance just going to bring about the deaths of Nick and her long thought dead partner, Kate?



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, 61-66,68-73







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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