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Saturday Spotlight for February 18th, 2012

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1. Tell us a bit about your writing. 

It starts with reading - I've always been reading! My first memory of reading is when I started pulling my bedtime storybook away from my mum so I could read it by myself (because I read faster than she spoke). And on the various ships I spent my time on, there wasn't much to do but read. So I don't think anyone was surprised I started writing; if they were, it was probably only because I started so randomly and so late. I began in October '09 (not even two years ago) and I can't seem to stop.

I'm an amateur poet, because poetry comes more natural to me than prose. And I do waffle about my poetry process. I waffle like nobody's business. The gist of it is, though: there's a keyboard, there's a Word document, there's a functioning brain and set of hands, and (usually), there's a deadline. I'm easily inspired, (but also easily frustrated), usually by visual art or real life - I love writing about normal things that I love, because the challenge is to tell why they aren't mundane to me - but the downside of that is that they usually come across as exotic, because I've had a strange life.

Most people here who know me know that I write about mythology and the sea quite a lot – it’s because I enjoy writing about myself and using everything I've lived through for my writing. Sometimes I exaggerate and embellish, sometimes I don't, but I find it fun. I also love fixed and free verse equally and I adore trying out different methods for what is essentially the same idea.

I suppose in some ways you could call me an experimental poet, though I'm not sure a proper definition exists for that!

2. How do you feel about dA as a literature community?

I love it to pieces. I don't even know how to ramble on this any more, because there's not much for me to say. I mean, the Lit Community here is the only place I can talk about, well, literature, and it always has been, and I’m beyond grateful for that. "It" is a bit of a relative thing, I hardly know many people, and it's more of a who-you-interact-with thing, but - still.

I'm not really in a position to say anything definite about the Lit Community, because it's the only community I've known on dA since I got on here (which hasn't been that long). I haven't found a single thing to complain about, or anything that seriously needs changing, but I'm not the brightest crayon in the box, so don't quote me on that. I'm continually amazed by the Lit Community and the things they do. I also dig being able to go into 'chat' and talk in full sentences and all. No one I know in real life my age or thereabouts does that - it's all "lol" starting and ending every sentence. (I don't get that. I don't get why people do that. Are you using "lol" as your security blanket? Are you using it in the "lots of love" sense as a not-so-subtle hint? What are you trying to tell me?)

I may have said this before, but I do harbour a mad passion for my piece of the pizza that is the lit community here. It's been my crutch and my carrot on a stick at the same time, as well as everything else.

3. You say you write more poetry - free verse or fixed verse? Is one easier than the other for you?

Writing fixed verse is like a playground, where someone points me to the jungle bars, and tells me I can climb anywhere as long as I don't break anything. I'm not good at climbing, but fixed verse is my comfort zone. I plan a lot for fixed verse, and I usually love telling stories in fixed verse (especially mythology). In my mind, fixed verse is perfect for storytelling because of the musical qualities. Take villanelles, for example, they’re perfect for stories such as Echo and Narcissus, see? I'm a huge advocate of fixed verse, though more of my poems are in free verse.

Free verse is harder to 'explain' because everyone does it, and there're so many ways to it. I don't plan ahead much, or tell a story, and suchlike, as much in free verse as in fixed verse. There are some similarities, such as when I play around with rhyme, or alliteration, but free verse is usually more spontaneous and more obviously personal. It’s harder in a way, because you don’t have the ‘crutches’ of fixed verse, but it’s wonderful to experiment with.

That's the challenge of free verse - anyone'd tell you writing poetry is hard, but the thing about free verse is that the freedom's the trouble. In a way, it's harder than fixed verse, because in fixed verse, you're given a sort of template and you get to play around with it: that's the fun of it, and there's a sort of freedom in that, but for free verse, the freedom is that there aren’t any rules – and you’ve to be careful of that, because you’ve to make your own rules, which is something much harder, in my opinion. More things can go wrong in free verse, and I find myself usually being harder on my free verse pieces.

4. What would you consider to be your highest literary accomplishment?

I did get published for the first time somewhere about October, in a very-new journal called Oroborus, and I was pleased as punch about that. But I'm proud of that in the sense beyond normal pleasure, because the publisher approached me, and not the other way around, like it should be. So I can't really consider that an "accomplishment", mainly because I didn't do anything.

I think that apart from one or two poems, the most important literary accomplishment of mine is being part of the #theWrittenRevolution team and the #Expose-Lit team. (I pimp those two every chance I can get, don't look so surprised.) tWR is great for learning how to interact - we're a pretty social group, and to someone who's spent half of her life in various ships (I kid you not), social awkwardness is something I've faced. Even more so as an Indian poet who writes in English, studies in an international school, and lives in China. And I think it's pretty neat. #Expose-Lit is a lot the same, we're looking to help out new writers to deviantART, to help out with common frustrations and things like that - especially that 'elitist' idea floating around lately, we're trying to dig into that and figure out what's what. So, yes, I'm pretty proud of those.

And I just think it's cool, you know, that people think I can do those things and help out, and want me to, 'cos this time in 2011, I wouldn't have thunk it.

5. Have there been any authors you feel have been an influence on your work?

Yeats and Cummings are probably my two strongest poetic influences. I remember buying a book of selected poems of Yeats and picking it up at odd times to come across poems such as the one in my signature. Yeats inspired me to consider rhyme - I don't consider Yeats' poems to sound archaic, and that's something I barely manage to do, and he's one of the best poets for that, I think, among other things. I also remember reading anyone lived in a pretty how town for the very first time. Cummings was the only poet – then – who could write the modern romantic poems I was looking for, but now I find inspiration in almost every one of his poems, even the punctuation.

There’ve been other poets, and some of them are here on dA, but I’d take up pages and pages if I mentioned all of them. But notable ones include Billy Collins, Ogden Nash, F. G. Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, T. S. Eliot, W. C. Williams, Li Po (or Li Bai) - I don't know what I've got against most female poets, I really don't, and it's definitely not intentional, I swear. Sappho is one of my favourite female poets, and the only one I can think of who has 'influenced' me - I know I enjoy some poems by Plath, Dickinson, etc, but I don't consider them to be an influence on my work.

Lots of prose writers have influenced me indirectly as well – CS Lewis is the only one I can think of who figures into things prominently, with everything from his science fiction trilogy, of which Perelandra (also known as Voyage to Venus) was my favourite, to his retelling of the Eros and Psyche myth, Till We Have Faces, which "got me" into retelling myths (I didn't even know that was a thing before I read his book). Other prose writers would include Oscar Wilde, Alberto Manguel, Terry Pratchett, D. W. Jones, and Edith Hamilton, among others. Lynne Truss, too, influenced me, and my punctuation, what with her quoting chunks of semi-colon littered Virginia Woolfe passages at me every chance she got.


"Coppersmith" by :devigilo:

"DFC 16: A Ghazal for Morning" by Vigilo

"The Old God, Savitr" by Vigilo

"The Dream Song of Anonymous" by Vigilo

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Prepared by:  SilverInkblot

Here at DLD, the need for special feature of artists who have received a DLD occurred to many members of the team over time. NOW we get to work and finally do just that!
Special thanks to the team members that have fought for this. Included you will find an interview with yet another wonderful deviant in the literature community.
Please take the time to read it and then go show some love!
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Solarune Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
YAY =Vigilo. :dummy: I was so happy to see this! Wonderful wonderful interview with an amazing person. :heart:
And V – I am quite amazed to hear that you've only been writing for a couple of years, you write like you've been doing it forever! Did you really only start in '09? :O
and My first memory of reading is when I started pulling my bedtime storybook away from my mum so I could read it by myself – XD that's awesome. I had a slightly similar experience reading the Harry Potter books – I started out having them read to me, and then I couldn't wait for a new chapter every evening and started reading myself! :P
You are epical and :heart:ed forever, and tWR wouldn't be the same without you, let me say. :tighthug:
Parsat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
Vigilo! Definitely a good one.
Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Why is =Vigilo pretty much one of the best people ever? Have our surveillance teams figured out her secret to greatness yet because if they aren't able to report the answer back to us as in the very near future than i'm really going to be in some trouble for all the resources i sunk into this project.
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Yay =Vigilo! :iconcheerplz:

Your stuff does remind me a lot of Yeats, which is probably one of the reasons I like it so much. Yeats was a genius.

I think that you and a lot of the other #Expose-Lit people don't really get the "elitist" problem, because you're all such good writers!

I liked your recollection of grabbing the book from your mother so you could read it, faster, yourself. Kind of the opposite of what happened with me. I tried to pretend I couldn't read by myself, so my parents would continue to read to me, but I got caught. ^^;

Are you using "lol" as your security blanket?

Why yes, yes I am. But at least on dA I can just use the plethora of available emotes instead. :)
Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you so much! That's just .. wow! Thank you. :blush: :heart:!!

That's why we've made a team to get people who do get the "elitist" problem to talk to us and help us solve it! (I admit you're right, I'm pretty clueless about the whole thing myself. :P) :eager:

Haha, that's so cute! Awww, I'm sorry you got caught! That's adorable, though. I'm pretty impatient, though - I think for stories, I prefer reading myself, but I'd love anyone reading poetry to me.

I like emotes. I don't even mind "LOL", I use it sometimes, I just don't like when it peppers every other word in the sentence (e.g. "lol I went to lol the bathroom today lol"), that just bugs me. :paranoid: I love using emotes, though, and not just as blankets! :happybounce:
thedarkerhalf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Congrats :)
All good stuff. I can't wait to
SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   Writer
Whoohoo! :boogie:
Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you so much for letting me spout nonsense at y'all. :love: :heart:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your nonsense was very sensical! I enjoyed the interview very much. :heart: How is it that you came to live on ships?
Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Writer
:love: Glad to hear it! :heart: My father is a marine engineer, and he worked on ships, and my mother and I used to travel with him on different ships. (Not cruise ships, though we saw the cruise ship, Queen Mary once - maybe near Egypt. But our ships were container ships, y'know, the ones with all the huge colourful boxes.) We used to spend half the year on sea, half the year in various places in India, until I was ten, after which we moved to Shanghai. :nod:
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds like an interesting way to grow up! You were homeschooled, I take it? Or perhaps had a tutor? Were there other families living on the ship? (Forgive me if I am being rude; I am always curious about alternative ways of growing up. :D)
Vigilo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Writer
Sort of. :XD: For the six months I was on the ships, yes, homeschooling, but for about two or three of the months I wasn't, I went to Indian schools - about four different ones of those - and then after nine, in Shanghai, I only changed school three times until I settled properly. (Oh, don't worry about it! I have friends who expect me to start talking like a pirate any moment. :XD: And it's sort of nice, talking about it!) 'fraid not - I was the only child most of the time among lots of grown ups. There were husband-and-wife couples, but once they had children, they used to stop sailing and settle down, unlike us! :nod:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Yay Vigilo! :D
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