TWD Magazine 3rd Collection Interview: Trista Hurley-Waxali — Fiction Contributor

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As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.

About Creativity

Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?

It means the opportunity to get involved in spreading a message or bringing awareness for change. Whether it is an individual or community, something to get the conversation started in a space that is comfortable for all.

How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?

It would be nice to say when I was a child I wrote in a diary which contained epic stories and poems but that is just not true. I dropped out of law school and gave myself some space to think of what I truly wanted in life. Writing and life became my muse.

What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?

When I shared the stage in Helsinki for a Translate show put on by their poetry organizers. The host spoke both English and Finnish and translated 3 of my pieces that we co-read together. It was very early in my career and I had so much interest by just watching the audience listen to two languages of my words.

People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?

Ha! A creative routine is exactly what I aim to maintain at home. Each morning I have my coffee and write about what thrilled me the night before, I start with a place and a moment and the rest builds itself. Sometimes it goes nowhere and I make a note of why and sometimes it brings me to why I went out in the first place.

Time, Tips, & Future Goals

How do you make time to do what you love to do?

I build healthy boundaries around things I don’t love to do, like running errands. I don’t overwhelm myself with doing everything when they need to be done and maybe run all my errands when the mood suits me best. I try to make things I don’t love to do a time for my mind to rest and then I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either.

What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?

Keep your head up. Rejection is hard and it gets harder with age, so when you’re starting at a young or old age, you think rejection is behind you, try again, writing is all about how you manage with rejection. So take rejection and failure in stride and write a list of healthy activities you should do when you feel bogged down, such as, visit a gallery, get a dessert at a cafe without any electronics, bring a book that has nothing to do with what you’re focused on and maybe splurge on some shopping.

What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?

I asked myself this 5 years ago, and the answer is the same. Publishing and reaching out to the literary community for tips and advice on how to make the next 5 years easier. There are no simple formulas and there will be bumps along the way but if you ask yourself where you want to be at the end of the month, say, published in a journal, then aim for that. Keep focused and a year or two or five will go by before you know it.

— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—

About Trista

Trista Hurley-Waxali just finished a stint living in LA for 6 years and is looking forward to her next adventure. She has performed at Avenue 50, Stories Bookstore and internationally at O’bheal in Ireland and for Helsinki Poetry Connection. She writes weird short stories and is working on her novel, At This Juncture.

You Can Find Trista Here

Twitter: @Tristaisshort
Website: tristaisshort.wordpress.com

Read Trista’s Fiction In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection

“Stay Right” — p. 132

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