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My first interview. With Azie!

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avatar Hollask
Level 29 : Expert Princess

So, recently I got together with Azie to sit down and have a chat. At first I was somewhat nervous that the moderator wouldn't be too keen on the whole thing, but she was really nice and I had a great time!

Of course the first question I asked had to be about her amazing art blog! All the art in it was done using paint.NET, which Azie recommends as a great platform for beginners, saying 

"I'd definitely like a more all-inclusive tool, but it's something I'd totally reccommend to anyone starting out or just looking for an introduction to digital art."

She herself has been doing art for around 15 years, spending the time working hard and with extreme dedication in order to reach the standard she is at now. Azie really got into using paint.NET recently when deciding to experiment using fewer hard black lines and looking at her art I think we can all agree that it was worth testing. After the interviewee told me that she had not been born with her talent, but had had to strive towards it we both agreed hard work and dedication are greater tools than talent that you're born with. 

"Having talent to begin with certainly helps, but without hard work and dedication, a talented artist doesn't grow"

Now, Azie also has a blog about interviews, which is actually what inspired me to interview her. Based on what she typed in her blog I was fairly certain she was not a fan of the typical interview blog on planet minecraft and I was correct. When recieving interview requests these days her typical response is to ask what kind of questions she'll be asked. If she deems them worthwhile the interview can go ahead, however she specifically told me in no uncertain terms that

"I've become determined not to contribute to the haphazard interviews being uploaded to the Blogs section."

These hapazard interviews consist of very few questions and the messages then simply being copied and pasted into a blog with no input added by the one uploading the blog itself.

As an avid writer (starting about 8 years ago) Azie has been working on a novel for several years, having completed it twice, to then rewrite it again. To her the characters in her book are more than just that. They are friends, people she cares about and she could tell you their reactions to any situation. She can describe how they would feel about various events, as though her fantasies have become a part of her.
I got an exclusive preview of the plot here too.  I will post a quote here as I know only what she told me, so I'll put it how she said it.
"This definitely isn't a Twilight-esque story or anything like that, but one of my characters is a vampire. Not the sparkly kind, but definitely a more classic version that toasts in sunlight, can't cross a stranger's thresh-hold without being invited in, etc. William is the only one of my characters that has remained relatively the same since the begining of my time writing this book. He's been around to see the beginning of the book's world, more or less, and is very well-read, but has been brainwashed over many generations to hold the beliefs of an evil empire that has conquered most of the world. The Empire spent a ton of resources creating William and the Emperor himself stooped to selling parts of his soul to create near-immortal warriors like William to further his own cause. Despite how he was groomed, he was once a human being and that part of him begins to fight to the forefront of his psyche once the ideas of those the Empire hasn't conquered cause him to question his own deeply-seated beliefs regarding his own life and the lives of his masters"

At this point we took a short break, as I had other matters to attend to, and as a farewell I asked Azie one thing. What was a problem that she thought needed fixing? She would however not answer this until the very end.

So, after a couple of hours I was back and ready to continue questioning poor Azie. I thought I should ask her about her position on the site. Surely being a Site Mod must be stressful? Difficult. Surely she gets hate mail and that's always upsetting. Indeed she does, yet does she let it ruin things for her? Of course not! This bundle of sunshine (well, sunflowers technically) will not be stopped by some silly comments! She doesn't regret being a moderator for even just a second and is really greatful of the friends she has made on the staff team.

At this point I decided the focus had been on planet minecraft far too much. Time for a change of pace! So I asked the only possible question. If she could have any pet, absolutely any creature what would she choose?  A unicorn? (There, I fixed my typo, happy now?) Nope. A sunflower? Nope! Infact Azie would go for a green conure, stating that: 

 "I probably wouldn't get anything too high-maintanence or loud. Green conures are absolutely adorable though, so I think I'd be willing to endure their squaking, assuming the particular bird I bought was a quieter one."

A wonderful choice indeed, but where would they live? These questions needed to be asked, so I did just that. Turns out they'd stay in the U.S, though Azie would quite like to visit Europe someday, specifically mentioning Ireland as a potential travel destination. In the end though, the United States are Azies home and she would simply miss them too much to ever leave.

So now we return to the question I asked earlier. now that I'd given the moderator enough time to ponder her answer it was time to learn her deciscion. Incase you have forgotten we asked her to tell us one problem she felt needed fixing. This could be anything, from a problem for the whole world or something that purely effects her. Would you like to hear her answer? Here it is:

"I thought about it and as much as I'd like to see a bigger picture, I think it's an excellent question to inspire some self-reflection. I've just reached adult-hood and I've been having a big problem finding the motivation to push myself to do the things I need to
What sort of things? Well, the things we all need to do someday. Go to College, get a job, mundane things like that. These finding the inspiration to get around to doing these things can be difficult at the best of times and Azie finds the thought somewhat  orverwhelming.  However, as she herself said in order to get on with her life she needs to get these things done. Good luck to you Azie!

I would like to thank Azie very much for aking the time out of her day to talk to me and also for inspiring me to start doing interviews! 
Is there someone you would like me to try and interview? Let me know and  I'll see what I can do!

04/25/2015 10:17 am
Level 35 : Artisan Ladybug
Really nice! One of the few I enjoyed reading here on PMC.
04/15/2015 1:36 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
Congratulations on setting a "new high standard" were other interviewers have to strive for.

*insert TT middle part*
this sums it up.
04/15/2015 8:49 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Architect
One word. Fantastic! This is pretty much accurate to the dot on what I'd like to see in the interview portion of the blog section.
04/15/2015 11:53 am
Level 29 : Expert Princess
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it and hopefully I'll be doing more fairly soon.
04/14/2015 5:33 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Grump
I'm so incredibly proud that my blog inspired someone to write an interview of this calibur. :) As IAmLikeSoCalledTT said, I hope that your example inspires others in the blog section to change they way they conduct and present interviews. :)
04/15/2015 11:54 am
Level 29 : Expert Princess
It was an absolute pleasure talking to you and I'm really glad you're happy with the final product!
04/14/2015 5:01 pm
Level 76 : Legendary Robot
Unicrons are difficult pets to own. Planet sized robots are very costly.
04/15/2015 11:54 am
Level 29 : Expert Princess
Sssssh, I can type.
04/14/2015 3:10 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Dolphin
This was an incredible interview, so much better and more inspiring than the general ones you find in the blogging section on a day to day basis!

The questions were fun, yet informative and I absolutely love the way you have typed this out, with you almost narrating the interview, but with the occasional direct quote from Azie slipped in. The way you ask her questions showing your thought process of why you are asking that particular thing, and your response after each answer shows you really connected with Azie and divulged yourself in all the information she responded with. This really inspired me to read more, and it was so nice to see the interviewer's reaction to the responses for once! Most of the mundane interviews fail to deliver in that respect.

I must end on both congratulating you and Azie for creating such a wonderful and different piece of work, and thank you for doing so! Hopefully this will motivate more bloggers to strive for this level of interview. I have subscribed to you, and sincerely hope that you make more interviews, and other blogs of this quality!
04/15/2015 11:57 am
Level 29 : Expert Princess
I'm really glad that you liked it, my goal with this was to differ from the interviews you see all throug hthe blog section that are just copy pastes of the converasation and consist of very few questions one of them always seeming to relate to five nights at Freddy's. 

I hope to interview more people soon, the question being who to ask questions and who will actually be willing. Either way I hope to get something out by next week, so hang in for that.
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