Interview with A Nonny Moose

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1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am A Nonny Moose, though most people call me Adrienne. I spend my days studying, working and creating.


2. What's the origin of your artist name?

It began with a birthday card and a silly drawing of a moose in a mask. I was sending a good friend a rather sarcastic birthday card that was supposed to be anonymous; I didn’t want to use U. N. Owen because Agatha Christie got there first. I was playing around with the word and the sound and came up with A Naughty Moose. I didn’t really like the connotations that went along with “naughty” and figured if Shakespeare can use “nonny” I can too, all it means is silly, or foolish.

Plus, it is homage to my desire, though socialization and bad experiences, to remain invisible.


3. What has been your biggest challenge with your art so far?

Myself, I fear rejection so I keep everything to myself instead of showing and sharing it. And I find it hard to REmix something someone else has done for fear that mine will be no good.

Also, I like far too many things to be able to sufficiently devote my time to developing one particular skill. I’m taking classes in French, re-learning to watercolor, experimenting with Corel and Photoshop, writing more than my fingers can take, guitar and piano. If I could, I would learn everything there is to learn in the world, unfortunately I am confined to only a few decades.


4. Who or what is your biggest influence?

It may seem odd, but my greatest influence is Doctor Who, the old TV shows. I grew up watching them and he inspired me to keep exploring, to keep discovering, and not to give up on those around me. Also I learned how to get out of a sticky situation using only a ball of twine, a banana, and a kettle. I also have a Tom Baker scarf.


5. What is your wildest story?

Most recently, I went to Indiana with a group of fellow college students from my church and we spent the better portion of the weekend in intense snowball warfare. I proved that, though I am tiny, and look innocent, four brothers can turn any girl into a deadly weapon and a crack-shot.


6. What is the last book you read?

Elizabeth and Leicester by Sarah Gristwood, The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling, Hamlet, and the Hobbit. I have a loooooooooong reading list, simply because I come home with 5 books every time I go shopping.


7. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

There are so many characters in fiction that I love from the thousands of books I have read. I would, however, have to choose the Doctor from question 4. He’s an alien, he’s 900+ years and through him I could see all the things I want to see, read every book ever written, do everything possible, travel the stars, and experience history instead of just studying it. Through I may pick his daughter as I really wouldn’t want to be a guy.


8. What couldn’t you live without?


No there are so many things that are essential for my continued existence that I shall spare you the tedious task of having to navigate them. Suffice to say that I love book, art, music, adventure and they are central to my happiness.


9. What is your secret talent?

When I was a kid I thought it was cool that my mom could down a huge glass of water in one breath, I wanted to be just like her, so I practiced and practiced, and now I can. It’s a talent I desperately wish to unlearn.

My real secret talent I memorization. I have a photographic memory which is really unfair to most people. I can read or write something and remember it for years. It’s helped me win tons of prizes for things like verse memorization at church. I was the only one to recite two books, books not chapters, of the bible perfectly. I won 200 dollars.


10. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

The second I tried to think about it I forgot.


11. What are you craving right now?

Tea, and opera, though I get the opera this afternoon.


12. What was the last song you fell in love with?

The Music Box by Jonathan Standiferd. It’s simple and cute and I’ve learned to play it on the piano in my infinite slowness.


13. Can you hula hoop?

Yes, I am the Queen of hula hoops…and Mario Kart.


14. What do you like?

Life! Books, writing, singing at the top of my lungs, painting, sketching, drawing, shopping for books, exploring downtown Chicago, exploring anything, taking long walks, swimming, music (my brother’s a musician), opera, plays, musicals, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Keats, Wordsworth, Poe, Dickens, Austen…sorry, I like books. Knowledge, learning things, adventure, excitement, traveling, new experiences, awkward conversations with fellow awkward people, being clean, tea, chocolate, alone or with peanut butter or mint, thinking, being introspective, tech toys, fixing things Apples to Apples with my siblings (Playful was Bill Clinton), spending time with my family, spending time away from my family, driving, flying, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rifle ranges, archery, playing the piano, playing the guitar, smoothies, ice cream, bubble tea, poetry, I love poetry, photography, art of any kind! Maps, history books, estate sales, Mary Queen of Scotts, Henry VIII, Early Industrial/Victorian history, Chinese, rain, running or dancing in the rain, snow, and doing the same in it. I could go on and on, I’ll stop here for your sake.


15. What do you dislike?

Lies, liars, manipulators, cheaters, con-artists, abusers (physical, emotional, or psychological), those plastic things you turn blinds with (see previous point), my ex-boyfriend (who fits the first 4 categories), my dad (who fits the first 6), smoke, smog, snow after it’s been on the road for days and has turned brownish black, being dirty, papaya, racism, hatred, people who can’t get past their own experience to give others a chance, heartlessness, greed, Santa Claus (creepy, fat old man who knows everything about me and can climb down my chimney, no thank you. Plus, I’m a history major; I know the origins of the holiday, the actual origins. Damn you Charlemagne!), the Easter Bunny (honestly where the hell does he come from?), being alone for too long. Licorice, meat, the color pink, there’s really just so much.


16. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My mother taught me to always work for what I wanted not to expect or accept any handouts, that, in the end, if I were diligent and faithful, I would be much happier with myself. Also that you need to cultivate inspiration (which in itself was inspiration for a painting I am working on).


17. How and why did you start RECording?

I found hitRECord about a year back but didn’t join because I was in a hurry. If only, if only…

I found it again after Christmas, someone mentioned it on an article I was reading and I looked it up. I instantly fell in love, especially with tiny stories. It’s inspired me to take up painting again, and I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop and Corel, trying to branch out and do things I’ve never done before. Inspiration had been flowing freely now and it’s wonderful. It’s exhilarating and I love it. I love you all. HitRECord it such an amazing place. There is a niche for everyone here and those, like me, who were never considered especially talented or creative, can begin to show just the opposite. I love to create, I love HitRECord, and I love you all!

Created: Jan 26, 2011


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