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Tealight Talks - "Glory" Part 2

Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Matt interviews Sash on Tealight's topic for September, "Glory."

Mirriam-Webster defines 'Glory' as 'a height of prosperity or achievement'. What's your proudest achievement?

It's hard to pin down just one thing because I'm proud of so many things in different ways. I'm proud of overcoming my anxiety which opened doors to many other things that are glorious moments and milestones in my life - moving out of my parents' house, getting a degree, making friends and forming relationships, various sports achievements, writing publications, moving overseas etc. One thing that will always stand out in my mind is writing my first novel at age 14, it brings me such a rush of fondness and warmth even now as the process was such a fun and adventurous one.

What in your opinion, is something that's glorified that actually deserves the praise it receives?

I suppose this necessitates a certain level of awareness of who or what is popular right now, haha. For how much I adore them, and the scope of them I would say The Lord of the Rings and Dune. Both are totally awesome and formative influences on how I write and create.

What is a sight in nature that you've seen in person that you consider glorious? 

Oh my gosh, I've become really obsessed with fungi recently. I watched a documentary about them and now whenever I see mushrooms I'm aware of how complex they are. They're also kind of pretty and come in cool colours and patterns! Not conventionally glorious, I suppose, but still really breathtaking once you understand just how much they contribute to the ecosystem. As I'm writing this, I've also got an article open in another tab about fungi that can degrade specific types of plastic - how cool is that!

“Some days you taste glory without winning anything. Today is such a day when I feel victorious without having won anything!” - Avijeet Das. Do you believe true glory can be found in day-to-day life?

This is a good question, and I truly believe you can! Our society constantly tries to tell us that we're worthless unless we're producing something, whilst social media tends to impress upon us that we should be aspiring to have, be and do more to keep up with the people around us. In a world like that, being able to simply exist and enjoy ourselves as we are, and feel okay with it, is a glorious act of power and rebellion. It's also something that we all deserve.

'Glory' is the title of the ninth studio album by Britney Spears. 'Glory' received positive reviews from music critics, who praised Spears's vocal performance on the album and called it her most involved and engaged record in over a decade. Do you have a favourite Britney Spears song, and why is it Toxic?

/laughs/ I know you're being tongue in cheek here, but it really is Toxic! It's full of nostalgia for me and one of the first songs I remember actively enjoying when I was getting into music. I followed Britney Spears' career and the trauma she was subject to by the press and it always stuck with me that she made such fun, great music and was so vilified simply for daring to be a successful woman in the entertainment industry - and obviously she's not the first or last woman this has happened to. Tying that into this month's theme, it's that bizarre dichotomy of being over glorified and put on a pedestal, only to then be torn down by those same people when they see fit. Toxic is catchy, sexy and just fun in that over-the-top way pop songs tend to be, and is the first song I think of when I think of Britney Spears. I should go and give it another listen...

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