Sixteen Things


A while back there was this meme-thingie on the Interwebs in which you tagged someone and asked them to tell 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about themselves.

I came across my list o’ things the other day and thought I’d share. So, without further ado, here are Sixteen Things About Maya You Probably Didn’t Want to Know.

1. I’m a Baha’i.

2. I’m married to a rock star (well, okay, he’s a seriously talented guitarist/songwriter/music producer who looks like a rock star and whose hair was longer than mine when we got married).

Image.aspx3. I love ships—both tall ships and classic ocean liners—and am fascinated by shipwrecks. One of my favorite books of all time is THE ONLY WAY TO CROSS, which is about said classic ocean liners. (I have a favorite ocean liner. She was the Normandie.)

4. I have three mind-bogglingly amazing children who are the best things I’ve ever done. Since I once thought I didn’t want children at all, this is a Big Deal to me. One is in middle school, one teaches middle school and one is in college.

5. My favorite color is the color of fire.

6. I am addicted to archaeology. Mummies rule!

7. I was torn between being a musician, a writer, an artist, and an archaeologist when I was growing up. I’m a musician and a writer and occasionally draw something so I guess I score 2.5 out of 4 ain’t bad.

8. I prefer to drive Volvos. I have owned four of them. Their names were Falda, Kelpie, Serenity and Selkie (who is sitting in my driveway this minute).

9. I was desperate to play the oboe when I was a kid, but they were too expensive, so I played clarinet.

maya_gafilkcloseup10. I play a Taylor guitar — a gorgeous jumbo curly maple named Clancy.

11. I LOVE the process of writing and get depressed when I finish a novel.

12. I LIKE writing Batman and Star Wars novels, so there!

13. The smell of Indian food and basmati rice makes me Snoopy dance.

14. I owned and trained horses when I was a teenager and actually enjoyed mucking out stalls.

15. Desserts I can’t resist: flan, creme brule and pumpkin anything

16. I think Cambridge, England and Hamburg, Germany are the two most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen.

Why sixteen things? Who knows. But there it is—totally random.


Midichlorian Rhapsody is a Pegasus Nominee!


OV30 Graphic plainYes, it’s true, the song behind the viral Youtube video has been nominated in the Best Adapted Song category for a Pegasus Award, which are given annually at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival (OVFF).

With the help of courageous friends, will attempt to perform the piece live at OVFF this year (October 24-26, 2014 at the Worthington, OH Doubletree), though it will have significantly less than the 257 tracks of vocals and instruments that are on the recording, which can be purchased from CDBaby or Bandcamp and through our official website. It is the grand finale of the CD Jeff & Maya’s Grated Hits.

It will be glorious … or really, really funny, depending.