Thursday Talk Series On Lara of The Wildfire

Rigozo

Fam! Lately, my thoughts are so random, all over the place, and I accuse my mind of deliberately playing ping-pong just to mess with me. I decided to do a bit of self-reflection the other day, you know, ask myself tough questions like, ‘Is it that time of the month? Bank account gathering dust? Did I put on weight or did my jeans shrink? Valid questions. So, I got my answer but I didn’t like it one bit. Lo and behold, I’m suffering from an acute case of nostalgia. Sucks! Now that I have been diagnosed, I just want to find the cure and get well. But now my other self is looking at me and tutting because she says I can only feel better without my memories. I completely agree with her. I think selective amnesia is the way forward, except I can’t just keep the good memories and get rid of the bad. For the time being I’m stuck hauling my nostalgia around like some twisted trophy.

Moving on. Today I have Lara and I’m excited that she’s here as always. I’ve come to understand that people are a lot like mold, they can be found everywhere. However, quite a few of them stick around you and become something more. That’s why Lara of the Wildfire, as she prefers to be called, reminds me of music in all the years that I’ve known her. Sometimes Lara is like a concerto featuring an orchestra of strings, keys, and horns. Other times she’s a solo flute with dark haunting notes. Or a she’s a soft hum you’d have to strain very hard to listen to or else she’d slip away when you least expect, and all that will be left is a terrible ache. She’s like the kind of music that leaves you feeling more than you bargained for. Lara also loves stargazing, writes love letters to the moon, keeps a cat or two as her familiar, and crushes on book characters.😌


Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. Heyyyy! My name is Agbaje Olohuntosin Omolara. Most people call me Lara, a few people call me Shukrah, but I really prefer Lara of the Wildfire. It’s quite a mouthful, but it’s such a sexy name! I’m a content manager, so this means I create content for different brands. Blog content, social media content, email content and the works. I’m also training to become a product designer, because tech is where the money’s at, yo!

Lara sitting at a high point in Ibadan
Agbaje Olohuntosin Omolara

Q. Why do you do your job, and would you rather do something else?

A. I started in the world of content creation because of my natural flair for writing. I studied Chemistry at The University of Ibadan, yeah? But after graduation, I started getting writing gigs and it just went on from there. Currently, I’m hella tired of the content world. I’m a creative writer above all else, but this job is sucking the joy out of writing for me, and I’ll very much like to stop before that happens. And that’s the real reason why I am training to be a product designer.

Q. What is the best thing about what you do?

A. Seeing as I’m tired of the job, this might be difficult to answer. But if I absolutely have to, I’ll say the best thing about it is the fact that I get to do it from home. I honestly can’t imagine a world where I have to leave my house every day for work. Am die, mehn.

Q. What do you appreciate about yourself and what would you like to change?

A. I absolutely love how creative I am, especially with words. I can make a story out of any situation and that keeps me entertained, you know? Reality can be too much a lot of times, these stories I tell myself kind of make things easier. What I would love to change…well. I tend to be very forgetful, geez! I would definitely want to change this.

Q. Do you consider that people are basically bad or basically good?

A. Good or bad? Wow. That’s an overly simplistic way to categorize people that are anything but. I don’t believe one person is just good, or that another is just bad. I strongly believe that good and bad is something that we all carry within us, and what we exhibit is the side we nurture. Besides, we never really know what we’ll do in a situation until we’re actually living in it. Will I do the ‘good’ thing when xxx happens? Honestly, there is no telling. I could be a monster.

Q. What kind of people do you allow into your circle?

A. Kind people. I love love kind, deliberate people. Also, I have a natural affinity for writers, readers and dreamers. I kind of just meet them and we decide to do life together.

Q. What have you accomplished so far that has made you proud?

A. I recently published my debut book, Letters, Stamps and Seals, and that book is literally a part of my soul set on paper for the whole world to see. I was freaking terrified before it was published, but I’m also damn proud of myself for what I have done with that book.

Lara at her book launch, Letter, Stamps and Seals

Q. What two things do you think of the most each day and why?

A. (Insert laughing emoji) Food and money na. I never know what to eat, and I like food die! So that’s kind of a recurrent thought. I’m always thinking of money as well, because tbh, money can solve A LOT of your problems! To quote Ari, “Whoever said money can’t solve your problems must not have had enough money to solve em.”

Q. If money was not relevant, what would you do all day?

A. I’ll read! Fantasy, YA, Sci-Fi, Thriller,Poetry, any damn thing that catches my eyes, I’ll read it! I can already picture me lounging all day, reading, drinking tea and eating cake. I’ll also travel a lot and take a lot of landscape pictures. To paraphrase something one of my favorite IG poets said, I have a spinning compass where my heart should be. If money isn’t an issue, I’ll let that compass take me everywhere.

I recently published my debut book, Letters, Stamps and Seals, and that book is literally a part of my soul set on paper for the whole world to see. I was freaking terrified before it was published, but I’m also damn proud of myself for what I have done with that book.

Agbaje Olohuntosin Omolara on Thursday Talk Series

Q. If like a movie your life up to this point is played for you to watch, describe how you’d feel about it?

A. I’d probably say something along the lines of ‘Why the fu*k am I being made to watch this?” while I cringe and try not to die from second-hand embarrassment.


Thank you Lara for the interview, it was my pleasure and all the best with product designing. And thank you guys for showing up every Thursday.❤️

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I’m reading Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, and the book has taken over my life. Literally. It’s Thursday already, you see what I’m saying. The last thing I remember was diving into the book, and that was Monday. A little something from that corner.

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How I Get Over Melancholy

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To describe how I’ve been the last few hours before I decided to write this post – a wilted flower. Dry and lackluster. I’ve tried to focus but find myself spacing out – my mails must be a mess because I’ve tried but failed to sort them out. I am detached from the present and it doesn’t sit well with me. Still, I can’t put a finger on why I’m melancholic (sad but thoughtful).

My thoughts are all over the place – I sincerely blame the weather.

Figured I should get things off my chest. The truth being if I don’t manage this, it could easily get worse and this Alice is not falling down that rabbit hole. I know to take it easy with myself – this too shall pass – you ken that mantra. So how do I get over melancholy?

Here are things that I have tried before:

Read A Book

Burying myself in a book is yet another escapism for me, but balk at the idea of trying to get away from my present meh-lancholic reality. I could either pick up from where I left off in Stephen King – On Writing: A Memoir Of the Craft, or cuddle with my newest book Kresley Cole – The Player (The Game Maker Series). Not really a tough choice to make I must confess. When I read I am no longer burdened by the particulars of my existence.

Stream Music

Even though I haven’t been able to make a playlist in a while, most times I stream songs at random. To get my mind off things I’d probably go for Julia Michael’s first studio album – Not In A Chronological Order. I like the title and love the songs even more especially the track, Little Did I Know. Not sure listening to sappy songs, will help improve my mood.

Binge on Food

My mouth is watering at this prospect, eager to get on with the business of chewing and saying farewell to melancholy. Eating is a pleasure. Good food can curl your toes and leave you full and satisfied. That is why I know to be wary of it. Pigging out can only give me temporal respite and leave behind it’s own issues.

Get Some Work Done

Pooh Pooh! My final answer is no. The odds that working would drive me off the edge is feasible.

Sleep

I don’t really like this particular activity outside its biological function. (Some people love to sleep, long past what their body requires). I penny pinch the hours in a day I give to sleep. Lately it has been a different story with me looking for opportunities to nod off. I’m sure being stressed out often has been the main culprit but lately I am finding myself abed at odd hours and not doing any other activity…just sleeping. I’m as shocked as you are. Could be another escapist route or I’ve caught a sleep bug or something.

Watch a Movie

Movie and popcorn sounds like the fun thing to do, except sometimes I’m not in the mood for movie anything. The last movie I watched was a K-Drama series, Penthouse: War In House, and it has everything I love about drama. Still rocking from the thrill I got from watching Season 1 & 2 and waiting impatiently for Season 3. I’m am so not over it. I could be tempted still by Cruella, because Emma Stone is such a delight to watch. I’ll keep my options open just in case.

I’m going to give myself some time to decide what to do. Good news is I feel a little better writing/talking about it. I think I should consider getting to the root of what set me off. I’m definitely going to do it and a lot more to shake off the doom and gloom. Fancy something has got to work.

Until next time!

Meh-lancholy

adj. /unenthusiastic and wistful/

I feel meh-lancholic tonight.

Rigozo’s Dictionary

Bookish

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I was considering how I could organize my day, so I could be more productive. After much consideration I have realized that a lot of my time is spent reading (writing does not come close to it).

I want to engage in other activities but it would mean that I would have to spend less time reading. The horror! Nothing could have been worse – except maybe you pull out my eyes or something equally dramatic. The idea of cutting down reading does not appeal to me.

The wind blows east to west, and the leaves scatter abroad.

I cuddle with a book whenever I’m bored.

The habit of reading is one of the greatest resources of mankind… There are of course no friends like living, breathing, corporeal men and women; my devotion to reading has never made me a recluse. How could it? Books are of the people, by the people, for the people. Literature is the immortal part of history; it is the best and most enduring part of personality. But book-friends have this advantage over living friends; you can enjoy the most truly aristocratic society in the world whenever you want it. The great dead are beyond our physical reach, and the great living are usually almost as inaccessible; as for our personal friends and acquaintances, we cannot always see them. Perchance they are asleep, or away on a journey. But in a private library, you can at any moment converse with Socrates or Shakespeare or Carlyle or Dumas or Dickens or Shaw or Barrie or Galsworthy. And there is no doubt that in these books you see these men at their best. They wrote for you. They “laid themselves out,” they did their ultimate best to entertain you, to make a favorable impression. You are necessary to them as an audience is to an actor; only instead of seeing them masked, you look into their innermost heart of heart.

William Lyon Phelps – 1933
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I know I have to be conscious of the amount of time I spend reading. It plays a major role in my novel life of procrastination. I hope to find a balance but I’m not sure how I’d manage.💔

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Last Read: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott