Humans of Spectrum: Aiyana Moya
Why did you decide to participate in the production of Spectrum?
I decided to participate in Spectrum because of my interest in writing for literary journals. I love writing, and I wanted to gain a better understanding from an editor's perspective so I might be better prepared when submitting my own work for publishing. Additionally, I have always been interested in Spectrum and have been reading it since my first year at UCSB, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to learn more about the editing process and be involved in a great publication. My current role is a reader.
What do you look for in the submissions that you receive for the magazine?
I look for pieces that are original and unique, but most importantly pieces that are well polished. I love pieces that keep me guessing, or are written about topics I would never personally think to write on: I think those are the most interesting and fit best with Spectrum's mission as a literary journal.
What genre or form of Spectrum interests you most, and what about it speaks to you?
Nonfiction is my personal favorite, mainly because that is what I enjoy writing, so it is always so interesting reading other writer's works and seeing the writing decisions they make. It is inspiring and gives me ideas for what I might want to do with my own pieces.
Can you share a short story about your own writing?
It can be really hard for me to stick with my original writing idea. Midway through writing, I think of another 'better' topic to write on or decide I do not like the piece I am working on and want to abandon it altogether. So, I made a folder called Hell, (aka works in progress), where I save all my unfinished stories. I try to complete one a quarter...do not ask me how that is going. However, so far my favorite piece is one I originally abandoned and later came back to.