Why, hello there! I’m Naomi. I’m 13 years old. And.. pretty tall. What else can I say? Um… I live in New York City! Manhattan to be precise. But I’m not from here though. I’ve lived here for two years and am moving back to Switzerland in June. I’ve lived in Switzerland for four years and London for seven. I am now used to the city’s air and the gigantic sky scrapers, the metro and all the tiring walking you have to do here. Tiring but fun: All of the interesting people from all over the world, the random stopping for a chai latte…
My dad’s side of the family is from Ireland and my mother’s from Austria and Transylvania. And no… I am not a Nasty or a vampire. My Dad grew up in South Africa, and my mother lived in England, France and India.
I’m a middle child. I have two siblings…(unfortunately.) My older brother is 16 months older than me, you’d assume it means we get along but, we really don’t. But it’s nice when we have the occasional debate or intense conversation. The things he’s into are very different to me. He likes programming and scientific stuff, and I prefer poetry, theatre, psychology. (Why is there a P in psychology? Anyway, moving on…) Zeb, he is Zeb. He’s soon ten. I get along with him better. He tells me his secrets and so forth. It’s all very exciting… or rather interesting. A nine-year-old boy’s gossip isn’t that exciting. He adores food. And is a great actor! He also loves singing. But, well… let’s just say it’s hard for him to sing the right notes.
I love acting. It’s something I would love to do more professionally. It just gives me so much pleasure. People wouldn’t think I do acting when they meet me because I am reasonably shy. However, on stage I am somebody else so I don’t need to be quiet. Acting is also a way to have the experience of feeling emotions of other people and experiencing being other people. It also gets you away from life when you need too. It’s extremely interesting. Although still wonder about the psychology of why we all enjoy acting so much.
This term I’m doing 6 plays at once! It’s hectic… super hectic. I also love singing and dancing, although I can’t dance. But I still love it! Two of the plays I’m doing this term are musicals. I am always singing. I can never stop! I am either singing out loud or singing in my head. I even sing in my dreams! You’re lucky not to live with me. The play I’m most excited about is Romeo and Juliet, where I’m playing Juliet. It’s going to be Off-broadway. With adults and stuff. The funny thing is, there are adults in the play but our director is only 17 years old. He’s very artistic. I know he’ll do a great job. It’s nerv racking but thrilling. (I’m making it sound more professional than it is but anyway…) I can’t wait to start rehearsals!
I’m super interested in psychology. I just find it so interesting the way human minds think. Like what happens when we get inspired? What goes through our brains when we start worrying about stuff? Why do we get depressed? What is the reason we exist and why does everyone feel like their life matters more than others? All this stuff is so fascinating.
I love creative writing. Poetry and short stories. Lately all my short stories have been quite dark, I guess I’m trying to get out the point that not all stories end in “Happily ever after..” – that gets me annoyed. I have self-published 3 books. One with a bunch of short stories, one with a bunch of poems and the latest is a short novella. I’m actually working on another book right now. It’s a story about an autistic boy. It’s very dark. I find it hard to just start writing, I prefer to just write when a wave of inspiration turns the wheels in my head. I start getting really frustrated if I don’t type out that wave.
I also love photography. Always taking quick snaps here and there. I have some photography on my blog. But if you want to see some more just look up nay_smiles_ on Instagram.
I am a feminist. And no, that does not mean I hate all men, it means I want equality. People really need to get their facts straight before accusing or starting debates. I love debates but they can go on for a long time.
I homeschool, along with by two brothers. I started homeschooling in Switzerland but homeschooling in New York is far better than in Switzerland because I have classes to go to and people to interact with. In Switzerland I was mostly alone at home… And the classes and people here are so interesting and fun. I used to take a class called “Upitty Witches” and right now I am taking an architecture class where I’m building a sculpture of a building where you can slide down from the turning café at the top.
My blog is on my poems, new stories, pictures, art and also what I’m up to. School, friends…
This is a picture of me. With Scout (my uncle and aunt’s dog.) Isn’t she so cute?