I will confess that I never admitted to being an “artist” until graduate school. It was always just a hobby or something that I couldn’t take seriously. Now, I proclaim my art-i-ness with a confetti cannon, and I want others to realize how creative they actually are. We all have our unique worldviews; we all have something important to say. We just need to cut out the outside noise and listen to our inner selves so that we can create. I have been writing, drawing, singing, dancing, and crafting since before I can remember. For the longest time, I’ve agonized over which creative outlet to focus my attention on, and last winter I finally said “screw it, I’ll try them all!”. And this is my attempt to do so.
Before I began writing, I indulged my imagination by creating elaborate worlds with my toys. Specific games could go for hours or days, sometimes including my little sister or best friend but often just on my own. I would write scripts for our games of dress up and then we would perform them for our parents. My first novel was written in middle school and my 9th grade English teacher read (and encouraged!) many tragic, over-the-top short stories. I won a local award for a poem in high school and started my second novel in undergrad. It has been poked at over the years, but I was crazy and took 22-26 credits per semester from sophomore year on while getting my BA and then dove into a very intense MFA program. In my mid to late twenties, my writing time was focused on personal development, utilizing exercises from both Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and Metzger’s “Writing for Your Life”. This work included morning pages, poetry, and shorter works. My fiction ideas tend towards the fantasy/sci-fi/horror variety, but one of the joys of being an indie writer is that I can write what I want and label it after the fact. I love well-developed characters, witty dialogue, a clever turn of phrase, and stories that suck me in. If there is smut, I want it to be well-written and not take me out of the story. I prefer the love story of Benedick and Beatrice to Romeo and Juliet.
My songwriting developed out of an early love of music. I feel it with my entire body, which led to taking dance classes and performing through the end of high school. And when I am forced to go a period of time without access to one of my instruments, I get very cranky and weepy. This is the foremost creative stress release I have. I play piano even though I’ve never had proper lessons, and I’ve played the flute since I was 11 years old. My training includes both classical and jazz, but for my own music, my songs lean more in the direction of the storyteller variety. As far as listening to music goes, I can find something I like in every genre.
Physical arts and crafts have long been a vital part of my life. I dream in Technicolor (or at least think I do). When I see something unique or beautiful, I immediately want to touch it and feel the texture. In visual arts, I love both realistic painting and well-crafted abstract work. I’ve been drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and modeling clay for decades.
All of my creative works influence each other, and all are influenced by my twisted sense of humor, desire for justice, and hope that humanity can progress to a better place than where it is today. I’m either a cynical optimist or a hopeful pessimist when it comes to the human race, and my goal is to create work that will entertain but also make people think.
So come dream with me and let’s see what worlds we can build.
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