I split my time writing and working my day job as a massage therapist. If it’s a creative pursuit though, chances are I’ve dabbled in it. Hell, I’ve played around with soapmaking, beer brewing, cupcake baking, tea blending and everything else under the midday sun. At the end of the day, my constant is always reading, writing and editing. I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp–which to any astrology buffs should tell you plenty.
I hit the East Coast convention circuit pretty hard and chances are, you can find me vending for Solstice Brews while simultaneously promoting my books. As for more journalistic writing, I’m the founder, an editor, and a writer on Caffeine Crew.
Upon further thought–you can find that description of me anywhere. Here’s the real deal, folks, ugly traits and all:
I’ve got no patience. None. I want to race through life as fast as I can, and smash down the hurdles that crop up. Patience was something I took a long time learning and I still struggle with.
On top of that, I’m sometimes socially awkward. You know Willow in Buffy? Yeah, that’s me. Fumbly mumbly and sometimes speaking a mile a minute because I’m nervous talking and have no clue what I’m saying. Even though I’m an extrovert, I grew up a shy kid, and I’ve never been able to easy into conversations/situations the same way some folks effortlessly do.
And I’m emotional as get all. I. Feel. Everything. I’m the friend that when you’ve got good news is screaming and hugging and jumping up and down. I’m also the friend that when I’m mad, frustrated, sad, or anything can’t hide it. Folks know something’s wrong with me when I’m quiet, or when I’m not enthusiastic. Hence why I’ve been referred to as Leslie Knope before–I throw my all into everything I do–friendship, relationships, writing, you name it.
Ho boy, now here comes the tough stuff. I’m constantly reaching out, and I always need people, and because of that tendency, I get severely lonely. That’s probably my number one issue, and always has been, is my battle with loneliness and how to overcome it. My husband and I call it my ‘I have no friends’ grumps, and I go through it every other month or so. Even though logically, this is far from the case–I have so many wonderful people in my life who I’m honored to know.
Last but not least, this is something you’ll see in a lot of my writing, which is why it’s important to share. While I like to explore real aspects of life, I’m not a dweller in tragedy. I’m hopeful as anything, and believe the best in everyone. I don’t want to dwell on the pain, sadness, and misery. I want to live in the forests where the distant burbles of a beautiful stream thread through. I want to live in the hearts of people who care, who show compassion to one another, and prove that we humans can get something right. I want to explore how even though we’ve all got the ability to fuck up, and even though sad things happen, that we can overcome them and rise to be triumphant.
So there it is, folks–that’s me.