Meanwhile, in community action

I’ve been working with the same writing group for the past 5 years. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m supremely grateful to all of them. They’re my Ride or Die Bitches.

It’s a good thing.

We have been putting together a community for writers and ourselves online to supplement our meat space community. Not everyone can come to Minneapolis to sit in with us every week.

Slackers.

But yeah, I’m blogging over on our site Tickled Ink and it’s been a lot of fun! My most recent post went up today and it’s about the joy of failure. Or being okay with being terrible. Something like that anyway. Check it out!

Truly Outrageous

As a person who vaguely remembers the 80’s, I was understandably eager about the Jem and the Holograms reboot. Women working together, rocking out with amazing wardrobes – what’s not to love? Then of course there was the inevitable let down. Women supporting each other? We can’t have that. What if women start to get uppity and have ideas? Next thing you know they’ll want birth control and clothes with pockets.

Is that hyperbole? Of course it is! I indulge in periodic hyperbole.

It saddens me that so many people have become crushingly divisive over issues of gender. It’s nothing new of course, it’s just the details and mechanics of how it plays out that changes. Women don’t need to be contrasted against men in order to be defined. There is room enough for people of any gender. The only walls that exist are ones we choose to support.

On a lighter note:

This is a great time to pull out an old photo though. Some friends and I cosplayed the Misfits, the rival band of Jem and the Holograms, at a CONvergence in 2003. I’m the one in black on the left. This was such a fun time. Thank you to libradragonmom for sharing the picture with me.

Misfits Cosplay - Jem and the Holograms

Another lonely blogger

As a veteran of the internet, I’m no stranger to blogging. Back in the hay day of livejournal, I was an avid participant. I reveled in the community, the closeness and the honesty.

In the last year, I’ve fallen astray of my livejournal roots. There were a lot of things that came up and prevented me from continuing to engage with my friends in that way. I still miss it. I’ve added many of the friends I made there on other social media and it’s great to be able to keep up with them in a different way.

I’ve started a new venture. In the process of rededicating myself to my art and creative passions, I’ve come to need another blog. Something a bit more public where I can share with everyone what I’m working on and connect in new ways.

Much to my delight, things have been going really well. I have so many amazing projects I’m working on and I can’t wait to share them with you all! I’m writing, drawing and painting more again and I am beyond thrilled. It’s hard to find enough time but I work really hard at it!

I’m following my passions and I couldn’t be happier.