I have had a varied, artsy life and some would say I’m still bohemian. I graduated in photography (Visual Communications) and was about to come full circle. I bought a digital camera, went to Ireland and took some fun photos. I was still learning the camera but began to think that I should see about getting the better ones into some stock photo places. And then, four months after I bought the camera, my place was broken into and camera stolen. Alas.
I also later graduated with a degree in Creative Writing. That’s two BFAs; maybe I can trade them in for a Masters. Should I ever go back to school it’s as likely I’ll go for a religious studies masters or anthropology. There is a lot of interesting stuff out there and not enough time to take it all.
I have a strong sculptural design aspect. My ex was a cold-glass artist and I became more involved in the glass arts. I loved glassblowing but really couldn’t afford to continue there. I did make this giant slug out of broken pieces of glass and had it coming out of a old wooden box. It was titled, “It Came From the Glass Studio” and was actually juried into an art show at the Vancouver Public Library. I never took a picture of it–stupid me, and I gave it to a different ex-boyfriend. I’m sure it’s moldered back to its original form by now.
I also made 1/4 of a six-foot pomegranate, seeds and all. It was put on a wood and chicken wire frame and then I covered it in foam and upholstery fabric of the slightly leathery type. I then painted over this. As well, I cut foam into large (about ten inches) seeds and covered each one into red, transparent cellophane. I put these down the middle slit. And then I took the thing over the border to a festival in the US. Again, I don’t have more than one picture of this. (What’s wrong with me?) and it now resides in the enshrined basement of a friend in Snohomish.
I keep making jewellery of late: watches, earrings and necklaces…and then I don’t sell them. It’s just beading but it’s another creative outlet from the wordcrafting.
One of my major loves is writing, obviously. And I seem to be opinionated…hmmm. I’ve been drawing since I was six and knew I first wanted to be an artist. I started writing around twelve, with poetry. I hid it for years until I took it off somewhere for a critique in my early twenties. Then I started taking writing courses. My “Muse” and “Worlds of What-if” blogposts talk more about those early inspirations.
These days I freelance in copyediting and writing, as well as editing poetry for Chizine and slush manuscript editing for ChiZine Publications. I’m a past editor for Aberrant Dreams. I have edited many first-time novels for individuals as well as working with publishers and magazines. If you are looking for an editor, you can contact me here. Information is screened and will not appear on the blog.
I work on several stories at the same time and a few poems. I also have a second novel in the works. My poem “Of the Corn: Kore’s Innocence” was nominated for this year’s Aurora Award in poetry. You can vote and see all nominated works here if you’re Canadian and it will cost you $5.50.
I think the world is an intricate and inherently beautiful place. I try to remember the sheer variety and ingenuity of humans when it seems that everything goes dire. It’s important to balance against the constant media deluge of doom and gloom. No wonder we have a depressed society. I still believe there is more good than evil in the world.
This, like my life, is a work in progress…