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Midland, Texas, United States
I write. I make stuff.

About Me

I have been writing since I was five years old and my daddy taught me how to print IN ALL CAPITAL letters, which was no less disconcerting to my kindergarten teachers than it is to online readers today. While they didn't insist that I Stop Shouting, as would be the case here, they did force me to learn to use lower-case letters. Also cursive. Punctuation. Actual penmanship, although that never went very well.

What do I write? Just about anything you can think of except maybe greeting cards, from newspaper articles to books, artists' statements to poetry to blog posts longer than your arm, literally.

When I'm not doing that, I'm stitching. I learned that at about the same time I learned how to write, but from my mother. She never actually taught me to sew but gave me her fabric scraps and old scissors and a big not-too-sharp needle and let me make stuff sitting under the ironing board while she sewed my entire wardrobe.

I have loved these two things--writing and stitching by hand--ever since.

The formal stuff: I have a BA and MA in English and write artist profiles for a variety of publications. I've taught college English and spent way, way too many years subbing in the public secondary schools--so you know nothing much either scares or impresses me. I've written five books. The first two, Stamp Artistry and New Techniques for Wearable Art, are project-based. The next three--Living the Creative Life, Creative Time and Space, and Destination Creativity--are about creativity. The creative life. Artists who are living it and and working at it and generously share their experiences and some advice.

I love talking to groups about creativity. I did a talk for Authors at Google and have participated in and hosted a variety of panel discussions, which are way fun, so if you're looking for someone who likes to talk about creativity and has rather a lot to say on the subject, we need to talk.

What else?
~~I still have a couple of my baby teeth
~~I can read and write backwards
~~I went to first grade in four different states and remember nothing about it.
~~I have lived with at least one cat since the day my parents brought me home from the hospital, and I understand cats way better than I do people.
~~I have eaten rattlesnake and alligator, which perhaps explains why I am now a vegetarian. Yes, they did taste like chicken. Of course they did.
~~the best thing about being an only child is honing a lifelong ability to entertain and amuse yourself

If there's anything else you want to know, you can watch this little FAQ video, which makes *me* laugh and, I hope, will do the same for you: