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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. Anything else, though? I've done it, 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.

OK, here's the formal stuff: I have a BA and MA in English (not too brilliant in the whole getting-a-lucrative-job area, was I? What was I thinking? That I wanted to study stuff that interested me) and write artist profiles for a variety of publications (look over there in the sidebar to find links to where I write). 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 and hope to write a whole herd more, although I want those to be something different and haven't yet decided what that's going to be. 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, duh: creativity. The creative life. Artists who are living it and and working at it and generously share their experiences and some advice. In that last one, they also share some of the workshops they teach at the big retreats, just in case you haven't gotten a chance to go to one of those yet.

I do podcasts, where I call up artists and ask them nosy questions. You can go here to listen to those. There are archives there: click on the months in the left-hand sidebar to get to all the older podcasts. New ones appear randomly--they used to be weekly, but for a while they're going to go up whenever I get time to do them.

I love to talk to people about creativity. I did a talk for Authors at Google and have participated in and hosted a variety of panel discussions. I'd love to do more of these, 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. If you want to listen to the Google talk, you can click the link over there in the sidebar to take you to it.

Let's see--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 any of them.
~~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.
~~while I have a bunch of tattoos and holes in my ears, I am not a "free spirit," whatever that is. No drugs, no wild young life. I am, in fact, the poster child for self-discipline and pretty boring by most people's standards.
~~I have eaten rattlesnake and alligator, which perhaps explains why I am now a vegetarian. Yes, they did taste like chicken, alas.
~~the best thing about being an only child is the 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: