About Me

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Since I run an autobiographical blog, and draw autobiographical comics, it feels like anything I might write here would be more than somewhat redundant. In the interest of a summary, I am a 38-year-old visual and performance artist, illustrator, podcaster, writer — less professionally, also a baker, photographer, and videographer — crafter, music-dabbler, and general all-around creative. I love dancing, and will do or say almost anything if it gets me a laugh.

I started teaching myself to build websites with my first Internet-accessible computer in 1997, purchased by working as a PT cashier in a sporting-goods store after school and on the weekends. I have been marketing and selling my artwork online since 2001, and self-publishing webcomics since 2003. At its peak in 2007, my most popular work, Crap I Drew on My Lunch Break, was receiving 2500-5000 unique visits per day. This was before the rise of social media, and the fragmentation of the Internet into much smaller sandboxes.

I began struggling with the symptoms of serious depression in 2005, and by 2008 had almost completely collapsed in on myself. I retreated from most social contact other than my ex-husband, ballooned up to almost 180lbs, and took my websites off the Internet intermittently. This had many contributing factors, including unresolved childhood and emotional traumas, an unfulfilling relationship with my ex-husband, the inability to mentally handle the criticism that accompanies success, a toxic apartment where I lived for five years, and being a caretaker/witnessing the slow death of my mother at only 59-years-old. In late 2014 I experienced an early mid-life crisis, and decided to change the course of my life before it was too late. I began creating my artwork and comics again, obtained a divorce, and in 2015 I relocated across the country from Houston, Texas, to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Between January of 2015 and October of 2018, I also lost 70lbs and took up weight-lifting.

Since coming out of my depressive fog, I had to make a conscious, deliberate effort to relearn and refine basic social skills destroyed by years of isolation. I have overcome both depression and a general anxiety disorder. My newest work, Queen of Assholes, is a chronological graphic-novel biography exploring the eccentric and formative events of my life. It follows my — sometimes self-inflicted — traumas, and my journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance and finding my authentic voice. Oh, there should be some nice drawings, too.

I currently fill my days with both creative and rote work, mostly savouring my productivity and solitude. No pets, not even a houseplant. I hope someday to find a life-partner that has chosen a lifestyle and path similar to mine, but for now, I am content to continue making progress on my personal goals.


Favourites

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Below you will find a list of things I enjoy, because one of the things I enjoy most is making lists, and if there is one thing the Internet loves, it is lists.

Please do not use this list, however, to send me unsolicited gifts. I maintain a minimalist lifestyle, and things I do not use or enjoy regularly are donated to charity. I have a wishlist of items I actually need or will use, if you want it.

I do always appreciate gifts of art, especially fan/reader artwork.


The Basics

Animal: rats and mice
Colour: med-to-light blues
Colour, Worn: black, brown, grey, olive drab
Flower: white Phalaenopsis orchid, calla lily
Houseplant: Spathiphyllum “Sensation”
Hobby: baking/cooking, exercise/lifting weights
Gemstone: honey or cognac amber, bone, shell, fossils, natural and unpolished stones
Scent: sandalwood
Weather: thunderstorms
 

Entertainment

Celebrity: Stephen Colbert
Music Artist: Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Lady Gaga
Song: Learning to Fly, Time, High Hopes (Pink Floyd)
Music, Art:varies by mood of piece being worked on
Music, Driving:classic rock, metal, pop
Music, Writing: ambient, electronica, classical
Anime†: Captain Harlock, Monster
TV Cartoon†: The Venture Brothers
TV Live Action†: Law & Order (original), Better Call Saul
Movie†: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Wreck-It Ralph, Ratatouille
Book: The Little Prince
Comic Book: Poison Elves
Manga:Berserk, Battle Angel Alita
Visual Artist:El Greco, Banksy
Game, PC‡: Minecraft
Game, Console‡: Final Fantasy VI, Tetris
Game, Arcade‡: Galaga, Killer Instinct

†I more-or-less stopped watching television in 2015 and no longer own a television, and only go to the movie theatre 2-3 times per year.

‡I have barely touched a video game since 2015, and would be happy if I never ever played one again, but they were part of my life for a long time.
 

Out and About

City: Saint Paul, MN (Love my adoptive home!)
Recreation: good conversation, dancing, photography, firearm target practice, arts and crafts festivals, walking in the many local parks, sports games, travel
Restaurant: Keys CafĂ©, almost any low-rent mom ‘n pop diner
Shopping: Goodwill, thrift shops, garage sales
 

Tasty Treats

Alcohol: little/no drink, no street drugs
Smoke: Al Capone Sweets
Candy*: sour gummy worms
Cookie*: snickerdoodle
Dessert*: carrot cake
Drink: Diet/Zero Carb Rockstar
Main: fried chicken, why you gotta have so many carbs, baby
Steak: medium-rare you heathen
Side: grilled or steamed almost any veggies really
Sandwich: gyro with extra tzatziki sauce
Snack: egg rolls and spring rolls
Fruit: pineapple
Spice: cinnamon and clove
Soup: miso, creamy tomato basil, beef stew
Vegetable: asparagus, broccoli, carrots

*I like these things, but I eat almost no sweets on a day-to-day basis.

Likes

blend of antique/midcentury modern/industrial style, military surplus,
vintage-looking utilitarian satchels and backpacks, independent diners and
restaurants, electric lights, 75%-80% bitter dark chocolate, extreme frugality,
suicidal work ethic, taking questionable supplements, index funds

Dislikes

butterflies, milk chocolate, most jewelry, wine, NOISE, the sun,
WHITE BREAD, POTATOES, RICE, LAZINESS, SLOTH, GLUTTONY
TURN OFF THE FUCKIN TELEVISION ASEFAUN,F.PYF

Interests

arts and crafts, computer hardware, rats, houseplants, gardening,
cooking, baking, makeup, science and technology, writing

Quotations

“Tongue-tied and twisted,
Just an earth-bound misfit, I.”
Learning to Fly, Pink Floyd

“I am bad and that’s good.
I will never be good and that’s not bad.
There is no one I’d rather be than me.”
Wreck-It Ralph