WRITE OR DIE!
Each writer has a different
approach to the writing craft. For me, the creative process is as essential as taking my next breath.
I write to understand, exploring life's mandala through the perspectives of dreaming,
imagination, and "reality."
At ages three and four, I traced
the chrome letters on my family's Philco refrigerator with my forefinger, eager to learn to read. Though quick with
the alphabet, I puzzled over sounding out "the" in first grade. With dogged determination, I blasted
past the obstacles of ADD and became an avid reader and writer.
I began my literary career writing bad poetry in
Des Moines, Iowa at age ten. After working as a waitress, grocery clerk, ranch caretaker, nursing assistant and home
health aide, a variety of clerical and secretarial positions, city bus driver, museum aide, and substitute teacher, all while
attending classes and raising a family, scribbling looked like a suitable diversion.
Enchanted by magical County Ceredigion, I scribbled
away on a forested ridge above Cardigan Bay while earning an MA in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, Wales (2010).
Prior to landing in the Pacific coastal
forest in Northern California, I lived in the surburban wilds of Orange County, near Los Angeles, where I founded
Tootie-Do Press and kept my nose to the writing and editing grindstone. Prior to my SoCal urban experience, I lived
in a star-studded, high desert valley in the central Arizona highlands, where I earned a BA in Anthropology
with emphasis in Museum Studies (and breadths in the Humanities and Liberal Arts) from Prescott College (1999).
Where to next? Wherever lovely Gaia and my
writing lead me!