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 office assistant positions, city bus driver, museum aide, and substitute teacher, all
while attending classes and raising a family, scribbling looked like a suitable diversion.
Prior to my Cali sojourn, I enjoyed life
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).
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).
I opened Tootie-Do Press in 2014, the sister biz to Starstone Lit,
my editorial, creative consultation, and publication consultation service (est. 2000). I've kept my nose
to the writing and editing grindstone in California, from the sunny Mediterranean climes of San Diego (Dago!) and
Orange Counties (Surf City, USA!) to the moody redwood forests of Humboldt County, inspired by the diverse coastal environments.
Where to next? Wherever lovely Gaia and my
writing lead me!