My husband and I live in Greensboro, NC where we are nerds and creatives together. Mikey is a writer, musician, and thinker who runs an outstanding film podcast.
I write. Well, I show up to the work and it surprises, instructs, and improves me. It often takes the form of young adult fiction in the genres of fantasy or science fiction.
When I changed careers in 2011, I began this blog called Leaving Teaching to chronicle my journey into the full-time self-employed-and-creative life, and to provide space for musings and rants on a variety of subjects.
I am trying to learn how to write first for myself before I write for others. I am astounded by how story helps me to make sense of the world, and I am compelled by characters who are well-nuanced and dynamic, who experience real things with real consequences and whose lives illuminate truth through that process. Sometimes, these characters speak to me and allow me to tell their stories.
When I am not writing, I am likely drinking copious amounts of coffee while I knit, watch Doctor Who, tool around on the cello, compose hand-written letters, or experiment in the kitchen.
Things that have immensely helped me as a writer are The Artist’s Way, Bird by Bird, The Writing Life, On Writing, Walking on Water, and the Query Shark blog.
As a creative, I am greatly enriched by consuming the art that I love:
Television: (surprise!) Doctor Who; Sherlock, (really, almost anything on the BBC esp. if written by Russell T. Davies, Mark Gatiss, or Steven Moffat); Firefly and other Whedon home-runs like Doctor Horrible’s Singalong Blog and Buffy; TNG; Community; True Detective; Justified
Books/Literature: Shakespearean plays, epic Grecian poetry, and comic book tales of heroism. I love East of Eden by Steinbeck, Ender’s Game by OSC, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Kingsolver, and Until We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.
Authors: including, but not limited to Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw, Mary Oliver, Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard, Pablo Neruda, Kathleen Norris, Neil Gaiman, John Steinbeck, Orson Scott Card
Music: Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, Jimmy Eat World, the Oh Hellos, the Wailin Jennys, Mae, Billie Holiday and most any big band tune, Kings of Convenience, Edgar Meyer