NOTE: I've been MIA for some time because I've been working on publishing my first book! I'm funding through Kickstarter, and have 9 days left to reach my goal. If you know me, or you just think my project is really cool, please consider donating! Link is listed above!:)
Just a quirky and well-traveled artist, performer, and professional writer in love with life, adventure, and capturing beauty and uniqueness wherever possible. A little romance and innate flair for the dramatic never hurt anyone. ;) I'm kind of a boho-chic type of girl, with an attraction toward the flamboyant. I love the beautiful, the delicate, the creative, things that are old-fashioned, feminine, edgy, or have a personal touch. I love the idea of creating and sharing with others, since there's often so little room for that in everyday life, and I love the idea of making the world a smaller place.
I'm a little avante garde in my tastes. I'm flamboyant, romantic, and a bit in love with the periods in life where drama and beauty were a little more prized. However, I still love reality TV and social media. A LOT.
I've been in a long-term relationship with a great guy for three years, have an 11-year-old Lab/Beagle mix, and in my free time, run a successful social group in the Atlanta area.
My degree is in opera and musical theatre, so I have a very eclectic taste in music, from classical and opera to jazz to alternative rock. I love listening to new stuff and exploring new sounds! Unless you're devoted to country western and polka, you're probably not going to disappoint me in the music department. Favourite artists right now include Coldplay, Adele, Lady Gaga, Evanescence, Dave Matthews, Christina Perri, Blue October, Radiohead, Tori Amos, and many others. I also like the old-school late-80's/90's stuff that reminds me of my childhood.
NOTE: I'm a very good communicator. If you have an issue with a swap, please take the time to contact me privately before just issuing a "1". I have always sent my swaps out, and dislike the appearance of negative ratings on my profile when I did nothing wrong. :( Likewise, I always try to issue ratings and hearts and stars so people know I appreciate their hard work! If it seems I've forgotten you, rating the swap may have fallen through the cracks, so a gentle reminder is absolutely welcome!:)
I like to take the time to get to know people personally, and to share on a level they'll truly enjoy, so filling out your profile will help me be better at this!
If you want to make me happy, send me chocolate, particularly of the European variety, if you live overseas...or any type of truffles or unusual stuff, if you're in the U.S.. However, I don't like orange or lemon in my chocolate, and am allergic to blueberries. Other than that, anything goes! I'm a little bit of a chocolate addict. ;)
I'm not the crafty type; I don't crochet or knit or build awesome stuff out of Popsicle sticks. If I made you a card, you'd probably think you were communicating with a 5 year-old. So, you know, just letting you know. :) I will also often reuse envelopes if I send you a package, because it saves on both cost and helps the environment. However, the inside will always be prettier.
I love all things beautiful, glittery, and unique. Stickers, blank cards, and gel pens are always welcome, since I use them frequently. I'm not really into postcards, but I make an exception for art cards, whether classic, art nouveau, or just plain witty.
I'm kind of a unique, colourful, and creative person, and I don't always have an excuse to share those things with others. I think this sort of thing provides an extra excuse. :)
I've attended festivals like DragonCon, Burning Man, and Coachella, and love live concerts, professional theatre, opera, ballet, and pretty much any form of performance-based expression. I also write poetry and maintain personal journals, and hope one day to publish a novel, if I can commit myself to finishing what I start.
In addition to being a professional writer, I'm also a long time blogger, and quite visible on Facebook, so for those looking to be social, please get in touch...I adore new readers, and will happily friend you on FB if you inform me you're from here. I'll also add links to your blog from mine if it's something I love!:)
I actually do love to read, though I don't always find as much time to do so as I'd like to. I'm a sucker for historical fiction and chick lit (Phillipa Gregory and Sophie Kinsella are always on my must-reads when their newest come out.). However, I also enjoy more contemplative and inspirational books (Paulo Coelho is my favourite author), am working my way through a lot of unread classics (working on conquering Jane Austen now), and love character-based stories that are simply interesting, as well as biographies of fascinating individuals. Strong, independent, and evocative women such as Dorothy Parker, Anais Nin, Marie Antoinette, Tallulah Bankhead, Edie Sedgwick, Eva Peron, and Marilyn Monroe are always inspiring to me. I love learning about the lives of artists, bohemians, and the unconventional thinkers of any time period.
I collect great quotes, and will frequently use them in my art, journals, or just daily correspondence. :) I scrapbook the blank space on my walls (seriously, two walls of my room are a giant bulletin board filled with photos and memories.), so beautifully hand-written quotes are welcome and will likely be added to the collection. Here are some of my favourites:
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting". ~e.e. cummings
"Take care of the luxuries, and the necessities will take care of themselves." ~ Dorothy Parker
"The question isn't who is going to let me; the question is who is going to stop me."---Ayn Rand
"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." ~ Andy Warhol
"Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves." ~Bertrand Russell
"Average people are the most special people in the world. That's why God made so many of us. " ~ The Office
"Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they're just supposed to run wild, until they find someone just as wild to run with." ~ "Sex And The City"
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. " ~ Anais Nin
"The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents." ~ Salvador Dali
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles." ~ Jack Kerouac
"I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good behavior. " ~ Frida Kahlo
"I want someone who's not afraid of me--or anyone else. In other words, I want someone who isn't..afraid of themselves. " ~ Ani DiFranco
Just a sample of my interests:
Not everyone is into fashion and costuming as a form of artistic expression, but I most definitely am. Read on:
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