I am a writer and artist living in Chicago with my partner Daniel and our three cats–Smokey, Elphie, and Beezil. Beezil is named after a character in a dark anime feature I remember fondly from my childhood (this is how he acts most days). Elphie is named after the Wicked Witch of the West, because even though she hissed and swatted at me from her cage in the shelter, I could tell she wasn’t really wicked, she was just misunderstood. Smokey is our elder statesman, a handsome, one-eyed bear-fox who puffs out his fur to make himself look cuter when begging for food. It works.
I grew up in Alton, Illinois, a town on the Mississippi River that is famous for Robert Wadlow (the world’s tallest man), a Lincoln-Douglas debate, the legend of the Piasa Bird, a wintering population of bald eagles, and Fast Eddie’s Bon Air. Despite having lived in Chicago for the last eleven years, I’m still a small town girl at heart.
My first literary effort was “The Poem of Pots and Pans” (by Katie Kathrine Snow White Cinderella Pippi Longstocking Brooke Dixon, age 4). Since that achievement, I have written numerous other poems, short stories, personal essays, journals, persuasive papers, scholarly articles, legal briefs, marketing materials, and emails. Some of these have been published. (Not the emails, thankfully.)
I am also a legal marketing professional, a recovering lawyer, a musician, a philosopher, an introvert, a futurist, a nerd, a polar bear enthusiast, an INTJ, and an Aquarius, and sometimes (usually) a little of everything. Like me, this site is a work in progress.