Okay, that’s a bald-faced lie. I absolutely need an introduction. I, simply, am just really, notoriously, bad at them. Once, I was in a job interview and the interviewer asked me to tell them about myself and the next sentence out of my mouth was “Um… I’m 30?” I wish I could say this wasn’t something that happened a long time ago, but unfortunately… it was in the very recent past. *insert ‘wah-wah’ trombone here*
But this entire post became far too long for just an introduction.
(Note to self: Learn self-editing.) If you find you are wishing for the tl;dr version, just skim the quotes. They should give a basic idea of what I am all about. （⌒▽⌒ゞ
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.— Rumi
Instead of a profile that would look suspiciously akin to something you might find on a dating website, as I can’t imagine it’s terribly important to you what my ‘sign’ is (it’s Sagittarius, by the way, and why, yes, I do enjoy long walks on the beach) – allow me to begin by illustrating a few things that you will be able to find here and a few things that I love. The content of this website will be intrinsically linked to who I am, after all, and I’ve found it is best to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ the things that make me, well, ‘me’.
But before I do that, let me just say “Thank you!” for even taking an interest. I hope that you find something here that, at the very least, makes you smile, and, perhaps if we’re both lucky, something that might inspire you, too.
Art is a line around your thoughts.— Gustav Klimt
Art has been a cruel, cruel mistress to me. And yet, it has always been my first love in creating anything at all. My childhood was one spent with coloring books, and typing paper with all my own little drawings and creations – and then when I discovered anime and manga? Well, I was in love – hook, line and sinker. But you know those people who can just have an image in their head and then produce an exact replica of that image, and it is amazing and should be hung in the Louvre or something? Yeah. I’m not one of them. When I first started drawing seriously, I, in a word: sucked.
But, in one of the moments where my stubbornness worked in my favor, I decided during my early pre-pubescent years that I would become a mangaka! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑ And I started drawing in (
poor excuses for) “anime” style almost non-stop. I worked very hard to learn how to draw, much like the way one would learn long-division, and I was absolutely terrible for about seven years. Even now, I would not consider myself ‘good’ at drawing or painting, (I don’t know many artists that do consider themselves ‘good’), but I am confident enough (sometimes) in my skills as an artist to start sharing the work I do. I still have a very long way to go, but I am still learning and improving these 20 years later! I even have a lovely, lovely friend who encourages me so much in my artistic endeavors, she wants me to – *sentence is bleeped out because of a non-written NDA, and my life is not worth spoiling the project just yet* – so I hope you look forward to that!
As far as the types of artwork I’ll be posting here – lots of fan-art, as well as original art, and, hopefully very soon, images from a webtoon (or two) that is currently being developed. And doodles. Doodles galore.
A drop of ink may make a million think.— Lord Byron
Writing! Lots and lots of writing, if you couldn’t already tell. Creative and non-creative writing is what I would call my ‘second’ great love. It is a really close second. Like, so close to being first you have to squint to really see that if I had to choose between either writing and drawing, I’d inevitably choose drawing. But! That being said, oh-em-gee, how I love writing. It is the story telling, creation of characters, interpretation, lacing words together in a tight-knit tapestry, and evoking emotions that pulls me into this other form of creative expression.
Here you’ll find lots of different types of writing, tons of drabbles. But I also write stories, opinions, poetry, bad jokes, limericks, role-plays, and more pieces that aren’t bogged down by legal anything. The things I deem acceptable enough to share, I shall, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them. There’s more in depth explanations of a few types of styles listed below. Everything else that’s posted outside of the following categories should be fairly self-explanatory.
The whole point of fan-fiction is that you get to play inside somebody else’s universe…— Rainbow Rowell
“…Rewrite the rules. Or bend them. The story doesn’t have to end. You can stay in this world, this world you love, as long as you want, as long as you keep thinking of new stories.” Ms Rainbow Rowell continues on in her sweet quote. Yes, you will find links to my fan-fiction here as well. I enjoy ‘playing’ in different universes, and I play hard. Meaning, I will also be posting things about my fan-fiction works here as well, such as world building, explanations, or whatever I feel a reader might need to supplement what it is I’m writing. The fan-fictions themselves are hosted and posted externally. Please feel free to jump into the conversation at any time, either here or on AO3!
Be honest, be kind, and share the love.— Suzi Quatro
In addition to sharing writing and artwork, I will also be sharing things that I – at the least – enjoy, and – at the most – love. This means reviews and opinions on any number of topics, including, but not limited to – manga, books, anime, movies, et cetera and et al. There is enough negativity in the world without my adding to it, and I don’t see myself spending too much time talking about the things I dislike unless there is a vehement need to vent out about something. Therefore, any reviews on media will be creations that I think you might enjoy, too.
I’d like this place to be one of sharing and caring, of warm fuzzies and the inevitable, and delicious, angst that comes with being a fan(insert identifying gender or non-gender here). Let’s keep it happy, ne?
Language is wine upon the lips.— Virginia Wolf
I am a native English speaker (no, not ‘proper’ English, I am afraid. I am from the United States, after all.
Iamsosorry.) The yearning for travel that has been intrinsic since I was a child has fostered a deep love and respect for culture and ‘foreign-to-me’ languages. The sounds, the cadences, the alphabets, the stories, the rapid-fire of words that I cannot understand has always fascinated me. And sometimes I will put on an audio-book track spoken in a non-English language to lull myself to sleep. I am far from a polyglot, however. Rather, it is a goal of mine to become a polyglot at some point in my life.
At present, I am learning Japanese, and am dabbling in Russian (for the reason why, see the fan-fiction section of the website). But I have dabbled, oh, how I have dabbled, in several other languages, such as Greek, Danish, French, German and Italian. Further still, I am considering dabbling in Korean and Spanish.
Just how world languages will be used around this site is still a mystery even to me, but as learning and using language is such a big part of my creative process, it felt remiss to leave it out. I do enjoy incorporating ‘foreign’ words into what I create, and I always do my best to research about the cultures from where the words hail, so you might see smatterings of non-English throughout the site.
So, in the spirit of foreign-to-me languages, let me leave you with a lovely vocabulary word from one of the oldest languages in the world:
(v.) (Greek) – to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work.
And I believe that about does it. Welcome to where you can find my doodles, drabbles, and dabbles! And if you’ve made it this far, you definitely deserve a pat on the back, or some wine, or some chocolate, or a gift-card to your favorite store. Alas, I am the definition of a starving artist, so at present, the best I can do is say “Thank you!” once again. I would love to hear from you, so feel free to find me on Facebook or Twitter, or simply leave a comment here.