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You can take the girl out of MySpace,
but you can’t take MySpace out of the girl.

Welcome to my mess. This is where
I will post updates, thoughts, etc.
If you could download my brain, it
would look like this: a very cliché
recovering, ex-goth.

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  • Coming Soon: Choose Your Own Adventure meets Stranger Things
    Have you ever wanted to be in your favorite TV show? Well if you love Stranger Things, that’s exactly what you get to do in my latest Choose Your Own Adventure book! Heroes and Monsters is available for pre-order.
  • Reflecting on Tupelo 30/30
    My Co-Star app has consistently been warning me that artists need time to do nothing but think over a bottle of wine, I guess it was right.
  • On This Day Last Year, I Tried to Kill Myself
    I can’t help but look back and wish that I had seen that Metanoia website earlier in my life, that I had access to counselors or therapists that I could trust, that I lived in a world where medication wasn’t stigmatized, that I understood the myths I had about suicide were just that: myths. I wonder if I would be further along in my journey if I started sooner.
  • Marvin Bell, 1937-2020
    I write this in fits and starts, just adding things about Marvin as they come to mind, moving up and down the page. It’s strange to look at websites make the necessary update, the cementation that he is, in fact, gone. It’s a strange addition to the grieving process. A friend of mine who was in my first workshop with Marvin had said upon hearing the news of his passing, “I thought he’d live to 101.” I thought so too.
  • About that Speech
    “I like X too, but…” or “I say this as a fan of X’s poetry…” or “I read X in high school and loved it…” or [insert your phrasing of choice here]. For any poet or color, it’s the necessary incantation before one can make any criticism, no matter how benign, of any white poet (dead or alive). This isn’t paranoia. All one would need to do is look through Poetry Twitter right now and see this dance being performed by poets of color. And what is the criticism currently?
  • Remember when Game of Thrones was a thing?
    In hindsight, it is easy to imagine that under other circumstances, GoT would have failed early on. In many ways D&D lucked out by having compelling source material to draw from, the right backers, a superb cast, and a stellar crew (from costuming to set design to music, etc.)…
  • #CancelColbert and the “White Conservative Caricature” Dilemma
    …In plain English, how can one play a racist without saying something racist? How can one play a sexist without saying something sexist? How can one pretend to be homophobic without saying something homophobic?…

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