Last year, Lindsey messaged me to ask if I would help her with a project she was working on. I. Was. Shocked. It was like I was in The Twilight Zone...or at least, the high school version of me felt that way. Let me tell you a bit out Lindsey: she was the girl in … Continue reading Q&A with Lindsey A.
A room of one's own is a luxurious thing. My new job at the Springfield Regional Arts Council has its own office, complete with a window, nice lighting, and a chair on wheels. It. Is. Amazing. Part of me wants to set up shop there permanently, and bring my art supplies and easels for when … Continue reading A Room of My Own
I have been keeping dream diaries since I was old enough to write. I can still recall my first nightmare (a disembodied floating face, slowly moving around my room, then speeding up and laughing at me), and when I flip back through old journals, familiar emotions and vivid recollections surface. Imagine if you were able … Continue reading You Are More Powerful Than You Think
Do you ever see someone on social media and think, I really want to be friends with them? That's how I feel about Andie. Her talent is multi-faceted, and I find myself watching her Instagram stories on repeat, dying of laughter. Andie is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. She acts, she … Continue reading Q&A with Andie B.
I have known Cristen as a mutual friend for over a decade, but it wasn't until this year that the two of us connected personally, rather than waiting for the next random occurrence. I'm so glad we did! Cristen is the absolute opposite of me. Adventure-seeking, patient, loves to be outside...yet I find we have … Continue reading Q&A with Cristen J.
Current City: Chicago, IL What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up? At one point I wanted to be a writer (and attempted my first “coming of age” novel when I was in the 4th grade — it had a lot a stuff about boys, boobs/bras, and periods). I also wanted to be a … Continue reading Q&A with Lanie Brewster Quinn
I'm a bit of an archivist. When I was in 10th grade, I kept track of every single outfit I wore, the entire year. It went something a bit like this: Big Dog shirt. Giant jeans. Doc Martin Mary Janes. Repeat. In 1993, I decided to start writing down every book I read, complete with … Continue reading 500 Books
Name: Laura McHugh Current City: Columbia, MO What did you want to be when you grew up? A writer. Though I had no idea how to go about doing that, and didn’t pursue it for many years. What are you now? Full-time novelist and mom How did you get to this point? I got a … Continue reading Q&A with Laura McHugh
In 2016, I decided I needed to be more intentional with my creative process, but had a hard time knowing how to start. Enter Crystal Moody, and her Year of Creative Habits. It's a guided program to help artists of all media set goals and work toward them in a 365-day span. Crystal checks in … Continue reading Q&A with Crystal Moody
I started The Dream Diary Project in January as a way to commit to intentional artistic creation, have a theme, a focal point, and a goal. I always dream, and I always dream BIG. In fact, I've been keeping track of dreams since elementary school, writing them in journals. By interpreting dreams visually, I'm able … Continue reading Dream Diary Project: Black Animals