I draw. A lot. I’m compulsive, drifting into my studio whenever there isn’t something else going on (and sometimes even where there is). I have a giant worktable made of an MDF board and two old closet doors stacked on top of an ancient desk. It’s all held together with clamps, because I’m fancy like that.
(Update: Someone needed my desk, so now my work table consists of an MDF board and two old closet doors stacked onto two saw horses. I know. “Fancy” doesn’t even begin to do this setup justice.) . .
I didn’t start drawing until I was well into my 40s, so my obsessive behavior is really just making up for lost time. As a kid I wrote, I read a lot of books, I wrote some more. It never occurred to me to draw. Then one day (disappointed that, despite my creative writing degree and all the words I’d written, I was not quite the literary sensation I’d ardently imagined myself becoming), I started drawing. (I was trying to distract myself. Little did I know…) .
a. (It is possible that my love of parenthetical phrasing has hindered my literary career.)
b. True confession: I used to call my “studio,” my “office.” Same room, new fancy worktable. .
I still write (and love to write), but now I spend more time drawing, painting, and illustrating than I do writing. If you’d told me a couple of years ago that this would be the case, I’d have thought you were crazy. Life’s funny (and wonderful and messy and tricky and unpredictable) that way. .
(Pssst… I made a 2-minute meet-the-artist video for my publisher, HCI Books, about my wonderful, messy, tricky, unpredictable, art-filled life. You can go watch it, or just stay here. Here’s good. We’re heading to the moon in #5!) .
I believe love lies at the heart of every meaningful thing I do. .
Which is why I love – as big and as fearlessly as I can. .
I spent all of 2011 publicly committed to fearless love. For one year, I loved wildly out of my comfort zone. It was exhilarating, surprising, and scary. It was everything I never imagined, and it changed forever how I move in the world. One of the many, many things it taught me was that all love starts with self-love, which, ultimately led to the creation of Find Your Awesome. .
This isn’t really about me, but Douglas Adams says it is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. As far as I know, he didn’t weigh in on cheesecake, but I think it’s fair to say that there are few problems (major or minor) that cheesecake can’t solve. (Wait. Maybe this is about me.) .
I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs. .
It is entirely possible that people who don’t have dogs feel sorry for me. .