Some time ago, when I was taking a writing course, my teacher encouraged us all to begin a writing blog. I did, but I never kept up with it. Mostly because I was scared to share my writing. Especially with people that actually know who I am. 
But life is funny, sometimes messy and heartbreaking, and when you try new things, you don't always succeed at them. I recently failed at something into which I put a lot of time and money. And as my mind circled over and over, on how I could have done something different, I realized that the problem didn't really fall on me. When I screw up, I own up to it. It's how I was raised and it's how I try to live my life. It wasn't my fault. 
But as my brain continued to over-think the situation, I realized something that I think I already knew; my heart truly lies with writing, reading, art. These are the things I want to immerse myself in. And I also understood that in order to do that, I would have to start putting myself out there a little more. 
I began by submitting some poetry to a couple online publications such as The Print Express Haiku Competition and Hermeneutic Chaos Journal . And then, I thought, I have author friends with successful blogs. How can I do the same thing? Well, to start, I'd need a blog. Then I'd need to fill it with things that people might want to see, read, experience but at the same time, still retain who I am.
So, this is my beginning. 
Hi, my name is Michelle. I write short stories and flash fiction, novels, poetry and sometimes essays. I enjoy drawing-mostly anime characters but want to branch out and learn other forms of drawing. I also paint and have really begun to sink into it over the past couple years. Am I good at any of those things? Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. But doing it makes me happy. 
I also color; my favorite thing to color are the books by Johanna Basford. Her art inspires me to play with colors, to learn to blend and layer and combine them to make the work come to life. This enables me to further develop my own skills. 
I read every chance I get. I'm not the type to delve into great literary works. I read to be entertained. To escape. To make my mind think outside the box. On my Goodreads page, I try to review everything I read, but don't always succeed.

What can you expect to find here? Hopefully some entertaining writing, some artistic efforts, perhaps a favorite recipe from time to time, book recommendations, pieces of me. My hope is to entertain, inspire, create, share, befriend, and not regret not trying.

"Regrets can hold you back and can prevent the most wonderful things taking place in your lives." ~Eileen Caddy, Footprints on the Path


  1. Michelle, this is lovely! A perfect way to start, I think. Good for you! I look forward to reading more of what you care to share.

    1. Thank you, Kaye! I only hope I can keep myself dedicated!


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