For years, I’ve been Duckie.
But lately, I’ve been twitchy.
For three years, I’ve been straddling two worlds. After I quit my job as a reporter for Hearst, I’ve been freelancing and writing fiction. First, I wanted to get a book published. In the next two weeks, my novel the Butterfly Dress will be released by Girl E Books Press. In April 2013, my novel Deep Blue Mermaid will be released by Turquoise Morning Press.
When I started painting, something clicked.
I loved it. I craved it. I needed it.
Then when I started going to Barnes and Nobles in the mornings to write my cookbook, I started writing essays every morning. I figured I’d put them into a book. My buddy Angela said, “Forget the book, start a blog.”
And because Angela is brilliant, it clicked. I needed to stop straddling two worlds and create my own. A life as an artist and writer. Writing things that make people happy and bring joy.
All my Invisible Friends are squawking, “But Duckie, you do this anyway!” And I do. But I also keep the Pond a place of joy and love. My blog is my heart and soul. It is utterly and completely me. It’s not a job or a profession–it’s more like a living breathing journal.
My goal with Words and Whimsy is to make my love of making you smile every morning into a “profession”. I don’t think I’m ever going to be the next J.K. Rowling. But I do know that living a creative life is the only life I’m ever going to live. And instead of nagging you to buy my books and paintings (Etsy shop in the future), I want to go a different way. I’m never going to be a marketing queen or social media guru. I don’t want to be a ‘brand’ or another mom out there using her blog as a part-time job to pay rent. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But I made a D in the only business class I ever took. Enough said.)
I’ve always said if I had millions of dollars and never had to work, I’d open up a rescue facility and sell books to support animals. I’ve also always had a passion for women, for helping people be creative and follow their dreams.
So at Words N’ Whimsy, that’s what we’re going to do. The Pond is the Pond, while Words N’ Whimsy will be its own set of shenanigans.
I hope you visit both–they’re my heart and soul.
Stick around, Invisible Friends–there’s a lot more whimsy coming.