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  1. Are you single?
  2. Are you a lesbian?
  3. What inspires you?
  4. What do you listen to while you work on your art and other creative projects?
  5. What artists do you like?
  6. Do you have any formal education as an artist?
  7. What is your favorite medium to work in?
  8. Are you really as mean and nasty as some people seem to think you are?
  9. What sort of things do you write?
  10. Why do you go after art thieves who aren\'t even stealing your stuff so much?
  11. Do you have pets?
  12. How can I meet you in person?
  13. What is your racial/ethnic background?
  14. You are Pagan. Does this mean you\'re anti-Christian?
  15. Are you Wiccan?
  16. Where do you live? Where are you from?
  17. Besides art, what do you do for fun?
  18. I\'ve heard mention of you having a genetic disorder and some other things going on with your health. What\'s that all about?
  19. What kind of drums do you play?



  1. Are you single?
    Yes. And I\'m not looking to change that anytime soon. I am, quite honestly, happier without romantic entanglements to distract me from my creativity. I\'m also ill and disabled and simply don\'t have the energy for the games people tend to play in relationships. I\'m so done with all of that.
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  2. Are you a lesbian?
    *laugh* For some reason, I get asked this a lot. No. I have some friends and acquaintances who are, but I am totally heterosexual, always have been and always will be.
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  3. What inspires you?
    Lots of things. I can get ideas and inspiration from literally anything around me. It could be a bit of music, a photo with an interesting pose, something I see in nature or something I've read. Sometimes I just get strange ideas that pop into my head while I'm sitting around bored.
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  4. What do you listen to while you work on your art and other creative projects?
    Depends on the mood, but these are just a few of the artists/styles you might hear playing on the MP3 player while I work: Dreamtrybe, Adam Lambert, Imagine Dragons, Liviya Compean, Kitaro, Enya, Ra, Tangerine Dream, Machines of Loving Grace, Nine Inch Nails,Linkin Park, Muse, James Asher, Medwyn Goodall; Alternative, Classical, Anime Soundtrack, World/Cultural Music, New Age, Industrial, 80\'s, Punk, Jazz, pretty much a whole lot of everything but Gospel/Christian, Rap and Country. I have very eclectic tastes. I\'ve recently also occasionally listen to audio books while I work since it allows me to \"read\" and do other things at the same time, which is a great way to spend my time more efficiently.
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  5. What artists do you like?
    Dali, Bugereaux (sp?), Degas, Munch, Waterhouse, Van Gogh, Davinci, Rembrandt, Rodin... those are just a few of the "masters" I'm inspired by. I also like Boris Vallejo, the brothers Hildrebrandt, Luis Royo, Julie Bell, Don Maitz, Brom and Michael Whelan. You can see who else I like in modern genre art by taking a peek at the links page. I pretty much add the artists who inspire me or whose work I respect and enjoy.
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  6. Do you have any formal education as an artist?
    Sort of, but not through any hoity-toity "art" school. I took a LOT of art courses starting way back in junior high and going all the way through college. I studied various media including standard drawing forms, photography, sculpture, pottery, basic design principles, watercolor, acrylics and digital design. I also took some college level acting, music and creative writing courses and was active in theater throughout high school and college. Strangely enough, the degree I was shooting for (but didn't finish due to health issues) was NOT in arts. It was in Secondary Education with a minor in Desktop Publishing. While I learned a lot, I never allowed what they taught me to hamper my own ideas. I was always "breaking the rules" and pushing the envelope.
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  7. What is your favorite medium to work in?
    Ooooh, I like them ALL. *chuckle* Right now I do almost entirely digital due to simple lack of space for storing actual physical canvases and drawings and neurological problems that make my hands twitch. In the past I did a lot of pencil, ink, acrylics, watercolor and sculptural works in clay. If I had to pick just one, it would be acrylics since I did so much in that medium.
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  8. Are you really as mean and nasty as some people seem to think you are?
    For a while there, I had a lot of people online basically telling everyone I was evil bogey man of the internet, threatening people and that sort of thing because they found out I was reporting them for infringing on artist copyrights. Whether I\'m mean or not really depends on the situation. Steal from me (or people I like), get abusive with me or otherwise tick me off and I can be. I really don\'t like being stressed out like that, though. I\'m generally a mellow person and like to just have a nice peaceful life. Plus, I\'ve become fairly ill as I\'ve gotten older and being angry like that really is bad for my health. Too bad so many people haven\'t figured out that being nice and not aggravating me is the way to get that reaction. LOL
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  9. What sort of things do you write?
    A little of everything: factual articles on magickal/Pagan practices, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, prose, poetry, short stories, novels, recipes, rants/essays, etc. I\'ve even been know to write a bit of erotica on occasion. It just depends on what I feel like doing. I\'ve even got some Torchwood fan fiction I work on when the muse allows.
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  10. Why do you go after art thieves who aren\'t even stealing your stuff so much?
    There are a lot of reasons. These are just a few: 1. A lot of times they are stealing from my friends and/or people I respect. 2. Using without asking regardless of how it\'s being used is still stealing! 3. Artists have the right to totally control who uses their images and how they are used by law. End of story. 4. People using art without permission and illegally redistributing it (like on the Internet) can diminish its value to companies and cost those artists contracts, thus endangering their income. 5. It\'s just bloody rude to use people\'s stuff without asking, folks. I hate rudeness! 6. If you\'re not part of the solution, you\'re part of the problem. :-p 7. I would like to think other artists would do the same for me if they see my art gone astray somewhere. If you don\'t like being \"harassed\" or \"persecuted\" (yes, I\'ve had some whiners accuse me of doing that to them because they found out I reported them for theft), then stop breaking the law and learn some respect for artists and their work! The fact will always be: if I can identify art or other materials I see being used without proper credit and permission and can contact the owner, you can bet your butt I certainly will.
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  11. Do you have pets?
    Not currently. Unfortunately, my cat of 14 years passed away right before I moved to New Jersey. I can\'t afford to have any right now but would love having some again. One of the cats my bestie and her wife adopted seems to have decided she\'s my cat for some reason (silly thing), but I don\'t pay for anything for her, so I don\'t consider her mine. She just crashes on my bed when I have my bedroom door open and molests my hand when I\'m trying to type. LOL
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  12. How can I meet you in person?
    I don\'t get out as much as I used to, so the opportunities are rare. You\'ve got a better chance of socializing with me online. I might even let you call me on Skype if I really enjoy your company. (On a side note, being a hermit isn\'t my choice. I simply have no transportation and no money.)
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  13. What is your racial/ethnic background?
    I'm an all around mutt. Though I'm having trouble tracing my family tree, it supposedly contains: South/Central American, Mexican, Basque (Spanish/Moorish), Romani, Dutch, Scotch, Irish, Native American and French/Cajun/Acadian. Yup... mutt. That's the only good word for it. LOL
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  14. You are Pagan. Does this mean you\'re anti-Christian?
    No. I have many close friends who are devout Christians. I am anti-Prosthelytizer and against people who try to force the beliefs and practices of their own religion onto others who are not part of it. What this means is I don\'t think people should invade my privacy trying to sell me their religion. To me, religion is a very personal and private thing best found through a quest and thirst for knowledge and spirituality rather than spoon fed as a stricture into the mind. It also means I\'m very much against people who try to shape the laws of my country to conform to their religious beliefs. Not everyone here is the same religion and no religion should shape the laws we all have to follow. I don\'t fault anyone their own religion so long as they aren\'t hurting anyone or using the religion as an excuse to cause harm in any way.
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  15. Are you Wiccan?
    No. I was once, but I found I'm just a poor fit for that particular sect of Paganism. I use the more generic term "Pagan" because I pretty much follow my own spiritual path which isn't within the strictures of any other particular branch of Paganism. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of organized religion at all because of its tendency toward corruption and over-zealous control of one's private life. I'm more of a Spiritualist. It means I believe there is probably something out there greater than me which made all this wonderful stuff, but the "worship" is free-form for the most part (ie: I don't have set rituals, prayers, etc. ; I do what feels right in the moment).
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  16. Where do you live? Where are you from?
    I'm currently living in New Jersey near the Shore. I'm originally from the Houston metro area of Texas.
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  17. Besides art, what do you do for fun?
    When I can, I also like to go to drum circles and play tribal hand drums and stick drums (djembe, dhoumbek,taiko, ashiko, etc). I also play reed flutes and a little bit of keyboards. I enjoy spinning my LED poi when the weather is nice. I read a lot and I like to watch movies. Given the opportunity, I like camping out, too. When the muse is cooperative, I write. I also play a bit of Wizard 101 to fill the time when I can\'t really focus enough to work on art.
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  18. I\'ve heard mention of you having a genetic disorder and some other things going on with your health. What\'s that all about?
    My genetics are horrid. My mother was given an anti-abortive drug when she was pregnant with me because she was 40 and considered \"at high risk of spontaneous abortion\" (AKA miscarriage). Those two factors combined did a number on my health wise and caused several things to go wrong. The drug they gave my mom when she was pregnant, made me totally sterile. Basically the uterus and ovaries stopped developing by age 7. Not having the hormones those produce caused a busload of other issues and they couldn\'t correct them because I have a bad reaction to the replacement hormones. They caused me to have a migraine so severe that it literally caused my brain to swell up from the constriction enough to cause damage. The genetic disorder I have is called hemochromatosis and I have a pretty rare version of it where it activated on one recessive gene rather than having a dominant gene present. It\'s basically a disorder where my body doesn\'t correctly process the iron I take in from my food. Over time, this iron builds up in my entire body and, basically, all of my organs (including my brain and musculo-skeletal system) start suffering from iron poisoning. Some of the damage is permanent. Some things may improve once the iron is lower. It\'s too soon to tell what is actually being caused by the hemochromatosis and what is a separate illness. The treatment is having a pint of blood drawn out at regular intervals. At first it was once a week (which sucked mightily with me being the world\'s biggest needle chicken). My numbers have gone down after about 3 months of that. Whether they stay down without the constant blood draws, we\'ll just have to see. Add to that mess ADHD, diabetes, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease, and arthritis in most of the major joints in my body and it makes for way too many medical appointments and a fight to keep them from adding more pills I don\'t want to take to the regimen. It also means that it\'s pretty much impossible to hold down a regular job because both some of the ailments AND the meds make it impossible to control when I\'m awake or asleep and severely impact my ability to focus and complete tasks. Plus I can\'t sit OR stand for very long without being in excruciating pain. So yeah, my body sucks.
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  19. What kind of drums do you play?
    I play mostly hand drums like African and belly dance drums. I\'ve also played Taiko, roto-tom drums and a few other types of stick drum. I enjoy them quite a bit. I like all manner of rhythm toys like thunder tubes, rattles, shakir, zylls and bamboo xylophones, too. I\'ve even been known to pick up a bamboo flute now and again and do some improv. I try to play keyboards, but I\'m not very good at it.
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