Ten Things About Me

  1. 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.)
  2. 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…)
  3. 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.
  4. 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!)
  5. I believe love lies at the heart of every meaningful thing I do.
  6. Which is why I love – as big and as fearlessly as I can.
  7. 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. I wrote about it in a collection of essays you can download here.
  8. 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.)
  9. I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs.
  10. It is entirely possible that people who don’t have dogs feel sorry for me.



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22 Responses to About

  1. Clare Flourish November 16, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    You have such a beautiful site, taking so much of the loveliest bits of your others. I love your playfulness and your sharing and invitation, your creativity.

    • j November 16, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      I didn’t think I was nervous about the new site (maybe too tired to muster up anxiety), but I’m pretty sure that was relief that swept through me when I read this comment. Thank you, Clare! xo

  2. Dave B. (@BuckyKatt) November 16, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Snazzy new site! (and how many do you have now?) I like that some of the posts are in two columns, which is different from most blogs. Which further reminds me, my own blog really needs a redesign. Maybe I should grab a big pack of Sharpies & start doodling…

    • j November 16, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Just this one now. Zebra Sounds is still out there because I sort of grew up there. I couldn’t bring myself to pull it down, but this is the only active site.

      And you should definitely start doodling. I’ll bring the Sharpies, you pick the music. ;)

  3. Solo19 June 13, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Feel inspired, saw your website on Lynn’s wall and decided to take a look! Good writing and spirit. Thank you for sharing your gift <3

    • j June 13, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Aw! What a lovely comment! Thank you back!

  4. justamiragi November 21, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    i don’t quite remember how I found you to begin with, back in 2009, on Zebra Sounds, but then I drifted away and discovered you yet again today. I will be spending copious amounts of time catching up! I already know I’ve missed out on a ton of inspiration! LOVE the NEW digs! <3

  5. Eileen Lebowitz January 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Love your work . Please contact me . I am looking for an illustrator for my children’s books and my inspirational book. Your work is colorful, whimsical, makes me smile.

  6. wholelovehealing February 1, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Beautiful energy!! <3 <3

  7. donna cicero May 16, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    you are so much fun to love

    • j May 16, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Ha! (And yay!)

  8. leah77 August 8, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Dear, beautiful, J. The more I discover about you, the more I adore you. LOL! This page is precious, and creative, and clever, and honest…it makes me want to be more of everything good.
    I love your doodles, and that you didn’t begin painting until you were well into your 40’s. I’m a 57 year old writer, and although I still love my writing, with the encouragement of magical, Julia Fehrenbacher, I began experimenting with painting last year. So you see, your wonderful story parallels mine in certain little surprising ways.
    I plan on taking more time to explore this delightful page of yours. You truly are amazing!
    Love! Love! Love!

    • j August 8, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Aw, Leah, thank you so much. I feel the same way about you. And, incidentally, I picked up paint for the first time in November of last year, having just exited my 40s. Let’s hear it for the late bloomers! xo

      • leah77 August 8, 2014 at 6:53 am #

        That’s amazing, girl! And…the fact that you exited your 40’s is doubly amazing. You look fabulous! <3

        • j August 8, 2014 at 7:15 am #

          Have I told you I adore you lately? *mwah*

  9. Karin August 8, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    I love your updated about page! The illustrations really set it off :) Clever and witty as always xo

    • j August 8, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      Thank you, Karin! I had the most fun doing this page, for sure!

  10. Lucy Pollard-Gott August 9, 2014 at 5:28 am #

    I love all the things ‘about’ you which are already on your site. Now I can love your About page, capitalized, with a tab and a link. :) And it’s illustrated so memorably. If you’re not careful, j, you may also become a professional cartoonist, when you’re not looking. It may sneak up on you, like that ninja! (Watch out, Cathy Guisewite!)

    • j August 9, 2014 at 8:35 am #

      Ha! Thank you, Lucy! I like illustrating posts (and About pages) because of the process, which is me at my most doodly. I never over-think the art, never worry about being visually true-to-life, and I love what words and illustrations can do together that neither can do as well on its own.

      And it’s a very playful medium, which is always excellent. : )

  11. Olaitan April 28, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    Just stumbled onto you after a friend shared one of your images (“Fact: there can never be too many BADASS open-heareted hippie warriors of Love”). I was smitten right away and after looking you up, it’s confirmed. Great!

    • j April 28, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      Thank you, Olaitan! I’m so happy you found me!


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