My life's philosophy is simple: follow and try to satisfy your curiosity, but don't forget to follow the golden rule while doing it. I have many interests: language and writing; color, context, composition and painting; human rights; and music, entertainment and celebrity. Each of these has figured into my professional, academic and personal life in one way or another.
In December of 2008, I completed a master's degree of fine arts in creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I am currently revising my thesis novel, Something No Man Can Divide.
My development in these areas is ongoing. From 1997 through 2008, I worked at the Entertainment Industries Council, where I researched and wrote publications about mental illness, addiction and recovery, human trafficking and other health and social issues for television and film writers and producers. In May of 2008, I joined the Association of Community College Trustees, where I serve as marketing and communications specialist and managing editor of the award-winning magazine, Trustee Quarterly.
I also work as a freelance entertainment writer, primarily interviewing musicians and other celebrities for cause-related media--especially including Advocate.com, the award-winning online counterpart to The Advocate magazine. I also paint, primarily in acrylic media, and occasionally show my work in Washington, D.C.
I have heroes (my parents) whose values I always try to honor and creative and professional heroes (Marc Chagall, Tori Amos, William Faulkner, Oscar Wilde, David Lynch, Barbara Walters) whose work has expanded or enlightened my perspectives and approaches. I don't expect to become great like any of these people--but that won't keep me from trying.