for the first 23 years of my life i was not known as random nicole. i was a writer. my first journal entry "today i did see my friend" wasn't a classic but once i put pen to paper, i knew that words were my way to get it all out. i was also a furious devourer of books, with flashlights in the backseat of cars on road trips to mexico. i read things i shouldn't be reading when i was too young. henry miller, anais nin, jack kerouac. when i was a freshman in high school i forced my parents to take me to see the film naked lunch based on william burroughs book. drugs, cockroaches, russian roulette-i imagined them having a late night talk afterwards, asking each other "where does she find this stuff?". growing up in orange county i was hungry for anything that had an artistic pulse. i also painted, drew and made crafty stuff like a pencil holder from some random car parts i found on the side of the freeway when my mom's old toyota broke down once. now making has taken the front seat even though i just finished my master's in creative writing and am now working on mfa. i feel like the last few years have been about my struggle to find balance between art and writing. i've always felt like i had to choose just one. i was listening to a podcast on craftypod with sister diane a few days ago and she was interviewing kathy cano murillo (crafty chica) who just finished her second fiction book miss scarlet's school of paternless sewing and has found a way to intertwine her love for storytelling and her crafty life. inspiring! i actually was lucky enough to meet her at CHA in 2010...can't wait to read her new book, look forward for a review!
then i found these cool notecards by booknotes on etsy and fell in love! i so agree with what maria wrote on her etsy bio, "I read, write, draw, & paint books. Though both physical books & handwritten notes are on the decline, I believe that the preservation of both is important."