I could not be more excited to unveil my new and improved online presence, starting with my website! I’ve been meaning to update things for a while, but inevitably I always put it off, distracted by school or my writing or, more realistically, D&D. But 2018 bled to 2019, and I realized that, if I was going to get anything done this year, I needed a better platform. So I sat my butt down, sped through two seasons of Arrow, and redid everything.

Launching “my brand” was on my 2019 to-do list, but it wasn’t until I reevaluated my career that I realized the importance of it. Up until recently, I was 110% sure I was going to be a mental health counselor, meaning my life as a content creator was essentially on the backburner. But then things changed, which is to say my plans were no longer plans but vague, idealistic notions. The things I’d been putting off since graduating high school in the name of higher education were suddenly more important than ever before.

I love the mental health field and want to land a job in advocacy. But I am, above all things, a storyteller. Stories are what I return to, time and time again. I still want to write a book, but I have found other loves, like comics and D&D and this thing called interactive fiction which I’m really super into. Life with mental illness and disability is hard! But a hard life is easier when you fill it with things you love. So here I am, 2019, starting again.

I’ve dabbled in web design over the years, but I won’t pretend I know what I’m doing. I bookmarked a ridiculous number of DIY Squarespace guides and watched several YouTube videos, sometimes more than once. There are things I’d change if I could figure out how, but overall I’m happy with the result. It’s messy and imperfect, but it’s mine.

Over the next several months, I’m going to be experimenting with Patreon and blogging and, if things go according to plan (lol), a Hades/Persephone retelling in the form of an interactive fiction webcomic. I’m also going to finish the first draft of my book, even if it kills me. Needless to say, I have many, many plans, none of which may actually come to fruition. But I’m excited, and that’s all I can really ask for.

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