Writing through the Dark
My creative writing interests began early. We studied poetry in elementary school as a way of learning to process grief, a practice that has become invaluable to me. In fourth grade I received a journal and remember writing down funny things my friends would say so I'd remember them later, so I could make them laugh. Later those notes turned into poems, and at the age of sixteen when I was gifted my first guitar, they became songs.
I still use writing as a way of processing my experience and communicating my feelings. I encourage anyone struggling with the human condition to pick up a pen or a pencil and see what happens. The blank page is waiting for you.
Comedy, Screenwriting, and Playwriting
I got into comedy writing because I needed to laugh. I've taken a few comedy writing courses at Sacramento Comedy Spot including Standup 101 & 201 and Comedy Screenwriting, and have written and performed 10 minutes of standup comedy.
I am the proud author of two messy National Novel Writing Month Manuscripts:
Pantser is the working title of my first NaNoWriMo project. A "pantser" is an author that "writes by the seat of their pants." Long story short, I winged it, and ended up with a 50,000+ word manuscript. Pantser is the story of a blocked artist who leaves his ordinary life behind when he meets Ashleigh, a time traveling art model, who is trying to alter the circumstances surrounding her mother's death.
I participated in National Novel Writing Month again in 2022 and ended up with a 25,000 word manuscript. Set in Petaluma, CA's punk rock scene, Everytime I Dance I Cry is a fictionalized memoir about trauma, mental illness, and the impact of the opioid epidemic on an already struggling and divided community.