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Thanks so much to all the new members of this eclectic community. Since it is growing, I thought I would take a minute to re-introduce myself and explain what I’m trying to do here. That way, you won’t feel like you’re crazy when I post something that surprises you.

Like most of us, I have a hard time limiting myself to just one thing. Lacking the propensity for narrow confines, I tend to meander at times. When I first started this blog, it was to promote my book. Then something happened. I reverted to writing about the things that excite or challenge me.

In the process, a fictional novel — completely off platform — sneaked into my heart. I knew, immediately, that I was in trouble again. How can I talk about art and simultaneously talk about dystopian sci-fi, learning to write fiction, and the thrill (terror?) of doing something new?

Though a Gemini, I am not schizophrenic. Eventually, as those of you who have been following along know, I answered the question the way I always do.

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, seldom appears when there is no risk involved, and does not limit itself to what is convenient for institutions that sell the products creativity produces.

This community is comprised of people come who here for different reasons. Some are artists looking for tips that will help them achieve their goals. Some are writers, struggling like me in pursuit of the intangible and elusive knowing. All seem to be looking for a way to quiet doubt, embrace themselves fully, and touch the horizon.

I am here because I don’t subscribe to the popular conviction that you have to stick to a single focus, genre, or style. My life is my most important creation and, just as I would never paint a picture with a single color, I cannot paint my life with a narrow range of experience.

Consequently, my topics jump about a bit. If a topic doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. The next one might.

For me, everything is interwoven. What I learned as an artist is completely relevant to what I am discovering as a writer. Who I am with my friends informs who I am with my family, community, and world.

I look for the connections that inform and inspire me. Then, I try to share them in hopes they will inform and inspire you.

Thanks for being here, for listening, sharing, and contributing. Sometimes, as I wrestle with an idea or experience, I feel like you are holding my hand. I love to hear from you here, on twitter, and facebook. I also welcome email. You can reach me at destinyallison (at) aol (dot) com.