This is Me. (On Paper)

I’m SnapDragon. Well, not really. It’s just a nom de plume because I have anxiety and it’s just easier that way.

I’ll start with the basics. I’m a 30-something stay-at-home wife with a passion for contemporary fiction, travel, delicious food, and quality artistry. By quality artistry I mean music, cinema, paintings, and other creations that are authentically produced. I’m not interested in performers and ghost-writers. I want the real-deal, made-with-her-own-hands experience. True quality takes years–maybe even a lifetime–of dedication, practice, and experience. I have the utmost respect for artists (of any medium) who create and produce original work. Life’s too short to waste on cheap imitations.

I’m also a certified high school English teacher. I taught for the better part of a decade in a high-risk, urban area. In short, I met teens from all around the world and aged about twenty years from the stress of it all. My students taught me invaluable lessons about life I will never forget. I’ll return to the classroom one day, but for now I’m home, and grateful.

I’m working on my first novel, which I vow to submit for publication by 2027. I also paint expressionist pieces, which you can view on my Instagram @snapdragonsong1987. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by my desire to create that I sit on the couch and watch hours of Food Network instead.

What else, what else? I love living a simple life with my husband and two cats. I love being home, under a blanket, and cozied up. I have no desire for high-risk adventure, but delight in the fictitious mishaps of the silver screen.

Above all, I just want to be an authentic person. Whether it’s through my creative output or day-to-day interactions, I hope to spread a little positivity, intelligence, and compassion to others.

Thanks for stopping by.

So. Here you are, on my dinky little blog site.

I’ve decided to have zero expectations for this venture, as the popularity of blogging tends to correlate with the disappearance of quality television. And let’s be serious: We live in The Golden Age of TV. There are a dozen shows you could binge right now instead of reading the two-bit opinions of a complete stranger. But for those of you who still appreciate the written word–complete with capitalization and proper punctuation–I hope to provide a little speck of cyber space to scratch you right where you itch. (Metaphorically, of course.)

If you’re anything like me, you perhaps crave fresh slices of notebook paper, a pen with silky-smooth ink, and a quiet room in which to contemplate the world around you. Each day you notice the simplest of things, the odd, neurotic behavior of others (but mostly yourself) and wonder, “Is this really happening? What the f is wrong with humanity?” Or maybe just when you’re ready to throw up your hands at the selfishness of our species you experience the smallest act of kindness and think, “Okay. Maybe all hope is not lost.”

So the purpose of this project is to capture those moments of human interaction–the weird, the beautiful, and the I-just-shit-my-pants-funny–in order to make a little more sense of our time on this planet. Maybe you’ll read on, or maybe you already bailed to watch BoJack Horseman (which I completely endorse, by the way. But hopefully you’ll do that in addition to being a part of this little community).

And so, here’s to you, Dear Reader. Let’s raise a craft beer to one another over the interwebs and realize that we have more in common than we think.

We are not alone.