As lifestyles go, being a millennial has its highs and lows.

On one hand there’s crippling college debt, limited traditional job opportunities, and this mildly disgusted-disapproving look to expect from most adults who see my blue hair and assume I’m 18 instead of 27 (it’s a thing).

On the other more enthusiastic and opportunistic hand, it has never been easier to educate yourself, learn new skills (often for free), connect with peers and idols, and generally enjoy the creations of amazing humans, all thanks to the good grace of the internet.

The way I see it, I should have received a textbook in the mail, shortly after my Hogwarts letter (still waiting), that would have explained how to write novels, make digital art, get a perfect bikini ready healthy body, and more, all from the comfort of my own home. Maybe it’s just an American dream thing – bigger, better, faster.

What they don’t tell you as a kid is that you can only be what you work for. You can only have what you earn. There is no textbook  that applies to everyone. You decide what direction you want your life to go at any given moment, what makes you happy.

Hi. I’m Ellie. I’m a nerdy girl who writes stories, makes art, is broken and hopeful, and ready to do the improbable. The only certain thing in life is, paradoxically, that nothing is certain. I can only tell you what I have experienced, what I think and believe. But of all the things I may say or do, I will be honest, and hopefully some of that will resonate with you. For years I’ve wished to have a nerdy mentor. Someone who was enthusiastic about shit, and could point me in a direction that felt right. In the absence of that, I’m figuring things out on my own. Maybe something I do will help you too.
Welcome. Let’s embrace this creative and chaotic thing called life together.

 

About

I’m Ellie Taylor, a writer and artist from the East Coast. Stories of all kinds tickle my fancy which is why this site exists.

I love stories, worlds, and creations like Harry Potter, Disney, Studio Ghibli, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, and Doctor Who.

I love creators who tell those tales and more, like Neil Gaiman, V.E. Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, John Lasseter, John and Hank Green, and Joss Whedon.

I love nerds who take these stories into their hearts and produce more awesomeness because of it, like  wizard rockers, fan artists, fan fiction writers, and enthusiastic people who share their love of things everywhere.

Most importantly, I’m deeply interested and engaged in understanding what about our lives makes these stories possible. The experiences and dreams that inform their creation and inspiration. The daily struggles to be productive, balance home and work lives. The mental illnesses, anxiety, depression, or physical health issues that rob creators of a stable working environment. It’s not enough for me to see niche collections of how art is made, or how to self publish a book. I want all the nitty gritty pieces that make up a person doing this IRL. How can a modern day millennial become a polymath and still pay their student loans?

This is my life, and I’m going to find out.

Welcome.

Contact

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