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Life's been good to me so far

I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.

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tina long-winded marie
24 October 1981
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"I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths, and a great fear of shallow living."
-Anais Nin

I'm a writer - an all over the place writer. A non-thematic and irregularly posting blogger, a private poet, and an acer of essays. An artist friend is illustrating my childrens' book for self publishing, and I have some exciting contributors for a narrative nonfiction project on medical PTSD that I hope someone will pick up.

I also have a small press publisher that believed in this collection of microfiction, which is now available - on Amazon.

That same publisher put out an ebook of 3 horror stories for Halloween 2012, one of which, "My Aunt Vicky's House," is mine. Click for Hallowed Horrors

I'm in grad school for social work, for several reasons, including to one day be a licensed therapist.

I'm also a trained crisis counselor, an armchair botanist, a budding herbalist, a wannabe mycologist, aaaaand a mother of five children (9-16 years old). I was a teen mom, and then a young attachment parent.

I'm a member of:
-United Plant Savers
-Florida Native Plant Society
-Society of Professional Obituary Writers
-The Order of the Good Death

"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much." - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Do you realize that everyone you love,
Someday, will die?
So instead of saying all of your goodbyes
Let them know you realize that life goes fast -
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go 'round;
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round....

-The Flaming Lips

The kids, Christmas 2009:

I write like I talk, minus many of the curse words. In real life I make eye contact, listen pretty well, and make people laugh unintentionally pretty often. I'm also so chill that people routinely wonder if I'm stoned. (I'm not!)
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