Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 by Zoe
Hello world! Welcome to my new blog. My name is Zoe, I’m twenty-four years old, and I live in the (currently) cold and snowy state of Maine.
I’ve always been interested in art, starting from when I was very young. When I was thirteen or fourteen, I got hooked on the anime/manga craze and began drawing in the shoujo style, filling sketchbook after sketchbook with my drawings. I loved trying out different media and had a large collection of colored pencils, markers, watercolors, and acrylic paint. When I was in high school, I thought I would major in art in college, but for some reason always insisted on taking advanced placement academic classes rather than art classes. By the time I was a senior, I had taken a whopping one art course and didn’t have a strong enough portfolio to consider applying to any art schools.
Instead, I chose to major in English at the University of Maine. English was a subject I had rather enjoyed during high school, due to the many excellent teachers I had. Unfortunately, I discovered that I had neither the patience nor love for analyzing literature like the rest of my fellow English majors. I decided halfway through my second year to change my major to new media, which is what I now hold a degree in. The combination of art and programming was what initially drew me in and kept me going throughout my years in the program.
Although my English degree did not pan out, I still consider myself a writer. In 2010 I finally participated in NaNoWriMo, something I had been wanting to do for the last six years. After being behind all month, I managed to finish on November 30 with a novel of 50,196 words. Winning was both exciting and empowering for me. I can’t wait to work on revisions for my novel and start working on other new stories.
I also love to read; fantasy, young adult, and historical novels are what you can usually find on my reading list. I’m an unabashed re-reader; if it was good enough to read once, it’s worth reading again! (It also makes me feel less guilty about buying expensive paperbacks.)
My other great love is web design. I’ve been designing websites since I was in high school (R.I.P., Geocities.) It was my major focus throughout my studies in New Media. If you are so inclined, you can check out some samples of my work in the portfolio section of this site.
I hope to combine my love for reading, writing, and design in this blog, along with my other artsy and geeky pursuits. You can expect to read book and music reviews, art and design that I admire, and perhaps some of my own designs and writing. I look forward to beginning this online adventure, so without further ado, let us hoist the sails and set off for the open sea!