About the author: I’m a 30-something small town woman from Illinois. I see myself as a playful individual who is straightforward and has a somewhat sarcastic bite. I’m just as likely to throw out a witty comment as I am to do something completely goofy like balance a spoon on my nose in public. Also, I’m a bit of a geek and I get excited over stuff like robots, dressing up as a character from Firefly for Halloween, or seeing a new anime movie in the theatre.

I started my first online journal in 2000 as a way to stay in touch with friends while I studied abroad. I used to travel quite a bit and I have lived in the UK, Paris, and Tokyo; but Japan was my absolute favorite. I’ve done a tiny bit of freelance writing, and my first published article was a review of the first Harry Potter movie that I wrote in 2000 for my online journal and was picked up by a local paper. I also was a columnist for the “Kawaii Culture” column on the Tokyopop website for a few months. I’m currently working in a library and have moved back to my hometown.

About the blog: This is a fun, personal website where I link to things I like, talk about my interests, review books, movies, and tv, publish doodles & jottings, and generally be creative.

My current tagline is Kaizen, Kawaii, Moxie!

Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning “small continual improvement” and I use it because I tend to focus too much on big changes and then get frustrated and overwhelmed. I want to focus on small things like doodles, quick links to click on, and writing shorter pieces.

Kawaii is the Japanese word for “cute” and that’s just part of my personality. I’ll post a funny lolcats picture or a list of my current favs whenever the mood strikes me. It cheers me up and maybe you too.

Moxie (an English word!) means having spirit, courage, and maybe being a little feisty. I used to be shy growing up, but now I’m quite opinionated and I’m sure that will come out in my brainstorms and reviews.