About

I’m a little odd…

 

Why?

I’ve been through a lot in the three decades I’ve walked this planet, both good and bad. I’ve learned all sorts of things, especially since I have so many interests, and my mother’s favorite slogan was “sharing is caring”, so here I am. I have many reasons for building this blog, but the most important of my goals is simply to help others avoid or endure the same kind of trouble I’ve found, to let them know that things will get better, that they aren’t alone, and that beauty and happiness can always be found as long as you know where to look.

Beyond that first goal, teaching comes second. I have always loved teaching someone, anyone, whatever they want to learn, so I plan to spread whatever knowledge I can. You will also find opinion pieces, and there will be articles that are meant to inspire debates and conversations among my readers. So far, they haven’t been super effective, but I’m still hoping they’ll pick up eventually. All I want from those articles is to provoke friendly, respectful, logical discussions on a wide range of topics and issues.

What?

Though life if my favorite subject it certainly isn’t my only interest. Before I cover the kinds of articles that can be found here, I’d like to explain just what my tagline means, which is a solid representation of what I plan to write here.

What you see here is ‘come what may’.

For some, my intention with this phrase might be obvious, while others interpret it in a completely different light. Either way, you’re precisely correct. Basically, what I was trying to say when I wrote this is ‘I write about anything and everything that has happened or will happen to me’. I never know what I might learn tomorrow, but more likely than not you’ll see something about it on my blog eventually.

Every blogger is influenced by their interests, of course. After practicing crochet for 13 years, as well as knitting and spinning yarn for 2, it’s a good bet that articles for crafters will pop up from time to time. I’ve also learned a good deal about working chain mail, making jewelry, beading, fiber dying, and other crafts so be prepared to find those subjects here.

I’m an animal lover in every way, and I have a particular soft spot for cats. I’ve also learned some interesting techniques in caring for and training them, so I plan to teach others how to do so as well. I’ve worked with dogs for years and have some tips about them, as well. Nature, in general, never ceases to amaze me, so it’ll be a fairly common subject (I always love a good thunder storm).

My personal interests cover just about anything, like movies, music, books, art, science, technology… Well, pretty much anything you name will sound interesting to me, and I’ll want to learn about it. I’ve always felt like a mental sponge: I just soak up as much as I can about everything.

Who?

My name is Mira Kraz. Alright, that isn’t my real name, but I had a good reason for using a pseudonym, I promise. When both your surname and first name are some of the most common titles used in America it’s usually a good idea to come up with something a little more unique. You have no idea how badly I wanted to use my real name (I have a lot of pride in my family and bloodlines), but it was easy to see, after a few Google searches, that if I’d done that no one would have ever found my books and I’d never succeed as an author.

Alright, let’s roll with that last line. I’m an author. But I’m not your usual author. I write in every single genre, and I can conform to whatever structure I want to use. It seems like a lot of authors tend to specialize (like only writing in romance, where they’re well-known), and I completely understand the benefits to it (as well as the dangers for those who break that rule), but I’ve never been able to keep myself under a single category like that. I seriously can’t zero in my imagination in such a way; it’s just the way my mind works. Long story short, I’m anything but average, which I’m sure you’ll see on your own if you hang with me here.

I have a lot of plans for self-publishing books, but right now I’m so focused on growing my blog, trying to nab some jobs with magazines, expanding my social network, and getting my application in for the Amtrak Residency program that I just don’t have time to work on the manuscripts I have lined up. But I will, eventually, publish more of my mini-novels.

When?

Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to adapt to a solid schedule due to certain quirks of mine. I have tried so many times, and it only worked once (but that was because it was a highly controlled environment), so don’t hold your breath. Basically, as soon as I wake up (whenever that might be) I hop on my laptop, even before I get my coffee, and start working. I continue working all day, and I get so engrossed that I lose track of time and rarely do anything else during my alert hours. Lately, I’ve just been posting articles as soon as they’re complete, so new posts would happen in that time frame, but that will soon change.

After forgetting (like a complete noob) that I could schedule posts to publish at a later (and more opportune) moment so many times, I am stubbornly determined to never let it happen again. One of the reasons for posting my articles as soon as they were done was because my blog seemed so empty, but I think it’s filled out a good deal now, so I’m beyond the initial stage. Soon I’ll sit down and figure out a decent, convenient schedule for publishing, and as soon as I’ve decided I’ll let everyone know.

When my situation is ideal, I tend to post at least one article a day, sometimes even more than that, but I can’t always get what I want. There are times, like when I had to attend jury duty recently, when pressing engagements will override my ability to pound the keys all day. It’s because of the random nature of the events of my life that the frequency of my activity fluctuates so much from day to day. I’m hoping that scheduling all of my posts will help to balance this inconsistency out.

Where?

This blog is my home, at least mentally speaking. This is a place where I plan to reveal a lot of details about my life and personality, and some of them won’t be pretty. I have some very raw emotional wounds, and I plan to open them up and pour a little salt on them, not only because it’s a way to remember what caused that pain, but also because the only way to start healing is to take on such flaws head-on. Although I hope to someday gather a significant following of readers and fellow bloggers, and one of my biggest goals is to help at least one other person by demonstrating what not to do through my own personal experiences, this site is for no one but myself. The articles I write here are for anyone and everyone, for whoever needs them, but the act of writing them, the energy required to create my confessions, has a very personal purpose.

I’m always broke, so it’ll probably be a very long time before I can move this blog. Actually, I’ve been considering staying here even after I can afford it, anyway. The WordPress community is pretty interesting, and the platform is great. So, for now, I have no choice but to use a free account, and thus a long URL, but the least I plan to do once I have a larger income is to purchase my own domain. Other than that, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere anytime in the foreseeable future. I’m here to stay!

As far as the location of my physical presence, I currently live in the southeast area of Portland, OR. I used to absolutely love this city, but my affection has deteriorated over the past few years due to several reasons that I won’t get into at this moment. Anyway, there’s a good chance that I won’t be here for much longer. Don’t worry,though! I’m trying to convince my fiancé to move to somewhere interesting, like Arizona, or back to our hometown in northern Idaho. I can’t wait to do some exploring soon (or possibly some re-exploring)!

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