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I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, with a crayon in one hand and a coloring book in the other. First I’d color pictures adding extra layers to dresses, high heeled shoes to feet, long sleeved gloves to arms, and lots of sparkly looking things around the edges of the picture. As I drew, I’d make up a story to go along with my picture. It was often about a princess named Janie, a dress designer named Janie, or a winged and bejeweled creature named, Janie.

I contributed to my first book in third grade. It was an anthology of class poems, however, I was a poem pig and had at least one poem on every page. My next book was written and illustrated in high school, followed by another when I was in college. Before “Paint Me a Monster” was published, I wrot
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“if you look hard enough you'll find what you don't want.”
Janie Baskin

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure ”
Joseph Campbell

“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“I have seen the best of you, and the worst of you, and I choose both.”
Sarah Kay

“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit




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