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Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Slight Retraction

First off, this is not a retraction on any of the wonderful women I interviewed back in March and shared in April. This is actually a slight retraction about something I shared about myself in one of the interviews in the beginning, and I'm actually kind of lucky that I'm posting it in May because May is Mental Health Awareness.  During March I interviewed my sister by bond, Kristen where there was a trigger warning because we were talking about eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. In that post, I said we had already got help… When I posted hers in the beginning of April. Well in the beginning of April, I found out I was incorrect, but only about my own health. My own struggle with my eating disorder has come and gone for over fifteen years, and since I was so good at hiding it eventually even I thought I was… alright.  TRIGGER WARNING: To all those who are struggling through eating disorders. But in February of this year I posted something in the Obey Me 💜💙 (a mobile ga

Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Erudessa Gentian

  Erudessa Gentian is multi-talented, adventurous, and supportive to all of her creative friends and colleagues. She was the farthest person I interviewed in Japan.  Kaylyn Gabbert : I know you are a busy woman who models, acts, writes, and probably does so much more. What creative aspiration did you follow first? Erudessa Gentian : Honestly, music would have been first. My parents first got me started on the piano at four, then the harp at five or six. And I was singing for as long as I can remember. Then I added other instruments. Then I was doing skits and acting. As I got older, I started getting bigger roles and full blown roles. As for the writing, it was a secret to everyone. It was cathartic for me to write about what I was learning and seeing people go through and turning it into story form. When my family found out I was doing it, they wanted to read it. Wait, songwriting came before my family found out about my creative writing. I was at a festival with my band (can't re

Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Clara Y.

  Clara is the most pure-hearted woman you will ever meet. When we met she offered me a ride home after I fell, and she didn't even know where I lived. She's a hard-worker, talented, and very creative.  Kaylyn Gabbert : I remember when we first met we met at a tutoring program for kids. What got you into tutoring? Clara Y. : For tutoring in general, it was seeing a person go from not knowing something to knowing something and being a part of their learning's process. Everyone has different learning processes, and I like seeing what makes the material click for each person. And you also learn from that. Also growing up, people helped me with learning a skill, colorguard, math, and reading, and it really helped me a lot.  KG : Have you always wanted to give back? CY : I never thought of it as giving back. I just think of it as being there for others like they have been there for me. Like a community. No one can do things on their own. I've never really thought about it li

Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Nephrys Darkwater

  Nephrys Darkwater and I met years ago in a writing group before making a few of our own. We work pretty well at encouraging and supporting other creative minds together. She's a phenomenal author, a sweetheart when it comes to editing (she's edited my work before), and she knows what she wants.  Kaylyn Gabbert : Nephrys Darkwater is a unique name. What inspired it? Nephrys Darkwater : So I was fourteen when I had first created the name Nephrys Darkwater. I've been fascinated by Ancient history, back then I was especially keen on Egypt. One of the goddesses is Nepthys. I really liked that name and it just became Nephrys. The Darkwater part was added on from an old cartoon I remember growing up watching called The Pirates of Dark Water. Released in 1991 with only one season and it was never completed, but it's still a great show. KG : What inspires your writing? ND : I have loved books since I was a toddler. My mom has old videos of me pushing aside presents to get to m

Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Beth Boss

  Beth Boss is one of my coworkers at a game company, but she's multi-talented as well. She's never afraid to speak her mind, always there for her friends, and she's an animal.  Kaylyn Gabbert : I know you have mentioned that your sister got you into writing. Can you tell me how she got you into it? Beth Boss : To the best of my recollection, since I was five at the time and I'm pulling from the vault here. I basically wanted to be like my older sister, but by the time I reached twelve, thirteen I realized I wasn't writing to copy her. I was writing because I loved it.  KG : Did she also get you into tutoring and sharing advice? BB : I did tutoring on my own in college, but she did get me into sharing advice. She started a workshop with one of our local libraries, and she originally wanted me to audit it. I actually ended up becoming a co-instructor for the program though. We did a teen writing workshop which was the core of the program and we even started an adult

Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Mama Chico

  Mama Chico is now my mother-in-law, but we go way back and she's way more than just that to me. She always has been. Mama Chico is loving, fierce, and the absolute toughest woman I know. I admire her, and I was really excited to do this interview with her.  Kaylyn Gabbert : I clearly remember what you were like when we met online. You were sweet with enough blend of, 'if you keep up the stupid shit, I'll kick your ass'. Are you like that everyone? Mama Chico : Yes I am. I feel like everyone needs a push every now and then. KG : I also remember that every time I came to you vulnerable, even from across the country you were always right there with whatever I needed. Then I heard about you taking in 'Strays'. For those of us who don't know, what are 'Strays'? MC : Strays are what I call my extra children. As my kids were growing up and bringing home friends I noticed that some of them didn't have a good home life I guess you could say. So I kind o

Women's Empowerment Month Collection: Abigail Falanga

  Abigail Falanga is a talented author who always looks out for other writers. She inspires them every day with very thought-provoking questions. She's creative in so many aspects though, which is why I'm so lucky she penciled me into her tight schedule.  Kaylyn Gabbert : How long have you been writing? Abigail Falanga : I've been writing since I was about twelve, so at least twenty years if not longer.  KG : What got you into writing your own retelling of fairy tales? AF : I've always been fascinated with fairy tales. I didn't know fairy tale retellings were a thing until fairly recently. I found a challenge to do a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. [We discusses other retellings Bluebeard and Dangerous Tales] KG : I've never heard of The Twelve Princesses until I saw you were writing your own retelling. What is it about? AF : A king has twelve daughters, whose dancing shoes are always mysteriously worn out. Determined to find out why, he announces th