Because it’s 2013, and it had just occurred to me that this blog now is coming up on its fourth birthday, and also because my readership has grown, I feel that I should lay down a little something. This is an unofficial bio, and in case you hadn’t figured out what you’re in for while reading this blog, this is effectively your fair warning. :)
Who I am:
Photographer, graphic designer, author, accountant, not necessarily in that order. Ambitious, intelligent, lover of music, classical and jazz, lover of adventure and travel, always up and at ’em, always doing something, and always struggling to “get it right”, despite the knowledge that there’s no such thing as perfection or ideal.
I am middle-class but not in the “growing up in a house, mom, dad, and 2.5 children” sense. I’m middle-class in the “working my ass of to sustain myself in the most expensive city in the US to live in, while constantly dreaming of making it in the creative medium” sort. I have a full-time job, a freelance job, a business, and no life. I’m divorced and don’t date, but I’m somewhat, slightly, a romantic. I just am not the marrying kind, and it took me having been there to acknowledge it. I have friends, a lot of them I met through music, and they’re my family every bit as much as my own mother is.
I’m a progressive liberal and unashamed of it, but willing to consider and often read other points of view, and my progressive liberalism, 15 years ago, would’ve been classified as moderate-to-Republican. My approach to all things political is to ask how it will affect the people on the very bottom of the barrel, and how it will affect the country as a whole in the long run, and I find that no one party has an answer, but putting together several solutions and cooking them can produce a palatable and satisfying dish. I’m an equalist and – depending on your definition – a feminist.
I think and contemplate constantly. I have an eidetic memory and an IQ that is a bit “up there”, and a side effect of it is that I can never forget something completely. I still recall the exact thing that my friend wore when I first met him in a tiny little nightclub on Great Jones Street when we met, and can approximate a conversation transcript. I don’t sleep often. I do absolutely nothing for free. And I always, always keep going.
What I do here:
I write. Plain and simple, I write. I write about relevant topics in writing, music, and the world, I write about social issues, I write about things that hurt me, about things that frustrate me, and about things that make me happy. I write. I write because I cannot help it, and it’s as much in my blood as hemoglobin. I write for profit; I have four books out and working on the fifth. I write here to engage my audience.
What you have to keep in mind:
I will piss you off. If you disagree with me, okay – you’re entitled to disagree. But I will piss you off in eliciting that disagreement. I will ruffle your feathers. I will be profane, I will talk about things that are not often talked about, I will discuss difficult and offensive topics, and I will push the envelope. I will piss you off. But if at the end of being pissed off you start to think about things, and think about why I pissed you off, and think that maybe, maybe you may want to contemplate this a little further, then I consider it a job well done.
I come from a different school of thought. I was not born in the US, even though so far, I spent most of my life here, and am a citizen without any intent of changing that. But I retained the school of thought from my countrypeople and my parents, the school that puts survival above all. I’m 27, but an old soul in a young body. I lived through more at 27 than some 40-year-olds I know. I’m practical to a fault, and a survivor to a fault. When it comes down to it, and the chips are thrown down, I will always, always listen to my instinct of self-preservation. And everything I write, everything I say takes my pragmatism and survival instinct into account first.
Where you can buy my work:
Yep, my work is for sale. Photos: http://kgilrainejazz.smugmug.com
And, as they say, that’s all, folks!
For right now, anyway.