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Charting the Space Between Stars

Confessions & Map-Making

I'm self-conscious; I write, which would be great if I finished even a third of the things I start; I read; I like to do things with my hands; I have a degree in creative writing from a pretty decent university and am currently one of the layoff casualties of print media's decline (but first I got to be a reporter); I love music, and it's my favorite cathedral; I believe in a personal and specific God, but I don't think you and I have to be on the same page there (or even in the same book) to be close to each other; I wish I could be less serious; I still want to be a rock star; I believe there are worlds beyond this one, because there must be -- and I believe it's an imperative that we create more, as well and quickly as we can. I want my life, and yours, to be filled with wonder.

I keep a semi-frequently updated blip.fm channel, which you can find here:

Radio Aislinn
'zines, 100 portraits, alfred lord tennyson, allen ginsberg, amanda palmer, ani difranco, anne sexton, ansel adams, apologetics, ballet, baz luhrman, beat literature, blown glass, boondocks, buffy: the vampire slayer, butterflies, c.s. lewis, caitlin r. kiernan, calvin and hobbes, care bears, castle waiting, children's books, china mieville, chocolate, church, classical music, cocteau twins, coffee, comics, conversation, crochet, dance, dave mckean, david crowder band, demo, dianna wynne jones, disney, doctrine, donald miller, dreams, dresden dolls, dylan thomas, edward weston, essays, evangelism, faeries, fairy tales, fantasy, fashion, fiction, folklore, food, francesca lia block, french, friends, girl genius, glitter, god, graphic design, graphic novels, green, gunnerkrigg court, hayao miyazaki, history, holy spirit, intercession, jack kerouac, jane austen, jason upton, jenny lewis, jesus, joan of arc, john berryman, journaling, keith green, keith haring, kelley eskridge, laughing, learning, local, lyrics, makeup, maps, maxfield parrish, mighty mighty bosstones, mozart, musicals, my little pony, mythology, neil gaiman, nick cave, nicola griffith, npr, opera, people, pj harvey, planet karen, poetry, popular culture, prayer, preraphaelites, prophecy, psalms, purple, rainbow brite, rancid, reading, regina spektor, rent, rita springer, roald dahl, rob bell, saltillo, salvador dali, scott mccloud, she-ra, singing, sleep, social issues, spoken word, stories, sugar, sunday munich, superheroines, the crow, the cure, the hold steady, the pixies, the princess bride, theodore roethke, theology, tori amos, transmetropolitan, travel, victory, vincent van gogh, violin, visions, warren ellis, waterdeep, webcomics, william butler yeats, william gibson, wings, woodcuts, worship, writing, x-men, you