July 19, 2011
Now that I’ve been blogging at The Woo Woo Teacup Journal for 7 years (October 23 is this blog’s anniversary), I figured it was time to update my About page. Don’t worry. I’ll hang on to my first rambling About page, so you can read it if you want, but I have a better sense of the direction of The Woo Woo Teacup Journal now and wanted to tighten up my introduction to new readers. (You can find the old About page by hovering over About Redux above my blog’s title.)
My name is Mary Warner and I live in Central Minnesota. I am a writer and artist or an artist and writer depending on where you catch me in my life cycle. I come from an artistic family and was never discouraged from making art. I earned a BFA in visual arts with a concentration in weaving. I practice a number of fiber arts (knitting, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, weaving), enjoy drawing and book layout and have recently been introduced to bookbinding.
While I’ve had a knack for writing since at least high school, I never considered writing as a profession until after college. I began writing for work at a tourism office (“painting pictures with words,” as my mother-in-law suggested) in about 1993. That’s when I realized writing could be a career.
I do gobs of writing in my work as Museum Manager for the Morrison County Historical Society. Along with the typical letters, emails, grant proposals, project descriptions, website text, tweets, press releases, and brochures, I write articles on local history and have co-authored “Little Falls on the Big River” and “A Big Hearted Paleface Man: Nathan Richardson & the History of Morrison County, Minnesota.” This latter book I co-authored with Nate, who’s been dead since 1908.
I also write outside of work. My writing practice includes keeping The Woo Woo Teacup Journal, authoring and self-publishing a collection of linked short stories called “Greenville: Where Longing Meets Loss,” and playing with sestinas, flash fiction, and essays.
The Necessary Disclaimers:
Whatever appears on The Woo Woo Teacup Journal is mine alone and does not reflect the views of my employer. I take both credit and responsibility for what I post.
If ever I receive remuneration for any of the products I discuss (and I’ve been known to discuss products with more regularity than I would have expected, but hopefully not in an annoying way), I will let you know.