I spent approximately two days trying to come up with an appropriate name that was a reflection of what I want to write about, and I believe that is a great place to start. When I was very young, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. Until then, I had no idea that calico was anything other than the coloring of my orange and black and white cat, but the description penned to paper of the fabric brought home from town to make Ma’s dress made me believe that calico fabric was the fabric of royalty. The blue and white pattern described in the story was the stuff of dreams for me. And not only that, Ma sewed herself a dress out of that fabric. The definition of calico is a coarse, brightly colored fabric, historically colored black and red, and commonly with a flower design. Though I now know calico fabric to be common, it is also versatile. In the hands of a skilled creator, it can become royal.
When I originally started writing, I wanted to keep my identity a secret. I wanted to anonymously discuss far-fetched theories, bake and write with wild abandon, and share with the world what inspires and impassions me. More than anything this is a learning experience for me, and a way for me to focus my energy and focus my career. I have worked very hard to get where I am, but something better whispers to me. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Rangeland Ecology. All I want to do is bake. I have been blessed with a turning point in my life where I am able to reassess my career and choices, and truly pursue what challenges and inspires me.
Hopefully, by writing every day and following my instincts, a trend will emerge. I pray that I will have the courage to believe in myself and to pursue whatever it is that I love the most.