About Me

where I get to talk about myself

“It seems to me that Canadian sensibility has been profoundly disturbed, not so much by our famous problem of identity, important as that is, as by a series of paradoxes in what confronts that identity. It is less perplexed by the question "Who am I?" than by some such riddle as "Where is here?”

― Northrop Frye, The Bush Garden

The question, always: who am I? Who are you? Too many ways to answer that question, and at the same time, never enough. In fact, I remember at some point in my Creative Writing class, this topic came up:

What kind of questions reveal significant things about a character?

The answer we left with was "concrete things." He had the habit of leaving his wardrobe open. She had an old hand-carved wooden turtle on her desk at work. Things like that. I remember thinking, though, that it's equally important they be the right concrete things. I could say, for example, that I wake up at 6 a.m. every morning. And this may be true—but am I the sort of person who wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning? Am I the kind of person who pops into your mind when you hear "wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning"? I might not be. And in that case, that concrete detail of mine will not fulfill its role of introducing me very well at all.

At the same time, though, another question I have now is: if you have a lot of such details, then will the combination cancel out the misleading impressions, and be actually semi-successful in illustrating the person? If I bombard you with a list of favorite movies, songs, books, deserts (though that will be a short list), things on my desk (that will be a long list) and tell you the kind of shampoo I use, the color of my backpack, the color of my socks, the number of pockets on my favorite autumn jacket, and that I'm into shoes and earrings but cannot be convinced out of alternating between two pairs of jeans every day unless there is a very formal event—then will that work?

But the conversation was about fiction, my friends always tell me I overcomplicate things, and I digress. What I do know is that while the question is often more challenging than it at first poses itself to be, it's also not every day a person get an opportunity to take her time in figuring out the best way to unwrap herself. So here I go.

First, a clarification: I am not a cat. My site suggests it, my "name" suggests it (I'll come back to that in a bit) and the welcoming creature of the title page suggests it. But fortunately or unfortunately I am a human being.

I am a daydreamer and an artist. I'm an expert on starting things off, and as a result am always doing too many things at the same time—spreading myself thin. (Although one could argue about whether it's too thin, or just-right-thin—if there's anything as such.) I'm always thinking about something, then doodling or scribbling something down. Or sometimes the sequence gets reversed. Or mixed up. Then I find myself somewhere I didn’t really expect to be—and an artist knows that's the best part.

I call myself Diane Catsburrow Linnet. That is my pen name. I love cats and I love to burrow in everything I started. I am also allergic to them and therefore the ways I can get involved with them is quite limited. So no, this site is not about cats, either. Sorry. Strangely this seems to be a recurring thing: when Twitter just got started, my younger self made an account with the username "dreambasket" and a bunch of basketball fans followed me. I should have learned . . . but hey, I know very little about basketball but I do love cats!

For a brief professional history, I published a book entitled "Abigail’s Flight and other stories" on 2015. I’ve also worked on a literary magazine for three years, which feels like a short time now that I have published the last issue—on July 2016. Now a college student, I am studying English, Studio Art, and Creative writing at Dickinson College. More written and illustrated works are in progress.

Find out more about my works in the tabs above.

I like to write. I also like to draw, with charcoal, with pastels, with cheap ballpoints, with brush pens. I like to draw on large paper, but also like making digital art. I design posters. And make videos—animations. I also make websites (welcome), have a very basic grip of Java coding. I play the ukulele, and sing. Have I told you that I tago?

Let's try to put that into a more organized list. This is by no means all that I do, but better start somewhere!

1) Writing. Novels. Short stories. Poetry, although I still have mixed feelings about it.

Really, I like to write all kinds of creative fiction. I've so far published one book of short stories, and have published a literary magazine for three years. I have a page dedicated to it, which you can find above in the tabs, or here, if you prefer.

2) Visual art. A general yet lovely umbrella. Or is studio art a better term?

I love creating all kinds of artwork. I am yet to settle with a medium or favorite subject, but enjoy drawing animals and people with pen and ink. Charcoal and pastel are other favorites.

3) Animtion. Goes under visual art, but also, it's its own beast!

I got into animating late 2016, with an idea about a baby vampire struggling with his first dinner. The passion has continued ever since. It really is amazing that animation can capture motion like nothing else.

4) Design. Which is more art, yes.

Everything from poster design to business cards, book covers, postcards... This is smiliar to everything else that I love to do, in that one can cram a whole world of things into one aspect of design—like color, or font. Font is important. Font is very important.

5) Web coding

Does this website serve as a portfolio? I work with HTML, PHP, CSS, Javascript, and through Userfrosting (the open-source member management framework this website is harnessing) all kinds of new things and functionalities. More on the way, I promise!