These days? She spends her time having her poetry published in journals and/or collections and she's released three collections of songs over the last few months -- which add up to an album -- for her solo project Miniature Soap.
We spoke to her recently about both her music and writing.
In the time since you left The Flying Tourbillion Orchestra, you've been focusing on your writing and solo recording work?
I left FTO/WS to focus on finishing a poetry manuscript and submitting it to contests. Last year, I got an email from Omnidawn Publishing saying my collection won their first/second book prize and they'd be publishing the poems in 2012. I was (and am) pretty ecstatic.
At that point, I was free to direct all my energies on completing this album that's been in the works for nearly six years. Jordan Hudock suggested I work with Raymond Richards at Red Rockets Glare and all three of us (four, including Franck Fiser - basically the Marvelous Toy crew) started recording a year ago. Hard to believe it's finally finished. Even though I tend to resist deadlines, I've learned to strictly enforce them in my creative life!
Would you say they're like a series of "concept EPs" that work into a larger whole?
What are your plans for playing the material live?
Last question: Whose music and writing have you most been enjoying lately?
Music: King Crimson. Geeking out on Robert Fripp. I'm trying to learn a ton of Beatles songs in my limited capacity - just like a true beginner guitar student, even though I've technically been playing for 10 years. Also, I can't get enough of St. Vincent!!!! And lately on Spotify I've been rocking Mariah Carey hits.
Reading: Varieties of Disturbance - Lydia Davis, Our Band Could Be Your Life - Michael Azerrad, Ventrakl - poems by Christian Hawkey, as well as a slew of other collections by various favorite poets (of course, this is all happens when I'm NOT streaming Breaking Bad on Netflix which has been nearly every day as of late)