Dorothy Ogda Laxtonis creating "Cath-art-sis"
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🤗 receive a printable, PDF copy of my self-published chapbook: “whisper & ROAR”.
🤗 have access to a weekly patrons-only recap of my creative activities that will include peeks at works in progress.
🤗 opportunities to otherwise contribute to the manifestation of creative energy through me.
🤗 and, my endless gratitude.
Welcome! Thank you for joining me on my "Cath-art-ic" adventures in processing Way Too Much Information
What does that mean?
Born with, what I believe to be, an extreme sensitivity to energies of all kinds, my mind is constantly bombarded with ideas and inspirations. Way Too Much Information, pretty much all of the time. Some of it dark. Some of it amusing. Much of it awesome and beautiful in unexpected ways. All of it with some intangible value that deserves appreciation. Often presented as some curiously twisted combination of it all, it reaches me in whatever form the universe sees fit. And, I in turn, wish to present it to the world.
Ultimately, my purpose is to move you. To show you things of true value. To remind you of the endless forms value takes. To convey the awesome beauty I am shown, both apparent and hidden in the most uncomfortable truths. To share with you the endless flood of visions I see; the messages I hear; the forces I feel; the range of energies I receive and experience.
Why I am here?
I firmly believe that things of true value cannot and should not be measured in dollars. To ask for remuneration to share these things inhibits the free flow of creative energy. And, simply put, it feels wrong. Over fifteen years ago, I was told by a doctor that I needed a “patron so that (I) could go do all of the creative things (I) should be doing”. At the time, you were not here. And, I needed to earn my keep. In the name of financial stability, I strayed far from my natural, creative path and got fairly lost in the weeds.
For years, my creator played behind the scenes, transforming the stress of living contrary to my purpose into:
😜 doodles and other scratchings on whatever paper was most readily available.
😜 continuous, open-office improv comedy.
😜 witty and/or thought-provoking banter in coffee lines and on transit rides.
😜 tens of thousands of image files captured on the fly, some shared on social media as time and the internet have permitted.
😜 sub-conscious composition that spit out songs as I commuted around the "real world".
😜 the intermittent flow of streams of consciousness in a poetry forum.
😜 and, when “life” permitted, stepping upon an open stage to purge/share.
Brought to the harsh realization that the life I was living was everything but what I believe life should be, I am shifting the focus of my work-ethic from survival to self-actualization. Allowing myself to, finally, identify as and be the multi-disciplinary "cath-art-ist" (storyteller/wordsmith/balladeer/photographer/artist/performer/orator/
philosopher/psycho-socio-economist/messenger/prophet?) I was born as. Dedicating myself to creating. And, having faith that you will find enough value in what I offer to supplement the income I have to forgo (a gross salary of roughly $4,000 CAD/month) so I can get down to my real work.
What am I offering you?
All of it really. Today, the best I can offer you is my story. This dramatic comedy as it unfolds. I have numerous projects on the go and a plethora waiting in the wings. They fall under four, often overlapping categories: writing, music, visual arts and performance. And, they range from a line of individually hand-crafted greeting cards to a full-scale musical production.
Today, I am inviting you to join me on this journey; witness creation as it happens; take any value that you find; and, reciprocate as you see fit. I welcome non-monetary contributions (thoughts, ideas, stories, reflections, criticisms, cheers, commissions) with, at least, as much appreciation as I do donations. They are the best kind of energy to receive and transform.
With that in mind, I only have one membership tier of $1 or more. Every patron will receive a printable, PDF copy of my self-published chapbook: “whisper & ROAR”; have access to a monthly patrons-only recap of my creative activities that will include peeks at works in progress; opportunities to otherwise contribute to the manifestation of creative energy through me; and, my endless gratitude.
May you always find smiles, especially in the darkest corners!😊
Dorothy (a.k.a. stresscookie)