my 8-year-old

March 15, 2007

There were days when I couldn’t wait to come home and write. When all of this was shiny and brand new. When I didn’t know who was out there or whether anybody would even listen. When it didn’t matter.

Those days, when I first started wearing my heart on my sleeve. Eight years ago, those days.

I gave birth to a writing project, my first web site, and it changed my life.

And now, here I am, thrilled with everything that has happened to me since then, the places I’ve gone, the people I’ve met, the big life moments I have experienced. The kind of stuff I would have rushed home to tell you all about, except I’m still in it.


  1. mr. castro hughes says:

    this is going to be FUUUUUN!!!

  2. Cat says:

    I have to tell you that I only just found this website again a few weeks ago. But I was definitely reading you not real long after you started. I was…15? I didn’t realize then that you had just started. I guess I didn’t realize then that most of the internet had just started. I had just always been on it.
    I don’t know how I found you, but I did, somehow.

    I’m going to confess this nerdiness: you were a huge inspiration to 15 year old me, and I followed you all the way through high school. I loved your photos and your drawings and everything you wrote about. I really think that it had a lot to do with my going into art. It surely had an effect on how I looked at things. I know it must sound silly, but try to remember how impressionable 15 year olds are. And 18 year olds.

    Anyway, here I am, almost 23 and almost ready to graduate as an official painter and I somehow stumbled across your site again a little while ago. I just thought you might like to hear that you had a pretty deep effect on someone. And I wanted to say thanks.

  3. nicole filosa says:

    neat. I just flipped through a few pages of your life and your husband’s and i think it warmed my heart a little. I dont know maybe it’s the hot coffee i just sipped or maybe it’s joy i get knowing that real people really do exist and they really do have beating hearts!

  4. lisa s says:

    so glad you are here… what a milestone!
    {i think your 8 yr old site is a bit sassy, but also shy and ALWAYS looks good in rainbow sox!}

  5. Macy says:

    Wow (: That’s a pretty long time. I’ve had a site for almost a decade now and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Sad that I had to let go of my old domain, though, since I wasn’t the one paying for it. Haha!

    I love this cute little site of yours!

  6. Ky says:

    lucky me to be a bystander =)

  7. jackie says:

    it’s funny…someone else who commented has a very similar story to mine…i’ve commented before but not too often.

    i’ve also been a fan since i was probably 15 or so…back when it was still the colored squares. i’ve followed it ever since. i just wanted to thank you for sharing, you’ve def. influenced me as well.

  8. Kim says:

    This IS a really awesome site, Christine. It really is an example for others learning Web design.

  9. Alli says:

    I can’t believe I have been reading your words for eight years. You have always been such an inspiration.

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  • I run a darling, friendly, little graphic design studio.
    I look on the bright side.
    I take photos. Lots of photos.
    I wish on stars and on websites.

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    I launched, then relaunched, an online magazine.
    I admitted to several embarrassing crushes.
    I consumed more bacon than any human should and lived to tell the tales.

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