Hi, I'm Katie. I'm a 27-year-old musician with a passion for writing and streaming. Aside from writing on Vocal, I stream on twitch. I play a variety of games. In May of 2021, I lost my dearest grandfather and it's forever changed me.
Stray focuses on one cat's journey through an underground cybercity while interacting with an AI embodying a small friendly drone, robots called Companions, and the not-so-friendly mutant bacteria that look like glowing ticks called Zurks. As you control this small little orange cat you have to work through challenges, obstacles, and tasks while working your way through the storyline. Stray delivers a continuously intriguing plot that keeps your interest while also pulling at your heartstrings.
Two Years Later...
It's been two years since my grandfather passed away suddenly. Two years since the day I found him lying lifeless in his bed. I'd like to say I've moved on and found peace, but to be honest I'm just kind of moving forward. The whole world passing by me like a blur. There are still moments where I find myself wishing he was here. One bad day and I feel like a little girl again. Sitting in my computer chair crying for my grandfather. Wishing this reality was just a bad dream I could wake from. A dream I could escape from to a reality... where May 20th, 2021 never happened. Where I didn't find my beloved Pappy face down in his own bed. A reality where his heart didn't give out on him. That's grief for you.
Sara sat at her art table contemplating what to draw next. She had a deadline on her portfolio but had no idea what to do for her final piece. A piece about imagination. Slowly the sun outside started setting and the world around her grew quiet. Clearly sketching wasn't helping her creativity flow. Sara knew she needed help. She pulled out her phone and texted her dear friend. "I'm stuck and I'm not sure what to do for this piece. How am I supposed to sketch something that is imaginative?", she typed with a sigh. If anyone could help her it had to be her friend. She took one breath and then hit send patiently waiting for a response. A very slow response.
Going the Distance
It's been a constant idea that as we grow from child to teen to adult we experience love in one way or another. Whether it's the crush in junior high or the first real relationship in high school to finding true love and starting a journey through life as adults. Some people fall in love one time and end up marrying that first love. Some might be what's considered "Late Bloomers" and take their time finding love. Some fall in and out of love many times before finding that one. That being said the more advanced technology becomes the more you find people connecting with other people in different states or even different countries. Some might find they connect with someone on a much deeper level despite the distance beginning what we would refer to as a long-distance relationship.
I still miss you
May 20th, 2021 my life forever changed. Growing up I never really had a father. Between the abuse I endured at age five at the hands of his girlfriend at the time and his family's dislike of my hard-working, dedicated mother he was never around. That being said I had a really great grandfather... I called him Pappy. He helped raise and teach my brother and I. Taught my brother how to draw and encouraged my love for music. He went to my band events... even helped pay for some of them. It's because of him and my mom that I got to go to Disney in 2011. He was my father figure. Wise and stern yet kind and gentle. May 20th of last year... I lost that father figure. He had passed away from a heart attack in his sleep and I found him that morning. It has been a year.
I wish I could find all the words that best describe my mother. However, words just seem to fall short. No matter what she continued to push through the struggles life would throw at her. She kept doing so in order to give my brother and me a safe place to grow. A place that is full of support and love. Life growing up was never easy. It was hard on my mom with her being a single parent. She worked all the time just to provide but never complained about it. She had to face trials, tribulations, and fears, but she always persevered.
The moon sat in the dark sky. Full and bright as the first snowfall of the winter came upon a small town. The town sat quietly on this cold night. Right on the outskirts of this small town lived a willow tree. Beautiful but haunting. As the snow drifted down hard, covering the lush green grass with ease a lone wolf slowly walked through the path towards the willow... a tree his pack calls the Great Willow Tree. With sadness in his heart, the wolf sat under the Great Willow tree. He stared up at the bright full moon as soft white snowflakes brushed against his grey fur. On one of the branches above sat a bird. This bird stared up at the moon as if it had the same longing as him. Just then a distant howl startled the bird causing it to fly off. As the snow fell from the branch the wolf's heart sank. Loneliness setting in. Slowly the wolf walked away from the Willow to the town below; the image of the bird lingering.
2022: Journey to Finding Inner Peace
When I think of New Year's resolutions I end up making a list. Everything from working out to eating healthy and even some fun activites that I've wanted to do for so long. This year I'm adding something different to the list. For someone like me who suffers from long-time chronic anxiety just the thought of functioning as a normal person seems like a fever dream. The feeling of panic clinging to you or hovering over you like a dark cloud. One thing I did in the past to help calm my thoughts was meditation but over the years I have lost touch with that inner peace. After the sudden death of my grandfather, my anxiety seems to have only worsened and I feel it's time to calm the monster and center my thoughts.
So I'm a Twitch Streamer
Yes, I'm a twitch streamer. I enjoy playing video games and streaming the content for fun. That being said I haven't always felt confident in my decision for this future. Before my life in front of a monitor, I had a whole different set of plans for my life.
My Wonder Woman
Today superheroes have become some of the biggest inspirations. They are role models to everyone including myself. However, not all superheroes wear capes. My mother isn't a superhero in the technical sense of the word. She doesn't have superhuman abilities, but all my life she's been my superhero. From my beating to juggling my band events with her schooling and my brother's health she's never ceased to amaze me.
Sweet as Honey!
If I could pick one word to describe my cat it would be "savior." Honey wasn't bought, adopted, or given to me, but instead, she came into my life when I needed her the most. A tiny stray who was surprisingly very affectionate and friendly. I jokingly say that she adopted me and not the other way around.