Well, my name is Alexa. Alexa Messer, if you’re that interested, and trying to figure out how to begin this silly little “About Me” page has been more of a struggle for me than starting any of my novels.
But honestly, how many normal people know how to pitch themselves?
Before I decided to launch my Etsy shop (coming this December) and ultimately a brand, my bio began with what I felt was a very typical and boring, “Hi, my name is Alexa Messer, and I do such and such.” And no matter how many variations of it I write, I feel as if I come across as very naïve and, as much as I loathe to admit it, uninteresting as I’ve yet to publish my first novel and my resin business is still in the developmental stages.
I’ve noticed some successful small businesses and authors (indie or traditionally published) have their assistance or PR people write it for them, fluff them up and make them likeable, but that’s impossible for me because I don’t have either of those things. Just a beautifully honest best friend that would tell you I’m loud and hilarious – if you don’t mind talking about sex – and that I curse like a sailor and that you should never ask me a question if you don’t want me to really answer.
That I love people, my little boy most of all, and the diversity and wonder that our planet and all its inhabitants can inspire when they remember to be selfless, kind, and creative; and that the only things I cannot stand are intolerance, bigotry, and a know it all attitude.
That I’m a talented woman who loves to write, and that I pour myself into it for hours; that the bookmarks and jewelry I create are as beautiful and as thought out as every sentence that I put onto a page; and that I worry too much about perfection, agonizing over every microbubble in the resin as much as I do every word I write.
Notice she wouldn’t say that I like books or hot chocolate or that I’m a mom or a wife or baker, because those are superficial, encompassing things: nouns lacking real context. Those are not the things that matter when people really know you. Your nouns (whether they be what you like or what you are) aren’t the things that make people like and care about you any more than they are what makes a book worth reading.
Writing this over and over again, I felt disconnected from my audience. Like you weren’t really seeing me. In writing my About Me this way, I’m hoping you’ve learned more about the details of my personality – who I am. My adjectives rather than my nouns, because it’s the adjectives and details that make a story more. People are the same.
So, what is Arrows and Atlases?
I first started Arrows and Atlases as a way to share my writing journey in an informal, friendly kind of way, and grow a community and support network for the novels I’m working on, but since the websites launch in 2017, it’s grown into a place where I share book reviews, and soon it will be a business. (Etsy launching December, 2020.)
Currently, I’m a one woman show, creating and selling resin bookmarks, jewelry, and more inspired by books, botanicals, and beautiful everyday things.
Producing quality items while being as eco-friendly as possible was my top priority when I decided I wanted to turn my resin passion into profits. However, there are unfortunately things about resin work that are necessities, such as nylon gloves and sanding masks, that create plastic waste, but I’m proud to say that I use VOC* free, food safe resin to provide you with safe products with less of an environmental impact. In my craft room, you’ll only find reusable silicone mixing cups and utensils to reduce production waste and my packaging is paper wrappings and cards sourced from responsibly managed forests and compostable bubble mailers, supplied by eco-conscious Amazon affiliates.
*”Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.” – EPA
I hope you all enjoy my products as much as I enjoy making them. Much love and thanks for stopping by –