Question #1: What is a Monkeegrrl?
Many people have asked me the origin of my Monkeegrrl (or Monkeygrrl if you’re on Twitter) screen name. I suspect some hope it involves adult gymnastics. Sadly, it does not. In my current regeneration, I am a writer. I don’t write fancy novels or brilliant essays. I write copy - press releases, promotional announcements, newsletters (E and paper), Twitters, awards entries, web blurbs - really, anything that needs to be assembled out of my pile of words. It’s a creative job, but it’s also a very utilitarian pursuit. There’s not a lot of time to rewrite and finesse the finished product.
So, I often think of myself as a monkey in a box. Give me a nickel and I’ll write something (like a characaturist at the state fair). My little office is both blessed and cursed by the fact that it has windows to the outside and the hallway, like an exhibit at Disney World, where I once rode a boat past botanists working with hydroponic vegetables in the “Farm of Tomorrow.”
It’s still better than my previous life where I sat at a table under fluorescent lights in a large room altering men’s pants that were 20 years old and had gathered a lifetime of experience. “Here’s a nickel, build me an 18th corset and petticoat. You have 2 days and $50.”
Like many monkeys, those caged in a semi-natural environment, I am very content most days - especially when there is cake.