Don’t Be A Negative Nancy!


When I’m working on my books, there is a lot of pressure to make sure everything is perfect. A lot of research and marketing/advertising experiments are involved in self-publishing. Last year, there were so many days that I just came home and sat in front of the television because my brain felt fried. I missed being creative, but I didn’t have the energy to do anymore.


This year, I’m trying to allow myself a little more time to work on my personal projects. So far, it’s been a challenging balancing act, but one that I feel is important to maintain.


The Women Series

One night, I asked my mother, “Where did Negative Nancy come from? What did Nancy ever do to deserve that title?”


In fact, the Negative Nancy meme goes back to the 1960s when President Lyndon Johnson called his critics of his Vietnam War policies “Nervous Nellies.” The name caught on and soon people were applying the idea to other names, such as Debbie Downer, Chatty Cathy, ect.


I thought this was comical, and I decided that I was going to challenge myself to find a name for every letter in the alphabet and photograph all of these characters. The aesthetic style that inspired this series was the strong, elegant, and sassy women I’ve seen on those sarcastic birthday cards from Spencers.


My first model to help me out with this project was Liliana, who I met when I interviewed her for my book, Tattle Tales: Tattoo Stories and Portraits. I was a little afraid that people might think I was nuts. However, Liliana has a great sense of humor, and she’s an incredible model to collaborate with on such projects.


As I move forward with this project, I’ll post updates on the various characters I’m creating. I’m calling this series “The Women” because I feel that these sayings are certainly applicable to women (and men). I’m even modeling in a few of these photos. I try not to take myself too seriously, though I’ve been known to be overly critical of myself. I think I know who will be Negative Nancy. 😉

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