Writer, artist, coder, dreamer. I graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Visual Environmental Studies and English and American Literature. I like dogs, cheese, parks, exercise, people who can make me laugh, writing, drawing, programming, television, movies, candles, and pajamas. My username madeofmonsters comes from monsters.net. My other websites: ankiewicz.com, smallandcute.com, cavesandmountains.com, and fireartphotos.com.
I have been writing a novel for about a year now. It’s up to 70,000 words. Here’s the synopsis:
Washing off the Glue is a story about art, madness, love, and loss.
Marie’s mom, a compulsive hoarder and drinker, certainly doesn’t make life easy on the family. It’s no wonder Marie’s dad leaves so abruptly. Heartbroken at his departure and determined to reconnect with him, Marie makes a youthful pact with her best friend Rachel. Together, they spend the next ten years searching for her dad.
As Marie’s artistic future blossoms, the search for her dad becomes an obsession. Letters to far-flung relatives, a trip to Vegas, countless Internet searches, and private investigators bring her numerous clues and even more numerous disappointments.
At the same time, the debilitating ups and downs of Marie’s mental condition, mysterious to doctors and Marie alike, threaten to derail everything she’s worked for. Enigmatic dreams lead her in unexpected directions—some good, some not so good—until a suicide attempt nearly ends it all. It’s only through finding her dad, with Rachel by her side, that she learns how to grieve and let go.
See the rest of my art and writing on ankiewicz.com