All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.
— Matilda by Roald Dahl
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WelCOmE to MeSsY CaNvAs

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I am so glad your space ship safely landed on the surface of my planet. Do you mind slipping your space helmet off and staying awhile?

Though I have lived on my planet since Once Upon a Time, I believe I was asleep for awhile and in the last few years have started to awaken to all the possibilities. So excuse the constructions zones, the orange cones and the (pixie) dust. I am creating something here!

I would love to show you around, but first, a little context. 

You are in a galaxy far, far away. It is called the ImagineNation.  I trust you can breathe ImagineNation air? You'll know pretty quickly if you can or not. If the sights you see here or the words you read here are adverse to your lungs or heart, just put your space helmet back on and shove off. I totally understand Messy Canvas isn't for everyone and there will be no hard feelings.

This galaxy acquired its name by a jolly, rosy-cheeked gentleman from the North Pole whose round belly shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly. Read on... 

To me the imagination is a place all by itself, a separate country. You’ve heard of the French or the British nation. Well, this is the Imagine nation. It’s a wonderful place.

How would you like to make snowballs in the summertime?

Or drive a big bus right down 5th Avenue?

How would you like to have a ship all to yourself that makes daily trips to China and Australia?

How would you like to be the Statue of Liberty in the morning and in the afternoon fly south with a flock of geese?

It’s very simple. Of course, it takes practice. The first thing you’ve got to learn is how to pretend.
— Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street

The galaxy is home to all sorts of fictional worlds I'm sure you've heard of (Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Narnia, Camp Half Blood, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Halloween Town, Oz, Wonderland, Neverland, The Night Circus, Ymbryne Loops, etc) and Messy Canvas is just one of those. Maybe you're actively creating your own world as well! Welcome then, Intergalactic Neighbor. The more the merrier!

As a native from the Real World, for years I've been told things like - grow up, stop imagining your better than everyone else, act your age, stop living in a fantasy world, act responsibly, come down to Earth. That was all well and good until I fell down Alice's rabbit hole whilst chasing the White Rabbit. I eventually found my way onto the other side of the Looking Glass, where at first things appear the same, but are in fact not. What was imaginary is now real and what was real is now imaginary. From this side of the one-sided glass I can see what was once hidden, and this means for me, secret messages are going off everywhere, like fireflies.

Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
— The Little Prince, Asteroid B-612

Though my planet, Messy Canvas, is just my size, I think of the entire ImagineNation Galaxy like a mix between Richard Scary's Busy Town, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and The Lego Movie's Bricksburg, in that there is the potential for all sorts of activity and hard work one can take pride in and friendly greetings shared amongst the citizens.

I think of the ways I'm showing up my planet as cosplay or alteregos or incongnito spy disguises.

THE MAGICIAN

I am really good at using what I have at my disposal to create what I need. Whatever my confines have been in the "Real World," no worries, I can work with that thanks to my magical (creative) powers.

I started The Magic School on the planet of Messy Canvas to teach other interstellar travelers that they too can study other planets in the ImagineNation, learn from them, make belief and create their own world and sustain/enjoy life on it. 

THE REPORTER

The "real world" told this romantic writer that I needed a degree in something practical like Communications and Journalism, and I found a way to make that degree work for me. So yes, "Real World" I got the fucking Bachelor of Arts degree and I'm using it in a way you never saw fit - as a roving reporter akin to Lois Lane or Kit Kittredge, writing my op-eds, and self-publishing the Secret Message Society magaZINE and offering it as an exclusive subscription to citizens of the ImagineNation.

Because the ImagineNation is a galaxy with billions of scattered planets that aren't recognized as real by the naked eye of the Real World and because I don't know anyone talking about all the fascinating and wonderful connections that are going on here in the ImagineNation, I believe someone has to rove round and report the goings-on of this galaxy and communicate it back to the "Real World." I am up for the task! 

Besides my degree in Communications, what makes me qualified to contribute to the ImagineNation in this unique way is my 38 years of firsthand experience reading fiction, researching connections, following curiosities, drawing, writing, and imaginating coupled with the sheer volume of hours I've spent either as a kid or with kids. Kids speak ImagineNation language and I am a serious understudy of their wisdom. All-in-all I am an ImagineNation Specialist having a helluva good time and grateful for the my own growing potential in this vast expanse of a galaxy.

If you ever get discouraged in the "Real World," need to visit a safe comforting place where you can rise above responsibility, accountability and reality (if only for a moment), need some inspiration, fantasy, fun or encouragement that you CAN make magic and own your own damn fairy tale, well then, my friends, the welcome mat is always out at planet Messy Canvas. I am holding space in the ImagineNation just for you.

*i Am the One tO puT IdEas inTo YoUr HeAd.

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*lEt mE sHow yoU hoW deEp tHe rAbBit hoLe gOEs!