My name is Rebecca Whitney. I grew up in rural Idaho surrounded by pine trees and sheep and went on to graduate from Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.S. in Linguistics and a B.F.A. in Piano Performance. I have realized recently that creativity bleeds from me without my helping it. In the past, I have become passionate in both visual art and music, but writing is the longtime love that I return to again and again; it is my expression of choice when I feel pain. It is my goal to be a storyteller and to learn from and connect with others through reading and writing about shared experiences with mental illness, trauma, and joy, freedom, happiness.