WHO I AM
Hello! I’m Tanya. I create art and entertainment with words and pictures. I’m passionate about the digital world, from productivity apps to online communities. If I had to describe my approach to life with just one over-used quote, it would be do no harm but take no shit.
Originally from Northern Ireland, I now share a home in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, with my little family – a tall man, a small cat and an albino axolotl with a double-barrel surname. I live with a chronic illness (you can read about it here and here) that affects every area of my life and pretty much every part of my body, it does not define the core of my identity. I veer wildly between not talking about it at all and talking about it so openly it slightly unnerves people. That’s true of most things about me.
I love coffee, yoga, cinnamon tea, driving at night, cooking, documentaries about the ocean, storms, horror films, the feeling of getting tattooed, Irish bread, clean kitchens, literally all cats, playing other people’s pianos, and winter mornings. I’m a practising eclectic pagan witch and have been for over twenty years.
I’ve lived at least partially on the internet since 1997 and my life has been shaped profoundly and inspirationally by crossing the no-internet/internet divide at age sixteen. I have a strange discomfort around rubber hose animation and raw tomatoes. I deleted my Facebook profile. My cat has his own Instagram.
WHAT I DO
I have never been able to do just one thing. For years, I thought that was a weakness, a sign of indecision, a lack of focus. More recently, I’ve come to understand that I thrive on variety and flourish when I have the opportunity to express myself through diverse creative outlets. It’s not so much a case of thinking outside the box as it is a process of sticking a bunch of boxes together, putting wheels on them and rolling down the most interesting road, leaving a trail of glitter behind me.
My current fiction work is character-driven and leans towards dark and transgressive, except when it doesn’t. I write primarily queer characters with a heavy dose of violence and crime, a bit of angsty emotional turmoil, and non-linear narrative structure. My work often explores the subversive potential of the human condition, in all its fascinating strangeness.
After years of mostly photographing faces, bodies and clothes for work, I now enjoy shooting more places and things. I aim to capture beauty where I find it in my everyday life – indoors, outdoors, and from the depths and reaches of my own imagination – and also to sometimes throw gallons of fake blood around in the name of art.
I’ve been blogging since blogs have been a thing and have moved through phases of personal journaling and more subject-specific writing over the years. My goal here, now, is to share a life of creativity, authenticity and inspiration while posting about my interests and passions – writing, photography, productivity and online life.
If you’d like to get in touch by email, you can do that via email@example.com
STATEMENT OF COPYRIGHT
All photographs and words on this site are copyright Tanya Simone Simpson (all rights reserved) unless otherwise stated. If you’re interested in including something I’ve created in something you’re creating, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your project and budget.