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The Memorial Rainbow

the official blog of Emily Ann Imes

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Name:Emily Ann Imes
Birthdate:May 5
Location:New York City, New York, United States of America
Website:SOSI/Cap-Sid Broadcasters
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"Enhanced Synesthesia (also Synaesthesia) is what happens when the brain mixes up the senses. For example, synesthesia might cause someone to hear colors or see sounds." -- Simple English Wikipedia

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to help the world. She had been blessed, you see, with a different way to see that same world. When she heard music, not only did she hear it, but she saw it in front of her eyes in the form of threads of color. It was the same with words -- every letter was a different color. Even from a young age, she knew something was different, and she wanted to use her colors to help the world become a better place.

My name is Emily. I am that girl.

By day I live in New York City -- Manhattan, to be specific. I just moved to the city from Ohio, where I've lived most of my life. You could say I'm a 'small town girl, living in a lonely world.' (My co-worker termed that, not me.) I work a job just the same as everybody else, and I have my own apartment. By night I -- oh, wait. That's my other blog. Sorry. :)

"My 7 year old daughter is watching the television and playing the music from the television on her eight-key piano. We...might wanna get this girl to some lessons." -- My mom, who has actually been quoted as saying this

I started to blend colors together as soon as I could, wanting to write but not able to form the right shapes yet. When my sister got an 8-key piano for Christmas, I was the one who spent most of my time using it. I would listen to songs on the television and play them back on the piano. The worst part was I would know when a note was missing or unable to be played; sharps and flats were not on the eight key piano, and I would leave a gap where it would go. My mom finally got me to piano lessons, and once I figured out that the eight keys on my piano matched the keys on the real piano, and the rest they say is history.
I've loved music ever since I started playing it. I've always wanted to do something with my life in music. At first, I wanted to be a music teacher, but as I kept writing, I couldn't see myself doing anything but creating. When I went to university, I went with that major in mind, wanting to continue my passion. I didn't know exactly where it would take me, and right now, it has me in between.

I really discovered my colors during my junior year at school; I wrote my thesis on the subject and integrated it with my senior recital. I want to use music as my profession -- although I do so much more, I want to use my colors as my profession.

"The perfect is the enemy of the fast. The good is the enemy of the fast. The halfway decent is the enemy of the fast. Keep my music loud enough to drown out my thoughts. Thinking is the enemy of speed. Never edit. Never ever go back." -- Gail Carson Levine, NaNoWriMo pep talk letter

At the same time, when I was a kid, I started to weave together the other colors I saw in letters and numbers. I found more solace in the letters; they scared me less than the numbers did. Perhaps it was because I had learned to read from a very early age; using these same letter-color associations. Whatever it was, I started to weave my stories together, creating new worlds and becoming more confident in my own writing. After a few setbacks, I found myself writing more for others than myself, a style of writing that has continued up until recently. What I write is mostly categorized as "slice of life," but it always finds a way to go back to fantasy or science fiction. You wake up in your own bed, but nothing is the same afterward because of that one little thing that won't leave you alone.

In November of 2005 I embarked on a journey that would change me forever -- a journey called National Novel Writing Month. The idea was simple: write a novel in a month. To date, I've written seven novels, one for every November since. I've also become a Municipal Liaison, which basically means I herd cats every November toward finishing their own novels. To me, NaNoWriMo and ML-dom are the same thing, and if I'm ever *not* an ML, I might have issues. I love excelling, but I love helping others excel as well. (You can find me on the NaNoWriMo website as Manzana Flash!)

Over time, I've realized that I do really want to be an author. This blog, then, is the story of my journey not only to blend the colors of music, but the colors and the threads of writing.

"Everything has meaning. Existence has meaning. Being alive has meaning. Have dreams. Use power." -- Pokemon LeafGreen

I love science fiction and fantasy, but I also love things that are 'cute.' I am more likely to be watching Angel Beats! or My Little Pony than Game of Thrones. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Game of Thrones, but I gravitate toward things with bright colors and flashy graphics. Don't we all? Seriously, for me, specifically, it comes from the idea that I can see writing and music in a different way. Because it is so vibrant to me, I like seeing real life examples of that vibrance. In a row of black detailed books, I'll be the one with rainbow streaks in my hair passing out books with anime-styled characters on the front. And I'm perfectly okay with that. I also believe that you can't take yourself too seriously when it comes to art, or even life. You only get one chance, and if you worry about making everything perfect, you'll worry too much. My work isn't always 120% happy, even though it may seem that way. I intend for it to be a reflection of real life as I see it, and real life as I see it is FULL of color.
In 2011, I found my way to Kinokuniya in New York City for the first time, a Japanese bookstore that I immediately claimed as home. I've never been good at reading Japanese -- only speaking it -- until I started reading a series also based on a TV show, called Pretty Rhythm. In time, I've started to read the magazine Pretty Rhythm is published in, called Ribon. It's a wonderful magazine with comic serials -- every month, a new chapter of each story is published. I highly recommend it!

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." -- Albert Camus

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Cedar Point at least once on this page, right? To say I'm obsessed with amusement parks in general and roller coasters in specific would be an understatement. If you have ever met me in summer, you know what I'm talking about. Being from Ohio, where we have not one, but two award winning parks, it's hard NOT to get into the spirit. It's something else that inspires me as an artist. I wanted to fly, to race for the sky, and since then, I've been a junkie. "Ride warrior" doesn't cut it. Call me a "roller coaster whisperer." These coasters are the only reason I might never leave Ohio -- we have THE best amusement park around, Cedar Point, plus my home park, Kings Island near Cincinnati. The parks directly affect me -- The Mystery of Taconum Carnival is a really good example -- but they also affect me indirectly. Old-school fans will remember OFF/Track and its details, which have not faded completely into the woodwork. If you look carefully, you'll be able to see the track connecting each one of my novels, each one of my songs.

"Good night, millennium, jumping over the moon/Come take me home, I'm riding on you" -- Midnight Rave, Almond Dust (2011)

Altoghether, I'm just like anybody else -- I'm a girl, looking for her place in the world. It's just that my place seems to be harder to find, for some reason. I'm looking for a place where my synesthetic gifts can not only be understood, but used. If I'm not weaving my colors together to form a story, a song, a drama -- then what good are my colors doing the world? This blog is just one way of getting these colors out. How will they impact you today?

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