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Shannon “Cat” Hilson
Works at More Horror
Attended Monterey Peninsula College
Lives in Monterey, CA
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More than anything else, this is what I focused on in 2014. I'm pleased to say that I've made excellent progress so far.
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My focus as far as my creative goals has changed so many times over the years. Except the older I get and the more I change, the more I realize I'm really just circling back around to where I used to be when I was a kid that ...
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This is very much my approach to relationships, especially around the holidays when all of my estranged so-called family members crawl out of the woodwork and attempt to make contact. Unfortunately for them though, I hold people permanently responsible for the way they treat me. Full stop.
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A couple of shots of the white Peking duck we roasted for Christmas. Served with homemade gravy, bacon chipotle mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, roasted corn on the cob, and warm rolls with homemade garlic butter. It was so, so tasty! #ChristmasDinner   #RoastDuck   #FoodPorn  
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May I have some???
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As usual, my busy life means I'm a day (or ten) late and a dollar short when it comes to posts like this, but I wanted to record this year's adventures in turkey roasting for posterity nevertheless. I'm so proud of the wonder...
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Turkey in progress. It's starting to smell awesome! We're using a hypodermic needle to inject the meat with red wine again, natch. (My mom's a nurse and she gave us the needle.)
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Sometimes I wonder how many people out there are living some life they really don't want to live because of a string of decisions that were originally made because "it's just what you do". I'm not talking about people making sacrifices because they have adult responsibilities to take care of either. I'm talking about people who made major free-and-clear decisions about the direction of their lives solely because someone else -- or maybe just society in general -- expected it of them.

I feel like I've known a staggering number of people that were married to someone they don't love and had kids they don't actually want because of this. They work a really specific job because it's what their parents or spouse expected of them, not because it actually fits who they are as a person. They don't even dress in a way that suits their own personality or preferences.

People like this have this air of sadness about them that's difficult to be around. Watching them shuffle through life in a daze is like being in the grocery store and hearing some guy hacking his lungs out or sneezing up a storm. You're just like... don't breathe on me, man. I don't want to catch it.
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Very cool!
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This is pretty much the only "new year, new you" motivational article you really need. Read it. Take every word of it to heart. Make improvements as directed. Full stop.
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When I was a kid, I was really nerdy, so I was already into looking for common connections and roots between words. I remember thinking "Catholic" looked a lot like "chocoholic", "alcoholic", and "workaholic". I obviously knew it was a religion, but I also thought it must have something to do with really, really liking cats at the same time. The fact that all of my Catholic friends actually had cats only seemed to back up my theory.
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pretty & clever +Shannon Hilson merry christmas, where are you celebrating on Boxing day? I'm in Somerville, NJ
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Go Derby, go! Amazing what 3D printing can do. I'm so proud to be alive during the 21st century.
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I have a tendency not to identify as a feminist (or -- at the very least -- to think of myself as a bad feminist) because I'm honestly very happy adhering to traditional gender roles for the most part. I'm outspoken and slightly tomboyish, but I'm still very stereotypically feminine.

I'm more or less happy to let the men in my life take the lead or make most of the practical decisions as far as "general life stuff". I'm not fussy or high-maintenance, but the look I prefer for myself is still relatively girly. I like to stay home. I derive a lot of pleasure from activities like cooking and gardening. I'm not really interested in accomplishing much beyond having a healthy relationship, making/keeping a nice home, and maybe being creative once in awhile.

That's why I love this graphic. It reminds me that I don't have to want to be a CEO, or hate men, or cut off all my hair to be a feminist. It's not about saying "no" to this and "yes" to that instead. It's about each woman's right to choose exactly what she wants for herself in life... traditional gender roles included. 
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Work
Occupation
Freelance Writer / Journalist / Digital Mixed Media Artist
Skills
journalism, copywriting, media reviews, blogging, creative writing, digital mixed media, product development
Employment
  • More Horror
    Senior Editor and Contributing Writer/Critic, present
  • Cat Olson Writing
    Copywriter and Digital Mixed Media Artist, 2012
  • Dismal Productions
    Producer, 2012
  • North Star Spiritual Counseling
    Spiritual Counselor, 2012
Places
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Currently
Monterey, CA
Previously
Manchester, CT - Great Falls, MT - Heidelberg, Germany - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Fort Bragg, North Carolina - Fort Ord, California
Story
Tagline
Writer, blogger, digital mixed media artist, walking bag of snark.
Introduction
I'm a freelance writer, journalist, critic, and artist from California. (Yes, actually. As in I earn my living doing those things.) When I'm not in front of one of my various screens either writing or reading, I'm probably studying something random, cooking, gaming, or simply hanging out with my fiancé (who also just so happens to be my best friend). 

I'm a really chill, excessively introverted person that appreciates simple pleasures. I'm all about being creative, being curious, and learning for its own sake. I'm also proud to be someone that speaks her mind and is unabashedly true to herself regardless of what other people may think. My outspoken nature either sits right with you or it doesn't and I legitimately don't care which it is.
Bragging rights
My life's honestly still pretty average at this point in time, so I don't think I have many bragging rights yet. I've produced a lot of writing, made a lot of art, and had a lot of semi-interesting thoughts. That's really about it. I feel like anything brag-worthy is really still ahead of me, waiting to be accomplished.
Education
  • Monterey Peninsula College
    Fine Arts, 1994 - 1997
  • Monterey High School
    1990 - 1994
  • Colton Middle School
    1987 - 1990
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Relationship
In a domestic partnership
Other names
Shannon Bagley (maiden name)