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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

Your pieces are always good to read and so thought provoking in a positive way.

I haven't given much thought to my brand. I don't have one. I just write. Yep, doomed for publishing failure, but at 74 I don't see a glittering future just time to indulge myself in writing for myself. If I were to invent a name for me (a la 'fairy witch') it would be either cosmic mouse or fantasy hedgehog - 5 ft and not expanding in any direction, except when I write. I loved being published by a traditional publisher but when the bubble burst it took years to return to the worlds inside my head and on my laptop. I'm back there now and loving it.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

Thank you for a very insightful post. If we are honest we all have two sides, one s bit darker than the other. Maybe my brand should be hitmanandpoetry ( hitman being a metaphor for my sarcastic side)

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

Thank you for this. I have been wrestling with my identity "purely as a horror writer" post-COVID, as well. Your story put into words so much of what I've been feeling, and it helped me to process that we are complicated: what I'm feeling is not a crisis but evolution. I love the idea that there is an identity, but that it can grow and change, and that's okay. Better than okay. You are a delight, lady. Thank you again.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

This is so vulnerable. Thank you for sharing!

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

I love this. I've always struggled with how to maintain the different facets of my life into a cohesive "brand". I find these days that I just have specific bits hiding in various social media. Insta is a bit more perfectionist, Twitter/Theads is more edgy, TikTok is more fun and where I just don't care too much and just allow myself to be creative. Substack is where the honest side where I like to get real. Internet personas are such a tricky beast to tackle and it's hard to really know what other people see in you as well, but I like reading your posts and seeing how similar we actually are. It's really cool.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

I don't have the challenge of needing to embrace all my sides in my professional life. I can keep that as just my professional side. My silly side something peeks in, behind the scenes, with just my team. But I can keep it all compartmentalized. I'm also not building a brand. So I respect the challenge you face. In the rest of my life, the more I embrace all my sides, the happier I am. I like dark spooky thing, I like color, I'm a mom, I'm a romantic, I'm a nerd, I'm hilarious, I'm insecure, I'm deeply sensitive, I'm fluent in sarcasm, I love people and I avoid them as much as possible. I'm so many things and the more I recognize that, the less I feel lost. Watching you brace your duality has been really inspiring - and it also brings an authenticity that people respond to. I think you're pretty amazing and I've loved watching you grow and succeed these past couple years since I stumbled bacross you. Looking forward to where you go in the future 🤍

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

I am always reminded of my old friend Mr. Whitman, I am large I contain multitudes! Like Persephone, you have found the balance, both Goddess of Light and Queen of the Underworld. I think She is no doubt very proud of you, Mother of Crows, Cupcakes and Bats! ;)

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Aug 5, 2023Liked by Cassandra L. Thompson

The best, most interesting people tend to be Sugar Bats -- can't appreciate the sweet unless you've also tasted bitterness.

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