Born Bridget Engman in Minnesota in 1972, raised in Illinois. Graduated Illinois Math and Science Academy 1990. Attended University of New Orleans, several community colleges, and finally University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, left in 1997 with a BA and MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese Literature). Currently living in Tucson with two daughters Rachel and Madeline and son Mark, working as a freelance artist, selling artwork online. This journal is primarily for friends and family to visit, since I am lousy at sending real email and letters.