When you find people who believe in you, hold on to them!
That's how I feel about my experience with Measina Treasures of Samoa. It's an important platform for Samoans worldwide because of their tireless efforts to promote culture, and their talent for connecting people across the globe.
I am an American born self-taught writer meaning that I did not major in writing courses when I went to college. Instead, I took a less creative path by pursuing studies in Mathematics, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and the Law. While that may have made me an interesting person, it is not the traditional path of an accomplished writer.
Freelance writers can relate in my challenges to self-promote and achieve sales.
My true calling is to become an attorney, and I've taken steps to achieve this goal. I graduated from law school, and I'm preparing for the bar exam.
However, I'm also multi-talented and multi-interested. In my free time, I like to write creative stories.
Measina made my life easier by stepping in to list and promote my original "Law School Comic Book 1L." They have a world wide reach which saves me effort from having to network as hard without them. The benefit for Measina is that they get paid when I get paid. (There are no listing fees.) And we have made sales!! Woot Woot!
In addition, Measina has their own YouTube channel in which they share educational, cultural, and entertaining videos. They even interviewed me to assist in promoting my book!
Visit our video to hear from the Measina founder, and from me about the inspiration and creative process that went into my book.
Hi my name is Ruby, and I'm a Pasifika artist from San Francisco, CA. Recently, I created some Pasifika art influenced by my love for Sanrio, Hello Kitty, and Kawaii style.
If you'd like to wear a decorative Pasifika art pin, then check this out! Super cute kawaii style - FIJI mini button. Wear it cute and astute.
To buy this kawaii style Fijian mug, designed by me, visit:
To buy this kawaii style Hawaiian earrings, designed by me, visit:
To buy this kawaii style Samoan lunch bag, designed by me, visit:
To buy this kawaii style Tongan sweatshirt, designed by me, visit:
Hi Artfans, I finally created some new designs. Thought to tap into that special niche of islander culture :) Influenced by kawaii style, I drew some cutesy islander dolls.
Welcome to my blog, Ruby's Daydreams. My name is Ruby, and I'm a Polynesian writer and artist from San Francisco.
Having been born and raised in the bay area, I am very Californian. Many of my favorite artists, writers, comedians, are American.
At the same time, my parents' pacific cultures retain a strong influence on me. My Samoan dad and my Tongan mother (who has Fijian heritage) raised me to practice pacific values for community support, family responsibilities, and church. So while I was born and raised in the American diaspora, the diaspora is Not all I know.
You can see the influence of both American and Islander cultures in my art and writing:
My first collection of paintings (windows) has a lot of water, beach, ocean, tropical flavors. Three of those paintings are based on San Francisco.
The second collection of paintings (smiles) were based on faces. Some of those faces are American celebrities.
I tend to write Parables that I repackage as children stories because I like discussing life lessons and illustrating them in simple forms.
My first original children story (Maka and the Impossible) is based on my Polynesian American experience in higher education. It's kind of American Dream meets The Alchemist. It's a parable of Ambition. The character, "Maka", traveled further than I have, but I hope to catch up with his big dreaming.
The second original children story (The Offputting Duckling) was influenced by my hometown of San Francisco. It's a parable of Nonconformity. I took the old story of The Ugly Duckling, and asked the question: What if the duckling never grew up to become beautiful? What if the ugly duckling stayed ugly? This train of thought leads to self-celebration, self-acceptance, and self-love. Some of us blossom on the outside (like the swan character in the original story of the ugly duckling), and some of us blossom on the inside (which I think is a more beautiful story to explore).
I use my writing and art to talk about experiences from a Polynesian American perspective.