Featured Artist: Megan Wheeler

The “Featured Artist” blog series showcases the writers and artists from the second issue of GirlSense & NonSense Magazine. The second issue is available now! Read for free here.

Who are you? My name is Megan, and I am just another teenage girl that can be seen roaming around aimlessly. I don’t have any plans, and I think schedules are overrated. I’m in my senior year of high school and I dread my graduation day because all I know is the halls that I have grown to love. I wish I had an idea of what I’m doing with my life, but I don’t. Like every other human being, I have had my own struggles—both in the past and present. My struggles fuel the fire behind my writing, and my writing is what douses the flames that rage on within. I do hope that someday these writings I have created will be known by many.

List three things you’re loving right now.  Three things that I love right now consist of the people in my life: my lovely boyfriend of four years. He’ll always come to mind when the topic of love comes up. (Cheesy, I know.) My best friend of almost two years; I don’t know what I would do without my best friend helping me through the rough times. I’m loving my music, because without it I would be stuck down on earth, and that’s not very fun. Last thing is probably my computer because it’s always with me, and it holds the very contents of my soul.

What did you submit for the November issue?  I submitted a poem, oddly enough, to the magazine. It was titled ‘Our False Perceptions of Beauty’. I normally do not write poetry, but every now and then I’ll give it a shot. I guess I just thought about how beauty is thought of now-a-days, and how lovely it would be to change how there are specific guidelines to be counted as beautiful.

What inspired you to write/create your submission piece?  The darker part of me is probably what inspired the poem. Writing is how I cope with that dark side; it’s how a lot of people cope with their dark sides. I’d rather let all the darkness out on paper and hide it between the letters than let it build up between my bones.

Tell us about yourself as an artist.  I’m a writer. That’s the only art that I put my whole self into. Sure, I dabble in drawing and such, but that’s not what makes up me. I have always loved writing; it was my escape and it let my wildest dreams escape. Because of writing, I can create a wonderland filled with seemingly crazy things.

Why are you an artist?  I’m a writer because it’s the only thing I know. It’s the only thing I want to know. Writing allows me to create magic with my fingertips. I write because it’s how I cope and how I deal with life when things start getting a bit rough. Writing is always there for me—it’s just a blank page away.

Respond to the following prompt: “There is a girl sitting in a chair in the back of a room. Hair tightly curled and smearing pink gloss across her lips, she knows things.”  There is a girl sitting in the back of a room. Hair tightly cured and smearing pink gloss across her lips. She knows things. Pushing her bangs out of her face, she feels the dry strands of hair against her fingers. Deciding that she can’t take it anymore, she gets up so fast her chair tips over. Everyone turns toward her, but only for a moment because she isn’t worth a moment from their time. She grabs a pair of scissors lying on the counter in the back before walking out of the room. The teacher doesn’t even pause.

With the scissors tucked in her sweatshirt sleeve, she makes her way into the bathroom. Making sure it’s empty; she jams the large trashcan against the door to prevent any intruders. Frizzy patches and split ends fall into the sink, and a smile slithers across her face. She has tears streaming down her face, she’s not quite sure when she started crying, but she focuses on smiling through each snip. Something had to change, and something needed to go. She figured split ends were a good start.

To read Megan's poem, "Our False Perceptions of Beauty" in the second issue of GirlSense & NonSense Magazine, click here.