Allow Me to Introduce Myself...

"May-Day Aura"
Rachel Danae Brown

I am an artsy nerd with a passion for writing, reading, crafting, and theatre arts. 

Born and raised in Central Texas, I graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Technical Design Theatre with an emphasis in Costumes, and am currently working on finishing my teaching certification process. I divide my time between work as a substitute teacher, the occasional theatre costuming job or two, my sewing and crafting hobby, feeding my book addiction, and writing my heart out. 

While I have a love for all art forms, writing has always had a special place in my heart and my life. My parents recall how I spent so much time "writing" stories and illustrating them in my young childhood, even before I could read or write. And my interest and passion only increased as I grew. Someday I hope to get my work published, but right now I'm working to improve my craft, learning and reading as much as I can, and writing what I love.

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…"
-Romeo and Juliet, W. Shakespeare

Curious about my username and blog title? Well, "May-Day Aura" is not just my online moniker; it really is a nickname of mine. The name basically refers to the “cloud” of clumsiness that surrounds my accident-prone self. You see, I’m a klutz. My fiancé teases me that I’m a world wonder—an accident-prone world wonder. 

Back in high school, I was always falling over, bumping into things, and constantly dropping things. (I was even cast in a play as a maid who constantly dropped things and causing big messes because my director thought it would be amusing.) My friends were forever teasing me about my clumsiness. One day, someone joking mentioned the phrase “mayday, mayday” (as in a distress call an aircraft gives out when it’s in trouble), and the semi-nickname just sort of stuck.

Around this same time, I was just starting to venture into the online chatting and internet forums “scenes” and I needed a username. So after much thought, I decided to rely on the warning phrase that seemed to describe my lack of spatial awareness. Hence “May-Day Aura” was born!

Years later, I’m still called “May-Day” by many who have known me long enough to witness my not-so-graceful charms. It might seem like a constant reminder of an undesirable quality, but for me, it’s an endearing nickname that has become part of my quirky identity.