I’m Heather Meadows, a lover of stories, art, language, culture, and food. I live in Marietta, Georgia and work as a copywriter. I have a wonderful family, including the man I’ve been married to since 2003, my parents, two brothers, two nephews, and one niece. I’m originally from Nicholasville, Kentucky, and I’ve lived in Huntsville, Alabama and Augusta, Georgia. I love traveling and exploring; I’ve been to several US states, Japan, England, and Wales, and I hope to see many more places.
Around the web I’m known as cosleia; pixelscribbles is the name of my blog.
When the internet first started becoming mainstream, I was a teenager in love with Star Wars. My nick on the local BBS, The Night Watcher, was “leia”. For internet, my family started off with CompuServe, so all of us had the same username, which I believe was my dad’s name plus a bunch of numbers. Then we got AOL, and I was able to pick my own nick. Unfortunately, “leia” was already taken there. (I remember being very surprised.) As I was a big fan of Timothy Zahn’s original trilogy of expanded universe novels, I stuck “COS” at the beginning, standing for “Chief of State”, and became “COS Leia”. A couple years later when I got on IRC it became “COSLeia”; it morphed to “cosleia” when I got my first website at QX.net.
When I got my first domain name, I didn’t choose cosleia.com because I felt that the URL should be a title. To my mind, cosleia was the name of the author. At the time, I wasn’t using my full real name as much online, and I expected it to change when I got married anyway.
I wanted my website to encompass everything about me: writing, art, photos, and whatever else I came up with. Since the site was online, viewed in pixels, I decided on “pixelscribbles”. The “scribbles” part came from something like false humility–I was trying to make my work seem less important so it wouldn’t hurt as badly if someone didn’t like it.
I really enjoy writing and rewriting, figuring out what the message is and then crafting an effective way to present it. Over the years I’ve made several attempts to write fiction, and I still have ideas I want to pursue, but most of my completed works are nonfiction: stories about things that have happened to me, writeups of events, essays on various topics. I’m interested in social issues and science. Humans fascinate me, and I’m interested in figuring out how to give everyone the opportunity and inspiration to achieve their potential (including myself).
My writing has always been honest, but when I first started publishing on the internet, I was extremely candid. Since then, I’ve learned to filter myself, or at least to find the appropriate audience.
I’m interested in storytelling beyond writing as well. I worked in television news for five years, and that gave me an appreciation for how stories can be told through images, motion, and sound. I also really enjoy comics; I pay close attention to the pacing, size, and placement of the panels. Someday I hope to create something in one or both of those media.
You’ll see a lot of health-related stuff in my archives. I’ve had cancer, congestive heart failure, obesity, sleep apnea, and pseudotumor cerebri. I’m now cancer-free thanks to chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from my youngest brother, Ben. I restored my heart function through diet and exercise. My sleep apnea and pseudotumor cerebri were resolved through weight loss; I lost about 120 pounds thanks to duodenal switch weight loss surgery. Now I am no longer obese. I’m healthy and energetic, and I try to take care of myself.
Unfortunately, one health issue remains permanently unresolved. Due to chemotherapy, my ovaries don’t function properly, which means I can’t have children naturally. I could carry a child, but the likelihood of any of my eggs being viable is small.
Here are some people you may see referenced in my blog.
Sean: My husband.
Mom and Dad: This is pretty obvious!
Cheryl and Reid: My in-laws.
AJ: The first of my two younger brothers. He’s married to Faye; their children are Connor and Logan.
Ben: My second brother. He and Manda have a daughter named Daphne.