Hello and welcome. My name is Cosette and I’m the writer here. This is my personal blog about reading and writing, tech, spirituality, and life as an American in Australia.
I started blogging a long time ago in the AOL Journals community. I began blogging because I enjoy exploring new technologies and communities. I blogged to share, discover, and process. I’ve had many different blogs over the years across a variety of platforms. I’ve brought them all together here.
I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977. My family fled Castro’s communist regime on the Mariel boatlift in 1980 and we settled in Miami. Growing up, I developed a love of the English language. I was an avid young reader and a journalism student. At 17, I became a paid intern at The Miami Herald until I graduated high school. At university, I worked for WUSF TV Channel 16 while writing for the school newspaper. Later, I worked as a reporter at Newsradio 610 WIOD. I have a B.A. in English, a certificate in Women’s Studies, and a minor in Religious Studies.
I’ve been a practising Pagan since my teens and was active in Pagan community when I lived in the US. I was a member Beachfyre Coven, a member coven of the Everglades Moon Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess, which I held ministerial credentials through. I’m a Third Degree High Priestess in the Georgian Tradition of Wicca, in the Moonstone line. I was the first Social Networking Coordinator at Cherry Hill Seminary and have been involved with The Wild Hunt on and off since 2010. Currently, I serve as Social Media Manager. I’m also a daughter of the orisha Ogun and half-initiated into Lucumi (Cuban Santeria); I have elekes, warriors, and Olokun.
In 2012, I moved to Melbourne, Australia to live with my Aussie partner. I blog a lot about being an expat and have been featured on Blog Expat, Expat Focus, Expats Blog, InterNations, Expat Arrivals, Globehunters, and Feedspot.
I’ve spent the last seven years working in digital communications and the social web. Most of my work has been in online communities and social media management. I’ve worked for clients big and small, corporate, NGO, and not-for-profits, including the Kabam, U.S. Army, Warner Bros., Disney’s Club Penguin, Change.org, National Geographic’s Animal Jam, Linden Lab, realestate.com.au, Origin Energy, ReachOut, SANE Australia, AMP Capital, and Breast Cancer Network Australia. I also do consulting work, training, and public speaking. I have spoken at Monash University, Envato, and Swarm Conference, and have appeared on the podcasts Community Signal and The Pink Movement. In this blog, I explore my love/hate relationship with technology and the ways in which it intersects with other areas of interest to me, such as communities, culture, and social justice.
I’m still a voracious reader. I enjoy the classics, Latin American literature, and literary fiction. I write quite a lot and some of it has appeared online at unlikely places such as realestate.com.au and PR Daily. I’m working on a novel.
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