We had the good fortune of connecting with DMG Byrnes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DMG, what do you want people to remember about you?
I’d like to have done something worth remembering such as helping to change the world for the better in some way. I’d like to leave behind a body of various works that may point out darkness, may question and criticize, may be difficult in some way, but also inspire keeping the seed of hope alive. I’d hope that those that knew me well, remembered me for my flaws as much as my strengths; those that didn’t know me personally and perhaps knew me through my work, I’d hope they felt seen and remember that feeling.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My professional life/career is divided. On one side I have my muggle job that keeps me alive with health insurance; on the other, I have my true work, which is a path being lovingly and painstakingly created as I try to walk it. Some of the most difficult challenges and barriers that I deal with come back to my chronic illnesses, disabilities, and society’s ableism. Along the way to obtaining a job at a muggle company, I pursued my writing, art, and freelancing. I still have a lot to do on the way to my goals and dreams related to my true work, my writing, photography, advocacy and activism, and diversity reading/consultations. It’s incredibly difficult to make a lot of progress on the work you love and truly believe in when all of your resources are used up doing what you need to survive. But I keep going, and remind myself that “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to ask.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s difficult to be specific, but definitely a Shoutout to everyone who has supported, inspired, or encouraged me in some way to pursue my dreams and goals over the years.
DMG (me), Lente Scura