Revealing the work of a Dilettante

Am I willing to reveal the inner workings of the mind of a dilettante here on

When said noodle comes on the shoulders of one Helena Hann-Basquiat, fellow blogger who visits my place with smart comments that always advance the issues of music and movies and life, my answer when she put the call to arms out at her blog Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Besquiat was a fast yes.

In fact, I may have sprained something in my neck region so prompt was my clicking between her blog post to my email to send her my affirmative message.

She sent me the cover art of her new book and her personal publicity she wants included for the mass reveal she’s staged for today. Take it away, my favorite dilettante.

(Provided by Helena Hann-Basquiat)

(Provided by Helena Hann-Basquiat)

COMING SPRING 2015 — official date TBA

Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two is the second collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia.

Speaking of Arcadia, this volume delves into Helena’s childhood, as she revisits what she calls the Arcadia of the mind — that place that keeps us trapped and holds us back from our potential. Some of her most personal stories are included here, interspersed with hilarious stories of misadventure. It’s not a novel, really, and it’s not a memoir, by the strictest definition. But most of what follows, as they say, is true. Sort of. Almost. From a certain point of view.

Discover Helena’s tales for the first time or all over again, with new notes and annotations for the culturally impaired — or for those who just need to know what the hell was going through her mind at the time!

Cover art by Hastywords.

Helena is going to be running a crowdfunding/pre-order campaign at Pub Slush, a community focused solely on indie writers, and has set up a profile there to launch Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two.

For more information, and to follow the progress, Become a Fan at the hyperlink above.

If you just can’t wait and you want a taste of Helena’s writing, follow her blog at the hyperlink at the top of this post.

If you just can’t get enough Helena, or you want updates on further goings on, release dates and miscellaneous mayhem, follow Helena on Twitter @hhbasquiat.

(Provided by Helena-Hann Basquiat)

(Provided by Helena Hann-Basquiat)


The enigmatic Helena Hann-Basquiat dabbles in whatever she can get her hands into just to say that she has.

She’s written cookbooks, 10 volumes of horrible poetry that she then bound herself in leather she tanned poorly from cows she raised herself and then slaughtered because she was bored with farming.

She has an entire portfolio of macaroni art that she’s never shown anyone, because she doesn’t think that the general populous or, “the great unwashed masses” as she calls them, would understand the statement she was trying to make with them.

Some people attribute the invention of the Ampersand to her, but she has never made that claim herself.

In 2014, she published Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, several e-books which now make up Volume Two, as well as a multimedia collaborative piece of meta-fictional horror entitled JESSICA.

Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One is available HERE in e-book for Kindle or HERE in paperback.

Helena writes strange, dark fiction under the name Jessica B. Bell.

Find more of her writing at or or connect with her via Twitter @HHBasquiat.

21 thoughts on “Revealing the work of a Dilettante

  1. What a great and interesting book, along with a really unique person. She seems to like writing a wide variety of books, Mark! Helena, wow! I am impressed and so glad you are here, demonstrating your interest in your future readers!


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