Author has written 27 stories for Tin Man, Law and Order: SVU, In Plain Sight, CSI: New York, Alice, 2009, Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Downton Abbey.
The Writer: 31 (going on five). More commonly referred to as Effie. Female. Canadian by birth. Pennsylvanian by rearing. New Englander at heart. Southerner at present. Partner. Anticoagulant tester. Sarcastic until the end. Unapologetic cat lady. Lover of that dirty water. On Twitter and Tumblr @effie214.
The Fandoms: Tin Man. Castle. NCIS: Los Angeles. Alice. In Plain Sight. CSI: NY.
The Loves: Loud music. Silly SyFy productions. Snark. ESPN. NCIS and CSI marathons. Figuring out a way to have Stana Katic's hair while working in The OSP. Geeking about hipsters in TARDISes. Eating spanikopita in Greece.
The Quotes: Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. --William Shakespeare
That which does not destroy us makes us stronger. --Friedrich Nietzsche
We the dreamers chase forever. --Kate Voegele
The General Philosophy: Life is like a Pollock painting: beautiful, messy and completely open to interpretation -- not to mention possibilities.
The Writing Philosophy: I consider myself a bit of an emotional archaeologist (and a perpetual five-year-old to boot.) I like to dig; I like to ask "why" incessantly. (That's why you're going to get introspective [read: angsty] stuff from me more often than not.) I will never be 100% happy with my work, because I feel like if I can sit back and look at a piece with a reaction of, "Yep, that's exactly what I wanted to say," then I don't have anything left to say.
I will also just put it out there that the semi-colon and I are involved in a passionate affair and beg you not to tell my partner about it.
The Writing Process: I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere -- a conversation with a friend, a song lyric, driving to the train station at 4 AM. Then I apply the psychology BA my father paid far too much money for me not to use and it snowballs from there. I write, then I rewrite. Then I delete. A lot. It gets sent to my amazing betas when I can apply what I call the Bon Jovi rule to it: "Well, it doesn't suck." The betas get their hands on it, I do another hard read and edit of the piece, and more often than not, it goes back to the betas a second time. It finally gets to you on a wing and prayer (read: Ambien-induced stupor.)
The Reviewing Philosophy and Process: When leaving them, I always try to give constructive criticism, which may include pointing out things that didn't sit right with me in a piece. It comes from a place of love, so I apologize in advance if I offend anyone. Otherwise, I like highlighting great lines or my impressions -- as a writer, I love hearing what worked and what didn't, so I just try to pay it forward, as it were.
Receiving reviews are awesome, whether they're sixty-five lines like long mine tend to be or a more succinct "good job" or "I liked this." But I don't do this for the reviews. I do this mostly because I try to make procrastination/escapism masquerade as productivity. :D Seriously though, I tend to be a lurker in pretty much everything I do, so I don't ever want a reader to feel obligated to leave a review, long or short. As long as you know it worked for you, then that works for me. Good? Good.
Anything else you want to know/have a scenario you'd like to see me tackle (I can't make any promises!)/want to discuss New England sports (GO RED SOX), please feel free to drop me a line.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and even more for reading. I hope you enjoy my small little contributions.
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