Author has written 56 stories for Bones, and Charmed.
Real Name: Elizabeth (da Liza was a college nickname- go Mount Holyoke!)
Twitter Username: Da_Liza
Living In: Oregon
Favorite Authors: Publius Ovidius Naso, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson
Favorite TV Shows: Bones, Charmed, X-Files, Buffy, Angel
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, Galaxy Quest, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Major League, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Color: Purple
1) "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." -Irish Blessing
2) "20 dollars? I wanted a peanut!" - Homer Simpson
3) "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." - Corrie ten Boom
4) "Objectively I'd say I'm very smart, although it has nothing to do with my ass." - Temperance Brennan, Bones, The Man in the Bear
5) "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."- Shakespeare, Hamlet II. ii. 249-50
6) "Be great in act as you have been in thought."- Shakespeare, King John, V. i. 44-5
7) "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." -Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, I. iv. 77-9
8) "Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis" (Be strong, and save yourself for good times) - Virgil, Aeneid, I. 207
Words to Live By:
"Put Something In" by Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.
Suggestions for New Fanfic Writers:
1) Carry a small notebook in your purse/backpack/briefcase to write down any story ideas as they come to you.
2) Always have someone else- friend, family member, fellow fic writer-proofread your stories before you post them. It's easy to miss your own mistakes, and typos can ruin an otherwise great story.
3) Don't say something like "I suck at summaries" in your summary. Writing a summary is still writing, so if you suck at summaries, why should people believe you're a good writer?
4) Write reviews. It's polite and good writing practice. If you're short on time, something like "I liked it/loved it/Great job" lets authors know their story was read. If you have a few minutes to spare, take the time to say what in particular you enjoyed about the story- a favorite section, favorite line, etc. These reviews make authors ridiculously happy. If you didn't like a story, pinpointing the reason why can help the author out. Constructive criticism is great, but there's no need to be mean.
5) Want to be a better writer? Then keep writing! As with any other skill, the more you practice, the better you get.
6) Watch out for these commonly confused words:
You're = you are. Example: "You're beautiful, Bones," Booth whispered. (NOT "Your beautiful")
Your = showing possession. Example: Yesterday I read your story. (NOT "you're story")
Their = possession. Example: I partied at their house.
There = 1) shows location. Example: "Look at that party over there!" 2) Sentence starter. "There is a party at my house."
They're = they are. Example: They're my good friends.
It's = It is. Example: It's time to go to bed = It is time to go to bed.
Its = showing possession; equivalent to "his" and "hers". Example: The dog chased its tail.
Lose= to no longer have something. Example: I don't want to lose you, Bones.
Loose= not tight. Example: Brennan loosened Booth's tie and threw it to the ground.
Taught= past tense of 'teach'. Example: Booth taught Brennan how to break the laws of physics.
Taut=tightly drawn/tense. Example: Brennan admired Booth's taut muscles.
Lie= 1) to make something up. 2) to recline. Example: Booth told Brennan to lie down on the bed.
Lay= to put/place in a position of rest. Unlike 'lie', lay requires a direct object. Example: Brennan told Booth to lay the 'Cocky' belt buckle on the table. [The belt buckle is the direct object.]
If there are other words you would like to see added to this list, let me know. :)
Great Quotes About Writing:
--Writers are a scourge to those they cohabit with. They are present and at the same time they are absent. They are present by the fact of their continuing curiosity, their observing, their cataloguing minds, their longing to see into another person. But the longing is discharged into the work. --Edna O'Brien
--Contrary to popular impression, writers, unlike pole vaulters, do not know when they have done their best. --John Updike
--Being an author is not a profession; it's a condition. --John Wain
--When I am dead, I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'. --Hilaire Belloc
--I tell myself what I have always told myself. It is what all writers have told themselves, consciously or otherwise. The things you feel are universal. --Martin Amis
--All my characters are galley slaves and I am the man on the deck with the whip. --Vladimir Nabokov
--I write for the sake of the pleasure it gives me, and for the difficulty. I like composing riddles and finding elegant solutions. --Vladimir Nabokov
--Writers need solitude as others need sleep. --Unknown
--Writing itself is an important freedom: in writing I feel I have some control over the world; I can recreate the world a little bit more to my own liking. --Grace Nichols
--If you are a writer, by definition it seems to me you're pretty neurotic. And the whole writing business is some way of coming to terms with it. --Doris Lessing
--A proper writer refines and edits: the first creative flush may happen as quickly as the writing of a hasty letter or scribbling of a note. After that comes the real work of going back and back again to the words on the page to make sure they convey exactly what is intended, or as nearly as possible. --Unknown
--Get black on white. --Guy De Maupassant
--One does not choose one's subject matter; one submits to it. --Gustave Flaubert
--If it reads easy, it was writ hard. --Ernest Hemingway
--It is a delicious thing to write, whether well or badly, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creation. --Gustave Flaubert
--That's how God arranged it--that those who know life can't write, while those blessed with talent are dreamers who only know their own fantasies. --Isaac Bashevis Singer
--If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research. --Wilson Mizner
--The demands of life are nearly always antithetical to the demands of art. The crying baby does not exactly enhance the daydreaming state needed for writing... --Erica Jong
--The way to get a sentence properly written is to write something and keep changing it...if you don't write anything you won't have anything to change. --Kenneth Roberts
--The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy. --Gustave Flaubert
--To me it would not be more absurd if the shoemaker were to wait for inspiration, or the tallow-chandler for the divine moment of melting. --Anthony Trollope
--Write as if writing to a friend and use as few words as possible. --Muriel Spark
--Writing is not literature unless it gives to the reader a pleasure which arises not only from the things said, but from the way in which they are said. --Stopford A. Brooke
--I had marked down in my notebook three characteristics a work of fiction must possess in order to be successful: 1) It must have a precise and suspenseful plot. 2) The author must feel a passionate urge to write it. 3) He must have the conviction, or at least the illusion, that he is the only one who can handle this particular theme. --Isaac Bashevis Singer
--What boring company writers are because they're always half-listening to the next conversation and half-thinking about their own work. --V.S. Pritchett
--We are lucky people, our work is amusement. --Leo Tolstoy
--Inspiration is the act of drawing up a chair to the writing desk. --Anonymous
--You can't decide to become a writer as you might become a doctor or a plumber. Long before you have a conscious choice, it has been made for you. --John Fowles
--Like all obsessive people novelists don't really ask themselves why they do it--so when people ask them they've got to make up reasons. --Thomas Keneally
--The poet skims off the best of life and puts it in his work. That is why his work is beautiful and his life bad. --Leo Tolstoy
--Orwell said that, like all writers, he was 'driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.' --Jack Hodges
--Sometimes, when I am empty, when words won't come, when I find I haven't written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself...A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy. --Gustave Flaubert