Author has written 2 stories for Twilight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Hey there, profile reading people!
I'm a west coast Canadian girl who works in a craft store, surfs a lot and dreams of becoming a writer. Most of the time, I write articles and academic-type junk for my fellow brainiacs but my true love is fiction. My absolute favourite author is Raymond Chandler, but I also totally dig Dashiell Hammet, Ray Bradbury, James Ellroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Stark, Mark Twain and Ian Flemming. Those are the ass-kickers as far as my pantheon is concerned. But I've also got my guilty pleasure authors, like Anya Seton, Anna Godbersen, Damon Runyon, Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Rex Stout, Fritz Leiber, Arthur Conan Doyle, Terry Pratchett, C.L. Moore, John Wyndham, T.H. White, H. Rider Haggard, Agatha Christie and a whole thwack of others. Like Michael Connelly. And Dennis Lehane. And Edgar Rice Burroughs. And Maurice LeBlanc. And G.K. Chesterton. And I'll stop now.
My favourite things to read about are crime, detectives, capers, robberies, science fiction, gunfights, history and vampires. And surfing. There need to be more books about surfing. Gidget is not enough, people of the world. On the subject of vampires, totally check out the following: Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden; Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon; I Am Legend by Richard Matheson; The Vampyre by John William Polidori and, obviously, Dracula by Bram Stoker. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith was awesome, as was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by the same author.
I love to discuss the craft and art of writing, as well as the art of reading. So, if you want to talk about that kind of stuff and you want somebody who's both mellow and ridiculously knowledgeable, send me a message and we can chat about whatever.
I'm also majorly into comic books and graphic novels, but I only have a cursory knowledge of manga and anime. So don't plan to interview me on the latter subject, I guess. I love Darwyn Cooke, Robert Kanigher, Alex Ross, Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, Alan Moore, Mike Mignola, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Bob Kane, John Albano, Herge, Chester Gould, Milton Caniff, Winsor McCay, Will Eisner and many, many more. Manga-wise, I always liked Speed Racer and Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Astro Boy - as well as other works by Osamu Tezuka including Adolf, Phoenix, Buddha, Metropolis, Black Jack, and the totes haunting MW. I mega-love Naoki Urasawa's Monster and have a special place in my heart for Master Keaton, even though it's not as intense. And that's about it for that. I don't dig Naruto or Bleach or Full Metal Alchemist, but totally respect those who do and their right to do so. I won't flip out on you if you don't flip out on me, chiquita. Oh, and man, that live-action Speed Racer flick was stupid.
When it comes to music, hit me with the classics. David Bowie, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Who, Boston, The Beatles, Neil Young, Heart. And new sounds. MGMT, The Killers, Dragonet, Crystal Castles, Matt Dusk, Feist, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Modest Mouse, Kate Nash and that one Beyonce song.
Cartoons are my secret vice. By which I mean western animation, because of the anime thing (see above). If Bruce Timm needed a kidney, I would consider giving him mine. I love Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, and like to mix either with popcorn: sweet ambrosia of the Geeks. Outside of the Timmverse, you'll likely find me watching Jonny Quest, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, the original Transformers, 90's X-Men, 60's Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Space Ghost, Aquaman, Ben 10: Alien Force, Thundercats, Avatar: The Last Airbender and more. The recent Marvel Comics DTVs from Lionsgate Studios have been amazing, but my favourites thus far have been Doctor Strange and Hulk Vs. Thor. The DC Comics DTVs have disappointed the hell out of me, but I was totally stoked with the adaptation of New Frontier. As far as animated films go, I'm all about Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, The Last Unicorn, Little Nemo's Adventures in Slumberland, all things Miyazaki - from The Castle of Cagliostro to Ponyo, Pixar's Up, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
And yeah, I realize that Miyazaki is, in fact, anime and not western animation. But it's a little complicated. Like Teen Titans. Don't ask about Teen Titans.
My other passion is classic TV. And Mad Men because it looks just like classic TV! (And show me a red-blooded heterosexual girl who doesn't want to kiss Don Draper, and I will... uh... probably stand there with my mouth open and say something like: 'You have seen Don Draper, right? With your eyes?') When I'm not falling in love with the carousel speech all over again, I'm usually glued to The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, The Untouchables, Burke's Law, Honey West, Peter Gunn, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dragnet, Have Gun Will Travel, The Outer Limits, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Maverick.
I also listen to OTR when I get the chance. That's American radio theater from the 1930's to the early 1960's, for the uninitiated. And I dig (but have decided not to expand of the subjects of) movies, video games, action figures, Star Trek, perfume, mythology and military history.
And, I guess that's good. More than I ever put in a profile ever, so you should have me pretty well figured out now.
About The Work:
I don't put disclaimers on my stuff, because I'm not earning any money off of it nor have I ever made a claim to characters that did not belong to me. Plus, they interrupt the flow of the reading experience in my opinion. Are you really reading fanfiction and thinking that somebody on this website is trying to dupe you into believing that they invented Harry Potter or Captain America or Spock? No. Nobody is.
Choices - Strange story about a strange pairing. Started it before Christmas, then took a break because of work stuff and family stuff and, possibly, laziness. I like where I was going, and need to find my notes so that I can remember what happens next, therefore it's currently on hiatus. (I'm being optimistic - this is like when you don't wash the dishes on Saturday night, and then the sink gets full, and on Sunday you swear you'll do it on Monday, and the next thing you know, you're showering next to a stack of mixing bowls and shot glasses and eating off of paper plates with little plastic forks you stole from the 24hr Burger King. I'm totes embarrassed about it, but que sera sera and c'est la vie. Feel free to bother me about it if you really, really, reeeeaallly want that one to continue.)
The Hunt - I am *still* majorly bummed that nobody reviews The Hunt. Just leave a note that says that it was good or bad or boring or whatever. In my unreliable opinion, it's the best thing I've written, because it's short and finished and fancy. Fancy referring to my seemingly one-time ability to write something that didn't sound like the narration from Sunset Boulevard, or like this beach bum vs. academia thing that comes and goes... I'm what it would be like if Flowers for Algernon was about Jeff Spicoli... The Hunt is lightning in a bottle! Review the damn thing!
Go With Luck - Alternative title: This Really Complicated Story About Felix that Won't Leave Me Alone. Yeah. This started out life as a character sketch of Alice (I know, right?!) but it turned into this crazy, sparkly vampire version of The Road starring Felix. But with, like, Road to Perdition type stuff in there as well. You know what? You really shouldn't listen to me talk about this story, it's pretty much running itself. Read it for my sake.
Abundance and the Grave - Saw The Lightning Thief movie because I love Greek mythology and Kevin McKidd on Grey's Anatomy; the end result was some serious gear-turning in my head so I thought I'd try to bang out a story. It's set in the 1950's, thanks to the persistent haunting skills of the ghost of William Holden (see above), and is all about a gang of OC's - which I later found out is deeply frowned upon by the Fandom Police. But whatever, man. Also, hilariously, I read the actual book and was like: "Whaaat?" since it wasn't really what I was expecting. A mondo setback for my story, since it made me sincerely concerned about being out of step. So right now I'm trying to figure out if I should keep going in, like, this way off direction or if I should try and get things closer to le roman.
Places to See:
Storytech Literary Consulting is a great place to hang out when you're working on your plotting skills. And not kill-the-king plotting, Guy Fawkes; I mean the structure of your story. The site itself is really badly formatted, but the information is solid. Click on The Hero's Journey in the left sidebar, and read through that section at your leisure. Make notes.
I Write Like takes a sample of text and - shockingly - tells you who you write like. You could get somebody good, like Shakespeare or Poe or Stephen King; or somebody totes lame like James Fenimore Cooper; or you could get somebody weird and totally unexpected like Chuck Palahnuik! (I've never even read Fight Club, man...)
Haha! Look at this emoticon! It looks like a little boxer dude!