I’m a Reader, with a capital R. I figure once the number of books you read per year starts hitting triple digits you get to capitalize the R in reader. Just roll with it. I’m also a wife, mother, wishful world traveler, tea drinker, over-aged manga addict, nail biter, lapsed 日本語のがくせい, occasional beader, amateur knitter, writer, limited online gamer, internet-dependent American woman in her early forties.
I waited a lot of tables in college and then spent seven years investigating allegations of abuse and neglect with the Missouri and Florida Departments of Children and Families. I recently returned from the UK, where I lived for several years and garnered a degree or two. Now I call St. Louis, Mo home and pretends not to miss England.
I happen to love university campuses, and have more education than I need, including a Bsc in Anthropology, with minors in Archaeology and Comparative Religion, an MA in International Criminology, and an Msc in Social Change (Stats). I still plan to pursue a Ph.D. at some point, if life would just get out of the way, oh, and write the great American novel, of course.
I tried once when l wrote The Weeping Empress. It’s a dark fantasy adventure with some unexpected YA crossover appeal. It follows the misadventures of a small band as they attempt to escape a fate laid down by the Goddess herself, and changing the course of history as they go. But nowadays I look back at that as more of a learning experience.
My favorite quote is “There is pleasure sure in being mad which none but madmen know,” by John Dryden.
This is my favorite picture of myself, though it’s getting a little old now.
The blog is a hobby I started many years ago. I like reviewing books. I liked the way writing a review puts punctuation at the end of a reading experience. It also helps me remember, years later, what I thought of a book once the memory starts to fade.
I do occasionally accept review requests or join a blog tour. But that’s on my whims. This is primarily a hobby endeavor, not a job, and I run it as such. Not to be a bitch, but that means I make the rules. All of them.
The same goes for the reviews themselves. Reviews often vary. One might be quite academic in tone, and the next just fan-girl squeal, and the next a toxic rant against some aspect of a book. It all depends on how I feel at the end of the book, what struck me, or stayed with me, or irritated me. I can’t be doing it all wrong though; I usually float between 1,800-2,200 in the Amazon ranking so…
Hi, I nominate you for the Sunshine Blog Award 🙂 http://untothehorizon.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/sunshine-blog-award-2/
Oh my! Thank you. Now I’ll have to decide who I wish to nominate. What a heavy responsibility. 🙂
Thanks for following, I am now too! Take care,
Interesting bio! Congrats on the perpetual education. I wish, like you, that life would get out of the way so I could do something similar..
Fab bio. ‘perpetual grad student’ I think we’ve all been there at some point or another! Cheers
Thank you for noticing, William and Samantha.
I know this is late, late notice but, my writers’ group is having a Book Signing Event on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It’s at the Corner Coffee Shop in Ferguson, MO. Would you be interested in coming as an author and selling your books? I am so sorry I didn’t think of you earlier. If you are interested please let me know quickly. Tell all your friends about it. Hoping tyo hear from you soon. Fran
Thank you for thinking of me, but I have sooo many things going on that day. I seriously think everyone who is doing anything in March is doing it on the 19th! It sounds like a lot of fun though.
Sadie – I’m relatively new to Goodreads, and you seem to be a veteran. what’s more, I too was once a Missourian, and lived overseas, and pretend to not miss it. soooo….in the spirit of online community-building, please send any advice for breaking away from the generic and formulaic vampire-fantasy-unicorn-witch-sci fi-alternate realm readership toward those interested in attempts, successful or no, at challenging, though-provoking, reality-driven prose? Cheers. – Mark