Who Are You Wednesday

You guys rock! The first marketing experiment was a resounding success, and I thank you so much! For your next mission, should you choose to accept it, if you’re on Facebook simply go to the left of my page here, where you’ll see a Facebook box. If you’d like to become a fan, just click on the “Like” button. That’s it! You’re done! On the fan page, you’ll receive occasional bits and pieces and breaking news on the writing front. If you don’t mind, please share the page on your Facebook page to spread the word. And thank you, thank you so much! 🙂

I have met a lot of new people in the last few weeks, and I know some of them have stopped by here to get to know me better. Hell, I’d like to get to know me better, but that’s probably a topic for another post.

I’ll give you the short version, and you can extrapolate the rest.

I was born in California many moons ago (I’m not telling you how many, so don’t even bother asking).

Let's just say it's a lot more than one. A LOT more.

My parents divorced, and my mother, me and my siblings moved to central New York where I lived for most of my life. We moved a lot; I attended seven different schools in seven years. I was the oldest of five. I have been reading voraciously from the time I was three years old. (I was quite precocious, and learned while I was in the hospital with a bout of croup that almost killed me.)

I married, bore three fabulous children, and divorced. That wasn’t a whole lot of fun, but you have to take the good with the bad, right? It was after the divorce I was able to pursue my dream of becoming a self-sustaining writer. At first, my focus was on fiction, namely flash fiction, but it evolved to writing non-fiction in the form of web copy, mostly because it paid better.

I left New York and moved to Kentucky for a few years, then further west to the St. Louis area where I am very comfortable for the first time since I can remember. I returned to Kentucky when my mother was in the end stages of terminal breast cancer; you can read about some of that here or here. Shortly after she passed, my daughter presented me with my first grandbaby, nicknamed “Muffin”.

But eventually, I returned to my beloved Lou.

In my life I’ve completed an LPN program in high school; worked as a dancing hamburger; worked as a shift supervisor in the restaurant business; was employed by a major health insurance company; worked in a urologist’s office where I saw more penises than any woman has a right to see, and served as a reservations manager in a hotel. It has been a very interesting ride.

Yeah. Kinda like this.

My first love is flash fiction. I have released my first collection, titled “Not Nice and Other Understatements” and I self-published for many reasons. I am currently at work on “Athena’s Promise”, an urban fantasy about a hotel run on the edge of Zombie Town (“Z-Town” to the locals) by a demi-goddess and a Gorgon. In the meantime, I write stellar web copy for several private clients, edit novels and craft books, and generally try to cause as much mayhem as I can.

Relax. This is not mayhem. This is just hay.

In pursuing my fondest desire of writing for a living, I have learned and done so many things I never dreamed I would. I learned a lot about marketing, constructing a website, SEO, and social networking. I’ve learned much about myself, as well – that I can be disciplined, I have Mad Research Skillz, and I’m stronger and smarter than I ever thought possible. I’ve worked hard to hone any skill I may have at this writing business because I. Love. It. I never want to do anything else.

Best of all, I have met some absolutely fabulous people along the way, and this has enriched my life immensely.

So, that’s a little bit about me. Welcome to the strange planet inside my head — tell me a little bit about you!

3 thoughts on “Who Are You Wednesday”

  1. LOVE getting to know you better. Strong woman. You’ve already been party to my brain dumping on my blog and facebook so I won’t get into it here. Hugs for you about your Mom… I lost my Dad 11 years ago to bone cancer. It’s shit. I can’t imagine what it will be like to lose my mother.
    xo
    BTW any pics of the dancing hamburger?
    And your book sounds AWESOME!

    1. Girl, if there were pictures of that particular event I would pay good money to retrieve them for burning. Heh. I’m sure I’m responsible for some very steep therapy bills for the poor children subjected to it. Sounds like fun, right? It was a nightmare. I’d approach little kids and they’d scream in terror. Actually, I have some therapy bills of my own from that 😉

      It is shit. Still. I’m sorry about your dad. I can honestly say it was one of the toughest periods of my life. All I can say is appreciate every minute, because there’s never enough of them. xo

      I have a lot to do with “Athena’s Promise” but I’m still in love with the story and I take that as a good sign 🙂 Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for being so candid, Netta. It’s certainly been an interesting ride for you, and it sounds like you’ve emerged all the stronger for it.
    3 things:
    1) Men’s penises? Can one ever see too many of them, I wonder…hmmm.
    2) I’m so sorry about your mom. Every time I hear about a woman dying from breast cancer, it makes my blood boil. I know a cure is imminent and just wish they would hurry the hell up. Last year, I celebrated being 10 years cancer free, but unfortunately I’ve known many women who haven’t made it, and there’s little to be said except – it’s just plain shitty.
    3) Congratulations on “Muffin.” You must be sooooo proud!

    The circle of life…..

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