It’s that time of year when #PitchWars kicks off and my social media will be given over to meeting people, picking up writing tips, and sharing some of the things that have helped me along the way. PitchWars is a writing contest held by the ever wonderful Brenda Drake and made possible by fantastic writers who give their time and knowledge to selected writers with unpublished manuscripts. This post is for the #PimpMyBio tag that’s used to share a bit about myself and my project.
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This will be my third year attempting PitchWars. The first two years I submitted a YA paranormal that will linger in the far reaches of my laptop for the rest of forever. It was my first completed manuscript and taught me a lot of lessons. I took what I learned from it and poured it into the project I’ll be submitting this year.
ALL OF US STARS is a YA sci-fi that combines technology of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA with the dodgy cast of SIX OF CROWS and swirls in a bit of humor from FIREFLY.
It tells the story of seventeen-year-old Solitude Pierce, space pirate of the Vasilisa who is haunted by Earth Prime music, and her mission to find her sister and seek revenge for the kidnapping that ripped them from their family. When a devious senator explodes a local club and blackmails the remnants of the Vasilisa’s crew to steal a weapon that will prevent war, Sol agrees against better judgement. Especially when the senator offers the one thing to convince her: her sister.
Together, the three remaining crew members pull together a scheme to complete a near impossible heist. Their success depends on the help of old-flames and unlikely allies. But their plans wake a dormant rebellion that unveils secrets from the crew’s pasts and they are swept into a mission bigger than any of them intended. In order to get out of this alive and free, they must all determine where they stand in the Maw even if it takes destroying what it means to be human.
It’s told from four diverse POVs and offers four different views of family, honor, and duty.
I’m absolute garbage at aesthetic collages, but I attempted one just for you all!
I always think of Tina Fey from MEAN GIRLS when it comes to how I handle writing, teaching, and anything else that requires effort.
I think my students and CPs would agree that’s how I operate. I want people to achieve their best and I can be the biggest cheerleader. This means that if I’m pushing other people, I am pushing myself twice as hard. I won’t stop when it comes to polishing my work and getting it to shine. Even when I’m exhausted and knee deep in student papers, I carve out time for writing.
And I don’t take criticism personally. Being a teacher and having been in arts programs (dance, theatre, and colorguard), I know criticism isn’t meant to bring you down; it’s to lift you up. I process everything I’m told (maybe in spreadsheets) and then make a plan of attack (still in spreadsheets).
TEN FACTS ABOUT ME
- I’m married to a wonderful man who was my middle and high school crush. Sometimes I wake up and wonder what I did to deserve a partner who plays video games, enjoys nerd culture, tolerates my love of true crime, and goes on adventures with me.
- TV used to not be my thing, but somewhere along the way I started to
likeLOVE it. I obsess hard when I find a show I like. Examples? DOCTOR WHO, HANNIBAL, BROADCHURCH, GRAVITY FALLS, THE BLACKLIST, GAME OF THRONES, AMERICAN GODS, THE EXPANSE, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FIREFLY, and… I’m going to stop now.
- I hike. I haven’t done it as much as I would’ve liked this summer, but I get out as often as I can. Thankfully I live in Western North Carolina, so I can take ten steps out my door and be surrounded by mountains, trees, and rivers.
- I act in my local community theatre. I’m almost always cast as old women. I think I’m Sophie from HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE in reverse. (P.S. I have pictures of these characters if you want… Oh boy.)
- I’m obsessed with anything true crime related. I don’t know why I waited so long, but I started the podcast MY FAVORITE MURDER recently, and I feel like I’ve found home. Their personalities are so similar to mine (excessive cursing included) and they aren’t afraid to share their interest in the macabre and sometimes depressing. I’m here for it all. Give me your weird crimes, gruesome murders, or hometown folklore.
- In the last two/three years I’ve lost fifty pounds. Aside from fluctuating five pounds up or down, I’ve kept it off, too. I feel better now that I respect my body by eating healthy and exercising (though I still don’t do that as often as I should).
- When my husband and I first started dating, I’d never played a video game. Fast forward a couple of years and I play ALL the video games. We played DOTA 2 for years. Lately we’ve dropped that so I can write and he can crush out some online college courses. We still play and my current video game crushes are PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, OVERWATCH, DISHONORED series, and the ASSASSIN’S CREED series.
- I have a pretty severe case of plaque psoriasis ( an autoimmune disorder that causes itchy, flaky patches of skin). It started in college and worsened for a few years until I went to a dermatologist to get help. I’m a bit stubborn when it comes to seeking medical attention for anything, and I want to kick myself for how long I waited. Basically? Don’t be afraid to reach out for help! You’ll feel so much better.
- I have two adorable cats named after video game characters. Caius from MORROWIND and Mirana from DOTA 2. Caius acts more like a dog and Mirana sleeps in chairs if she’s not hiding in a room.
- I think my one true purpose in life is to find and eat the world’s best macaroni and cheese. Everywhere we go, I order the mac and cheese and judge it hard core. If you’ve got a stellar local place that sells bomb mac and cheese, you let me know and I’ll visit with my notepad and ascot made of paper napkins.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this far! Feel free to say hello in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram, snail mail… Wait… Just the first three, please!*
*I love snail mail. Do people still do it anymore? I feel like I’m alone.