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Mar. 31st, 2012 09:51 am
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[personal profile] jessicasteiner
Name: Jessica Steiner
Age: 33
Location: I live in a smallish city outside of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada!)

About Me:

I've actually just finished law school at the University of British Columbia, passed the bar, and will be sworn in as a lawyer officially in about a month and a half.

So clearly what I need to do now, is kick off my writing career. Because obviously I don't have enough to do.

So during the day, I work for my mother as a family law lawyer, mostly working with victims of domestic violence, drug addicts, and other people with low incomes. We do custody/access/divorce cases as well as help people who for whatever reason have had their children taken into foster care by the government.

By night, I fly about the city in my batsuit and--

Um.

Well, actually by night I'm a huge video game and anime geek, and I spend hours and hours writing fantasy and science fiction novels, and also occasionally pretending to be an alien computer nerd in certain online roleplaying games.

About My Journal:

My writing journal - this one - is actually a reboot of a wordpress blog I started about a year ago. The wordpress blog didn't really work out for me because of the format and the volume of spam, so I've brought all the posts over here for a fresh start.

I do reviews of podcasts and audiobooks I've listened to, and books I've read. I also blog about my writing process and about various other topics that make me want to ramble incessantly in some fashion that might possibly assist someone else. Occasionally, I might write about work.

What I Write:

I write a variety of fantasy and science fiction. Currently I'm at the cusp of finishing a final draft edit of a book called The Sleeping Death where a journalist falls in love with Death and winds up helping her fight evil mages and the personification of Order to free the world - and War - from their tyrannical rule.

I've also written the first draft of a book called OtherWhere, which is about an evil MMORPG.

I'm in the midst of a book tentatively called The Dreaming where a lawyer gets transported into a strange, magical world every time he falls asleep...and then gets stuck there, causing havoc to his career and marriage.

I'm also prodding at ideas for novels ranging from a steampunk alternate history set in ancient Japan, to a series about a human getting sent to an alien flight school in space and getting attacked by terrorists - sort of a Harry Potter/Enders Game mashup with tentacles and teenage romantic angst.

Most of my books are slashy and don't necessarily perfectly fit either the fantasy or the science fiction mould. I tend to write things that excite me, and I hope they excite other people, too.

What I Don't Write:

I'm not sure how to answer this question. I don't write historical novels (except I might in the case of that Japanese steampunk idea), because I don't know enough about history. I don't think anything I've written would count as outright horror or a thriller, though I enjoy reading both genres, and I hope that bits of my books are either horrible (in the good way!) and/or thrilling.

I don't write literary fiction or poetry. I don't tend to read either of those genres either.

What I Read:

I'm in the midst of working my way through Terry Pratchett's collected works, in order. I love epic fantasy, urban fantasy, any other kind of fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, and mysteries. My most recent new loves are Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Naomi Novik. If you haven't heard of any of them, go forth and google, then read. They're fantastic.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work:

Another tricky question! I don't have any editing credentials and I'm not yet making money with my work. I also have a lot on my plate.

That being said, I'd be happy to exchange with someone, in some kind of arrangement where we each read the other's book and give feedback. Or if you want to pay me, I'd be more than willing to devote many hours to polishing your work.
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[personal profile] darkspirited1
Name: On the Internet, I usually use Kiana.
Age: 24
Location:Midwest
About Me: I love writing. It gives me something productive to do. I can be a procrastinator, opting to write a story rather than do my homework. I'm currently in college and am hoping to become a Spanish teacher with an English minor. English and Spanish are favorite subjects, and I hope to one day teach a creative writing class.

About My Journal:

[personal profile] darkspirited1  is my personal journal devoted to all things I care to share. It's actually a mirror account to an LJ under the same name. It has my reflections on NaNoWriMo, my day to day stuff like lists of things to do, and whatever else I cared to write since 2003. There are stories and poems in there (all friend locked). I also talk about my ongoing project to complete a novel series I'm working on. I also talk about the writing process and the ups and downs to it for me. Basically, I talk about anything and everything.

I use filters on my journal as well so if you want to cut out the daily life ramblings you can opt out.

What I Write: Fiction -- fantasy usually and the odd bit of poetry or fan fiction (and I mean odd, seldom bit). It has been several years since I last attempted to write poetry. FanFiction is there for when I'm stuck and want to write but have nothing else to write about. It's always Lion King too. I say I'm going to try posting something every month at the very least, though I haven't written anything but my major project.

What I Don’t Write: Crime or anything with complex twisty plots that depend upon me being entirely accurate. I am very rarely accurate at anything! I also don't write anything that nonfiction usually since there's this whole "I need to make this accurate and more realistic" aspect to it.

What I Read:
Classics, Fantasy, um ... I'm really bad at classifying genres. Really I'll read anything that sounds appealing or was recommended to me by a friend. There's a list at darkspirited1 here that tells you of some random books I've read that I could recall in the 15 minutes I took to make it.

What I Don’t Read:
I do not read nonfiction very often. I also don't read erotica or things with a lot of sex. I'm sorry, but I really just hate it when characters just fall into bed with each other repeatedly just because they can. If it has to do with the plot and there's more to it other than simply falling into bed just to do it, then I'll probably read it if it's there.

Favorite Authors and Books: I hate this question. It's so hard for me to pick a favorite. Some authors I enjoy are: Edgar Allen Poe, RA Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey, Corenalia Funke, Laini Taylor, Robin D. Owens, Kristan Britain and uh ... I can't read any other names off my bookcase so I'll stop there. Really though, there is no favorite. Or rather, it changes often. Again, there's a list at darkspirited1 here that tells you of some random books I've read that I could recall in the 15 minutes I took to make it.

Could I Edit Someone Else’s Work: You are more than welcome to ask me and I'll see if I have the time. If I have the time, I'm always up for reading and critiquing. However, you must bare in mind that I am never going to say your story is perfect. I am never going to tell you "Sounds great, keep it up!" I don't consider that a critique OR an edit. I will provide my honest suggestions and feedback. You then do whatever you want with it, but you agree that you will not be angry with me for what I say. And don't take this as "OMG she's going to rip my story apart and make me feel like trash." I don't aim to do that either. Feel free to ask me for more clarity about this if you are confused.

What I’m Looking For: FRIENDLY PEOPLE! :) Other writers who can inspire me with their success so that I keep reminding myself to forge on and keep trying. People to talk to about writing. I don't know very many writers, but those that I do know are great inspiration. I'd like more of that. :) Basically, I want someone who wants to interact and socialize.

What I’m Not Looking For: I'm not looking for someone to force me to think that their view is the only way. I'm a very open minded person and hope to find more people with that mentality. I expect you to show respect, and I will show you respect as well. I'm easy to get along with though, so I doubt there will be much of an issue. Someone just trying to pad their FList.


I hope to become better acquainted with you. Happy writing! ^_^

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