I'm nineteen years old, a writer since I understood that the black squiggles on the page meant something - my mother swears I was tapping out stories in morse code while in the womb (pretty sure she's still irritated that I left THAT deadline so late).
I started NaNo in 2007 with a plan, and finished it having deviated utterly from any semblance of that plan. The next two were more closely followed; in 2010 I couldn't deicide between plots and decided instead to convince everyone I was absolutely crazy. 2011 saw my first year at university and mounting problems with the schizoaffective disorder I've struggled with since I was 14, which is why it went unfinished.
I am now in my second year at that same university, and my novel for 2012 is my most personal - inspired by both my illness and the ridiculous, spirited, drunken, welcoming institution I call home for eight months of the year.
2007 - 'Others' - parallel-world adventure - 62,000 words
2008 - 'My Father's Moon' - modern family-fantasy - 54,000 words
2009 - 'House of Lilies' - the requisite vampire story - 51,000 words
2010 - 'Finding Spring' - historical fantasy - 35,000 words and 'Five and One' - modern murder mystery - 40,000 words (total 75,000)
2011 - 'Rendezvous' - modern mythology - 40,000 words
2012 - 'Where Ashes Are' - literary post-apocalyptic
- Wolfville, NS
- Drawing, Horseback Riding, Memorizing Poetry
- Favorite noveling music:
- Johnny Clegg and Savuka/Juluka, Black 47, the Pogues, Stan Rogers, the Cottars, New Model Army, Peter Gabriel, Rise Against, Paul Simon, Katie Herzig, Enya, Christopher Tin
- University Student
- Favorite books or authors:
- Killer Angels, The Westing Game, Shakespeare, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Night to Remember, Agatha Christie, Un Lun Dun, Long Walk to Freedom, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass, Wintergirls, Elinor Wylie, Beowulf, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Lord of the Flies