I’m an academic librarian, specializing in information literacy – basically, I teach college students how to do research. I’ve lived in Rhode Island my whole life, minus a few years spent in Tennessee and Virginia during my confused undergrad years. Aside from my Master’s in Library and Information Science, I have a BA in History– I love anything to do with the Gilded Age, the presidencies of Hayes-Teddy Roosevelt, labor history, late 19th and early 20th century anarchism, etc. etc. I’ve danced and ridden horses my entire life and was in a professional ballet company during middle school and high school. Married with one leopard gecko, Davey.
I love epic stories– no novel is too long. I’ve read just about everything Tolstoy and Dostoevsky have written, and I’ve now read Les Miserables twice. The only “classic” that has ever eluded me was James Joyce’s Ulysses. I got a few chapters in, but the amount of effort reading it required didn’t seem to be paying off.
Otherwise, I enjoy reading Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor, short horror stories, biographies, and non-fiction tomes about any of my historical interests. I don’t understand people who don’t “do” non-fiction– the world is a FASCINATING place and many books are not written in boring, textbook style.
My love of giant novels does not extend to movies– I have a hard time sitting and watching something unless it REALLY catches my interest. My favorite movies are Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, American Psycho, The Shining (original), and let’s throw A Clockwork Orange in there too. I want to love horror movies, but most of them are terrible.
I will pay attention to anything done on a stage, however. I try and see a mix of musicals, plays, ballets and symphonies every year. 2017’s highlights: Romeo and Juliet (Festival Ballet), Inherit the Wind (Ocean State Theatre Company, now defunct), Aladdin (Broadway), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (also Broadway).
90s alternative, goth music, industrial, classical, cast recordings, a dash of other things
These characters, and this story, have been brewing in my head since I was in seventh grade– and I’m 35 now, so you do the math. I started jotting it down in tenth grade, and have worked on it periodically ever since, with the story continuing to unfold in real time in my mind since the beginning. In 2016 I decided to get serious about polishing it with the goal of eventual publication, and should be ready to begin querying agents towards the end of this year (my day job has gotten in the way more than once!).