Thank you for visiting my website. Here, you’ll find some information about my novel, manuscript, and musings about the writing process. Feel free to look around. Make yourself at home. Just watch out for that cheese in the fridge. That’s been in there a while.
Navigate using the links in the bar above. If you’re wondering where you should start, might I suggest here.
Many of you are here because of my Outlander project. I’ll be continuing my work studying the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels for television throughout the hiatus before Season 2. The archive of posts from Season 1 is here.
Who am I? Why am I here?
I am a former professional mascot, signmaker, thespian, and school teacher. The common thread among these roles is a passion for illuminating common yet complex issues in accessible yet unusual ways. With a degree in theatre arts, communications, and English from Simpson College, I taught, directed plays, and coached speech teams in central Iowa before returning to my roots in the suburbs of Chicago.
With more than 15 years of experience in professional services marketing, I ghost-write and by-line all manner of written content by day. By night, I volunteer my time and opinions far too easily and laugh really obnoxiously. I serve at the pleasure of my Alpha Chi Omega alumnae chapter, the local Panhellenic society, my daughters’ school association, multiple blood drives each year, and the Society for Marketing Professional Services. I practice hatha yoga intermittently and run 5K races poorly. My husband and I are raising four daughters who are convinced we are the modern day incarnation of the March family.
Hope is not my real name, but it’s easier to say and spell correctly than my real name.
“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…” ~ Timothy Leary
“We need to dream more and not to be ashamed of dreaming; and we need to have another dream come true, else we forget and become like owls – not only brooding in darkness, but not believing there is any such thing as light.” ~ Daniel Burnham