Day 01 – Introduction
Sometimes I think I live the most boring life, but then I remember some of the stuff I've gone through over the years and realize, "You know what? Sometimes, boring is good."
Currently, I live east of San Francisco with my husband (Craig) and two kids (Alicia, 10, and Alex, 8). I'm a stay-at-home mom, but what that means is that I get to be there for my kids and write in my free time. I've always been a creative sort, though in my teens and early twenties, I wanted desperately to be an actress instead. I loved acting more than anything else, the freedom it gave me, the highs of being in front of an audience. But life happened, and I gave up my dream of moving to New York.
I met Craig online in '97. He was a Brit expat, living and working in Annapolis, and we hit it off right from the start. Within weeks of meeting, we were living together. In '99, he proposed, but when we did the research about what it took for a Brit and an American to get married, doing so in the UK was infinitely easier. We decided to live in the UK for a year so I could experience it, but that plan got derailed when I got pregnant. Our one-year plan turned into five.
When Craig's company offered to move us back to the States, we jumped at it. I'd never lived in California before, so it was another adventure. We waited on buying because honestly, house prices in this state are ridiculous, but after the crash, it seemed silly not to. We've been in our new house for a year now, and I don't want to move again until after both the kids have graduated from high school. That used to seem so far away. It doesn't anymore.
Though I've always written in one way or another (I have the stories I wrote in 1st grade in my scrapbook), I didn't get back into prose in a big way until I fell in love with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I held out as long as I could. Craig kept saying we should watch the show, but I resisted. For two reasons. One, the movie was one of my mother's favorite movies, and I thought it was dumb. Two, I grew up watching All My Children and hated Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was enough to put a block on me.
Then, Craig announced the show was in danger of cancellation and he was going to watch the last episode whether I liked it or not. It was the last two eps of S5, and they were aired back to back in the UK. I sat down with him because honestly, what else was I going to do? I had seen enough from commercials and such to know who most everybody was, but it was the question of "Why is that vampire helping the Slayer and why is he crying over her death?" that intrigued me. SkyOne was showing reruns of BtVS during the week at 6pm, so the very next Monday I tuned in. They were halfway through S3. I was hooked by Wednesday.
I started writing fanfic because I had to wait so long to get new eps. It took me a week to download them after they'd aired in the US (wait until it aired in the UK? Never!), and I started dabbling after I discovered this thing called fanfic even existed. It let me make Spike and Buffy happy over and over again, and completely changed my life. I had never been in a fandom before, and when real life began taking my time away from fic, I thought I'd never be in another fandom again.
Then, this past summer, I fell in love with Merlin. I'm in a minority there. My preferred ship is Arthur/Gwen, mostly because that's who Arthur wants and he is the core of why I love the show. I've started writing fanfic again, too. It's a lot scarier than I thought it would be.
Outside of fandom and mom stuff, I write romance. Every kind. I write both under Vivien Dean and collaboratively with pepperlandgirl4 as Jamie Craig. We've been doing it steadily for the past few years, and every year is better than the one before. I won't be retiring any time soon, but it pays for our vacations and gives me spending money. I can't complain.
Other things about me? I love to cook, I'm an introvert at heart, and I'm excessively liberal. I can't say that I always vote Democrat because I did actually vote for Bush Sr, lol. I believe it's better to give than receive, and love is not confined by gender. I suck at keeping in contact with 90% of the people in my world, unless you use email in which case your odds increase dramatically. I love old movies, Broadway musicals, and too many genres of books to name. The books I own are obsessively organized by category, author, and size. I'm not a patient teacher. My kids and my husband are my everything. I love living in California, but every time we go back to the UK, I think about staying.
I know there's more, but this is what I think of when faced with an introduction. And as you can see, I have a tendency to ramble, too. ;)