I’ve always been a sponge for stories. When packing my backpack for a family vacation as a child, I stuffed to so full of books that, when I attempted to swing it up onto my shoulders, the weight of it knocked me over backwards, smashing a recently completed Lego set.
Recently, I was going through some old boxes from my childhood, and I came upon a stack of papers from when I was five or six years old. They were the landscape style writing paper with the huge lines and the dotted center line–the kind used for practicing cursive back in the day. In the stack there were the usual assignments on sentence construction and grammar, but there were also a surprising number of short stories, complete with messy crayon illustrations. They all seemed to follow the same trajectory–a hero of some sort (most often a knight) defeats a monster of some sort (most often a dragon), saving the world. Certainly not the most original plot structure, but it was fascinating to see how the stories and myths I loved as a child seeped into even my earliest writing.
Though my writing today has fewer dragons or epic battles to save the world, it still seems to read as a composite of the stories I soak up from the world around me. These days, both my reading and writing world are a lot more varied. As a graduate student, much of my time is spent studying and composing academic papers on literature and culture. In tandem with that, I also write and publish short fiction and essays (a couple of which are linked to below). Beyond these literary pursuits, I also write copy, articles, reviews, and more for a variety of outlets. I am particularly passionate about working with businesses to build a brand identity through language, so if you’re interested in working together, please get in touch via the Contact page in the menu above.