About Me

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Hello there, world! I’m writing some stuff.

And howdy! My name is Victoria, and I’m a writer. “But Victoria, I’ve never read any of your stuff!” Well, my dearest internet-browser-slash-probably-reader-person, thats because they’re not out yet! I’m still in the process of writing them, but I’ve made the promise to myself, that in a year tops, when I say I’m a writer, I’ll be able to say “-and author” at the end of that. I’m still at the very beginning of my journey as a serious writer, and as an author. I’ve created this blog to chronicle my dream. I want something I can look back on say, “wow, I did that. That happened and look where I was a year ago.” It may sound a bit cheesy and cliche, but my dream has always been to be a writer. Since I learned my alphabet, I’ve been a writer. I filled spiral notebooks full of (admittedly horrible and amateur) stories, and thoughts, and neat ideas I had. But that was me growing. I feel like now, in the very late hours of 2012, I’m finally ready. Well, ready as you can be to start on a (hopefully) life changing journey. Yeah, yeah, I know, crappy cliche phrasing again, blah blah. Just stick with me for a bit.

Seriously though, if someone asked me, “Tori, what’s your dream? Whats your perfect moment?”, I would tell them that what I dream of most is holding my own book. I want to physically open the pages of the book I’ve written. I want to smell the pages, feel the weight of it, admire the glossy cover. Beyond that, I want people to like what I’ve written. I imagine that writing and finishing and publishing a book will be a little bit like having a child – you nurtured it, watched it grow, watched it mature, and then you sent it off into the scary world to see if it could stand on its own. I hope people will be nice to my kids.

So, that’s what I’m all about. And now, for no particular reason other than I wanted to answer them, here’s some random things about me.

20 Random Things About Me

1. What is your favorite item of clothing?
I love my WoW Alliance hoodie. Or my black cardigan.
2. What are your biggest obsessions?
Guild Wars 2. It was WoW for a while. Well, it’s been writing the whole time, but amidst that, a bunch of random ever changing stuff.
3. Who inspires you?
Kevin. I mean he literally inspires me – I bounce ideas off of him and he helps me make them awesome. Beyond that, my Mom and Dad. They work really hard, and I hope I’ve inherited some of that work ethic.
4. Who is your favorite author and why?
For a really long time I was obsessed with Laurel K. Hamilton’s books. I admired her style and her plots, and absolutely loved the whole harem of men thing. It got kind of raunchy there at the end, and I felt like I was reading lightly vampire flavored erotica. (Dont get me wrong, it was still good, I just didn’t particularly want THAT much woopie.)
5. What is your favorite song ever? My most favorite song ever is How to Save a Life by the Fray. Period.
6. What is your favorite song right now?
Right now its Some Nights by Fun. Alternatively, when I’m writing, it’s The Path by The Moon & the Nightspirit.
7. If you were a sweet, what would you be?
Something fluffy and decadent. Divinity, maybe. Or fudge. I’m kind of fudgey.
8. What kind of car do you drive? An old chevy Tracker. She’s blue. Her name is Bluella.
9. What’s your favorite film?
I have a lot of favorites. At the top of the list is Kill Bill I & II. Then Spirited Away, and pretty much every other Ghibli movie.
10. Who’s your favorite actor?
I don’t really have a favorite, but I do like Cillian Murphy and Anne Hathaway.
11. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
I’d like to visit Texas sometime soon, but barring that I’m just happy to be home in my writing chair.
12. What are your 3 favorite smells?
Rain, that perfume I put on this morning (Dark Kiss from B&Bworks), aaaannnd… Christmas?
13. What are your 3 favorite tastes?
Orange chicken, anything cherry flavored, and mint.
14. What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring. It doesn’t leave my finger if I can help it, and it sparkles like a thousand suns. (Pretty much literally. …Dangerous driving distraction when the sun hits it.)
15. What did you always want to do/be when you grew up?
At first I wanted to be a marine biologist, and then a writer, and the an ASL interpreter, and now I’m a writer again. I’ve wanted to be a writer the whole time, actually, it just happens to be now that I believe I can actually do it.
16. If you were an ice-cream, what flavor would you be?
Mint-chocolate-chip.
17. If someone made a short film of your book, who would play your main character?
I dunno. Anyone who’d play Lucy would need very bright red hair.
18. What would your perfect afternoon consist of?
A heavy, cool rain, all the doors and windows open in the house so the smell can come in, a super comfortable position on the couch, my lappy, some good food, my lappy, and twelve uninterrupted hours to write.
19. If you were a flower, what would you be?
A chrysanthemum. They’re large and in-charge. Like fluffy roses.

20. Tell me a random thing – a quote, a line from a song, book, movie…This is pretty much my favorite quote ever.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

My Life and Junk

I’m not going to tell you my whole life story, (because it’s fairly uneventful), but I’ll touch on the important parts. I grew up in under the hot Texas sun, and my childhood was filled with wide, open spaces (mostly filled by cows) and mesquite trees, and the woods behind my house (which was actually a trailer). I had many friends, a few good enemies, and a lot of happy moments. My mother was and is still my best friend, and while it took me a while to grow into my father, I love him very much too. When I was thirteen, my sister Miranda was born, and it’s been noisy ever since. On the bright side, I learned how to change diapers, but on the other, well… you know. Little sisters. ‘Nuff said.

I changed school districts in middle school, right before my sister was born, and had to leave everyone I’d grown up with behind. Luckily for me, I met my future and current best friend at my new school, and we Skype every day while we write. I took Latin in high school, was in advanced placement English, and absolutely loathed my ap art teacher. (“Fix it” does not mean “here let me do this for you my way.” You butthead.) I graduated high school with honors, and shortly thereafter moved to California to be with my engaged-to-be-engaged man thing, Kevin. I’ve been here ever since.

Here’s My People

kev This is Kevin. He proposed to me on December 8th, 2012 and I cried and it was romantic, and I love him. Isn’t he adorable? He’s also grumpy, and will probably demand I take his picture down, so look at his face while you can! Anyway… we’ve been together almost ten years now, and I live happily with him and our two kitties in a nice little house in El Cajon, California. He’s hilarious and I love him. He’s also a writer, though he wont admit it to himself, and I keep telling him he needs to publish something. Ah well. Lead a horse to water, and all that. (Love you Kev! >.>)

mae Oh, Maegan. She’s pretty much my wife. My best friend of about eleven years. She gets my stupid humor and we’ll laugh at just about anything. We play Guild Wars 2 together, and often assassinate creepers in Minecraft when the days are dull. She’s a writer, just like me, and together we’ve decided to finally write and publish our books. I highly recommend you check out her stuff at http://www.facebook.com/TheNightTouchedChronicles .

kitties The furry loves of my life. I know what you’re thinking. “Really, Tori? Cats? You’re one of those people?” Hey! You… shush up. Pets are family too. The black and white one is Beauregard (Bo for short), and the massive fluffy gray thing is Emma (who’s original name was Yi Lao when we adopted her). They’re both about six years old, and have been with us atleast two of those years. Bo, I’m pretty sure is part squirrel, and likes to spazz for no reason. Emma is a lazy pile of fluff who likes to push me out of my space on the bed so she can lay down in it.

Now, there’s a lot of people in my life that I love very dearly, but I didn’t want this page to be enormously long, so if you’re not on here, you know who you are. I’m lucky to have so many people in my life who care about me and who I can connect to on various levels.

I’m almost sure 90% of this is terribly uninteresting for most of you, but if you made it this far, congrats.

I owe you a drink or something.

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  1. Thanks fir following “The Written Word”

    DarkJade-

  2. Good luck with your writing! And cherry is the best flavor–at least, that’s what this professor thinks!

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