In my youth, I was a musician and songwriter. I majored in piano in performing arts high school, and then moved to New York City to become a rock star. :)  After the second eviction, I came home with my tail between my legs and went to college for psychology, thinking that I would become a counseling child psychologist.  During college, I found the Internet, and started programming, so that's what I ended up doing professionally for many years. Tired of the long hours and yucky office politics, I went back to school to train as a massage therapist, and did that for almost a decade. Now I find myself as a caretaker of a family member and a house full of pets.

Through all of these incarnations, I've been writing. When I was 10, I would answer the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?" with "writer for a horror tv show"--think Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Twilight Zone, or Night Gallery. That still sounds cool. I wrote a wildly popular (with all 4 people who read it) blog called Nestfeather with my ex, and I've been published quite a bit in smaller literary magazines. I won the Janice E. Cole Writing Prize as a student at Hood College and more recently was a nonfiction finalist in the Arts & Letters Journal contest.

My current goals include publishing a series of anthologies of women's writing and turning one of my short stories into a novel.