Crafter, costumer, geek, and human resources professional.
Just the Basics
I'm a lifelong crafter - sewing, knitting, crochet, beadwork - if it involves needle and fiber, I've probably given it a go. I'm also a bit of a geek, so naturally I use all those needleworking skill in costuming. I draw from a mix of genres for my costuming inspiration - science fiction and fantasy, anime, historical, original design - and often pick a project because it will force me to learn a new skill. My latest was making my first corset! I was quite pleased with the result and learned a lot in process. I have a few tweaks to make to the pattern, but I'm looking forward to my next one.
In real life, I work in Human Resources. My days involve managing our systems, helping to administer our benefits and compensation plans, and trying to keep on top of the latest news and regulations in the HR world.
A Circuitous Route
I'm an information junkie but in many areas tend to take the broad but shallow approach. I've learned over the years that this is simply a core part of my personality, so it's hardly surprising that my graduate degrees are in library science and the law. Each profession tends to attract generalists with similar information acquisition styles: a little knowledge about a lot of topics. One of my professors in my master's program pointed this out to me, and it was a bit of a revelation to make the connection. (Of course, plenty of librarians and lawyers do specialize once in the workforce, but the programs of study for each are generalist.)
My catholic tastes in information acquisition have led me (obviously) to multiple degree programs over the years. I've also taken a number of courses at work (I work in higher education) just for fun. The day I got back to work from taking the bar exam, my assistant asked me when I was going to start my Ph.D.
I'm thinking about it.
So What Am I Doing Here?
Well, like a lot of us, I do hope to make a little money on the side while have a public forum for my meanderings! It's rather fun to put together the puzzle of internet writing and marketing, and my librarian's training is certainly useful when thinking in terms of search methodologies.
So while I write up some favorite recipes, a few crafting tutorials, and articles on benefits, I'll also put together more purely revenue-oriented pieces covering various product categories. I hope for a nice mix between writing for pure entertainment and education and writing in more deliberately profitable niches.