Contributors' Profiles

Danielle Butler (Dani) was born and raised in Colorado. Dani has shown interest in writing even at a young age. She was the first Executive Editor of Chaparral High School’s Literary Review 2001. She earned her bachelor degree in English Literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University). While at Mesa, Dani was an associate editor for Mesa’s Pinyon and a chapter member and president of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. Dani mainly worked with poetry and literary short stories relating to the complexity of relationships. Since graduation, Dani has been working at a bank where, among other duties, she has reviewed and rewriten over 50 procedures. Although she has kept up with writing exercises Dani hasn’t made writing a priority since graduating. This is her attempt on coming out of her writing hiatus.

Goal List:
  • back up all writing material on flash drives (and organize)
  • set aside two hours a week to write
  • create an online writing group
    • good prompt list
    • blog weekly (or more)
    • create a 'current life's truths' list as a prompt
    • write writing articles for the blog
    • regularly keep in touch with writing friends through the blog
  • finish a rough draft on past NaNoWriMo project book one of The Thecla Series
  • Type up all hand written notes and stories
  • Attend 2 conference/classes about writing
  • write a short story on Labecca's china story
  • donate to the NaNoWriMo
  • Participate in a contest and/or get a short piece published in a journal
  • Fill up one notebook

Aimee Fisher (Aimeeelizabeth) graduated from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) cum laude in 2004 with a B.A. in Writing and Literature. She is a former treasurer and president of the Tau Phi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, as well as student judge for the MSC Pinyon. She has taught classes on character development - specifically on  how to write villains, and is a member of several writing and critique groups. Her writing consists of genre fiction: urban fantasy, post apocalyptic, fantasy, and movie screenplays. She has a passion for learning foreign languages, especially Latin, Ancient Greek, Gaelic, and Russian.

Goal List:

  • Remember that it does not have to be perfect. 
  • I need to be more organized.
  • Remembering to backup everything. 
  • I want to branch out into different genres. 
  • I want to be published. 
  • I would like to be better at self editing.
  • I need to let more people read my stuff, even if I don't think I will take their advice. 

Amanda LaFantasie (Skoora) graduated in 2005 from Mesa State College, now called Colorado Mesa University , with a Bachelors Degree in music theatre. Along with her love of the performing arts, writing has always been one of her greatest passions. She writes both literary and genre fiction and strives toward a sort of combination of both. Much of her genre writing (novels, short stories, and collaborative written role-plays) falls under the categories of fantasy, supernatural, and homo-erotica. She is currently applying to three Creative Writing programs in an effort to take her writing to the next level as well as obtain an MFA in creative writing. 

Goal List:
  • Time management 
  • Keep the creative juices flowing
  • Finishing what I start
  • Grad school and everything to do with it.
  • Characters. I want a whole slew of people to populate my head and my time.

Hannah Richardson (Crimson Lantern) was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. She attended North High School where she was involved in a variety of things such as Choir, Drama, Art, and Latin Club and Creative Writing. She contributed to and was on the staff of the school’s creative writing magazine.
Crimson Lantern had been writing she was thirteen years old writing things from blogs, fan fiction, poetry, a recipe book, and collaborative written role plays. However, her first love has always been novel writing particularly of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance genres. She hopes to complete one novel over the next year and continue on with several others currently in the works.

Goal List:

  • Finish writing a novel
  • Improve spelling and grammar
  • Be more descriptive
  • Write mroe eloquently and elegantly
  • Improve my writing habit/setting word goals
  • Get something published

Elizabeth Kelly (Tory Kasper) is a 21 year old aspiring author who hails from small town Wallace, Idaho. She has never considered Wallace to be her home and has found solace in Moscow, Idaho.  She considers herself a decent writer, but she has much room to grow.  Her repertoire spans back over a decade with thousands of pages of short stories, writing prompts, and co-authored pieces to her name. She is a genre author focusing on Special Interest Fiction as well as Mystery/Suspense.  She is currently working on several novels, one independently while others are co-authored by friends and family.  She hopes to have the first draft of one of these novels completed by March of next year.  She writes short stories regularly, however she rarely shares these, and they are rarely ever finished.  She has a fondness towards poetry and essay writing, but she will admit her heart lies with prose.

Goal List:
  • To complete and publish a full length novel!
  • To research and find my fit for an MFA program.
  • To complete and send off short stories for publication.
  • To learn time management and to adhere to deadlines.
  • To become more willing to write about topics that I may not necessarily have any interest in.
  • To expand my repertoire.
  • To be able to write more, faster and more confidently

Katina (editor)- An engineer working for the local government, she's most recently been in charge of some projects which require copy editing reports. Editing for this blog (currently she edits Dani's and Amanda's entries) is only light editing - e.g. word, spelling, minor grammatical corrections (i.e. ending sentences with a preposition is okay but the whole "Billy and I/me" issue is not), etc..

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