Jillian

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a 29-year-old girl from Newfoundland, Canada

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"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." - Thomas Mann

Hi!  : )

In the interest of learning a little more about one another, I've gone ahead and written a few details about myself below.
Please leave a comment so I can return the favour and visit you!

The Basics

1. I'm from Newfoundland, a truly awesome place; come visit!
2. I have a degree in international business (with a concentration in marketing) and a minor in German language and literature (It's a mouthful, I know).
3. I am attending law school at the University of New Brunswick.
4. I like to travel. In 2008/2009, I was living in Germany. I was there for my studies (see point number 2).
5. I absolutely love to read (illustrated by the list below).
6. My favourite authors include Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams, Jane Austen and a host of others.
7. I own way too many shoes (not that I'm complaining).
8. I like lists. 


My Writing
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1. I've written two manuscripts in the genre of chick lit. 
2. One of these manuscripts has been published. You can check it out by following this link or finding me on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Chapters. Or you can find an e-version here.
3. I've had two poems published in a local university journal called Paragon II.
4. Back in March, Nick asked me to be a guest blogger on Protagonize (which I gladly accepted); my entry is called Confessions of a Wordaholic




A Few Thoughts/Tips about Protagonize

Protagonize has been an amazing creative catalyst for me over the past couple of years (and still going!) If it hadn't been for Protag, I wouldn't, for example, have had those poems published, because, before being on Protag, I never would have dreamed of trying my hand at poetry. And that goes for a lot of other genres and types of writing that I was able to explore and experiment with. What I'm getting at is, it's a great way to creatively stretch your fingers and mind and explore new areas of writing, while getting some great feedback, so get to it! 

Not sure how to start? When I'm feeling low on ideas or motivation, I usually go to the "Orphaned Works" and start reading through those until something strikes me as so fun and interesting that I can't help but to add to it. If nothing else, you'll get your creative juices flowing and get ideas churning. If you're lucky, someone else will add and it will turn into a great collab! Trust me, there are some real gems on this site that simply get overlooked in the mass of content floating around. Give it a try : )

Another idea, if you're more serious about working on a collaboration, is to just start reading! Get an idea of other author's writing styles. When you come across an author whose writing style you enjoy or you think would suit your own, why not just ask them if they would like to start a collab with you? Two heads are most definitely better than one when dreaming up some juicy plot lines, so go for it : ) Everyone around here is friendly and loves to write so don't be afraid to just ask!
 

Stories:

These are a few of the stories that I am either working on with others, plan to work on more, or just enjoy.

1. The Story that Ends 
2. Outsmart started by Rac7hel
3. The Daughter of Captain Madoc MacKay (a solo)
5. After Hours
6. Drop Point started by Amo1143

 

Currently Reading:

 

 

Recently Enjoyed: 

Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen by J.K. Rowling
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella)
DON'T PANIC by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Brehrendt & Liz Tuccillo
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Fool by Christopher Moore
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Instructions for Living Someone Else's Life by Mil Millington
Naked by David Sedaris
Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Brisingr (3rd in the Inheritance Cycle) by Chrisopher Paolini
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Carry on, Jeeves by P. Wodehouse
Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
Bartimaeus Trilogy: Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathon Stroud
The Ridiculous Race by Steve Hely & Vali Chandrasekaran
Magician: Apprentice by Raymond Feist
Fluke: Or, I know why the winged whale sings by Christopher Moore
Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

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