Understanding the need to write in a variety of voices she joined the online role playing group: Like a Dream, a continuation of events since the end of the cartoon Jem and the Holograms in December of 2003. It is there that she developed a love for character growth and the constant collaboration with other writers and players. The group formally closed in May 2007 due to reality taking over the lives of the players that were remaining. The characters from the Jem and the Holograms cartoon that she wrote in the group included:
- Kimber Benton: younger sister of Jerrica Benton, pianist and primary songwriter of Jem and the Holograms
- Rory “Riot” Llewelyn: lead singer of The Stingers
- Constance “Clash” Montgomery: cousin of Video and groupie to The Misfits
She joined the online web drama: Currents set in fictional Hope’s Cove, FL in early 2004. She has been with the writing team ever since. Though the series has been on hiatus since January 2008, there has been talk and speculation that a re-invention of the web-drama to cater to the differing schedules of its writers may be a possibility. The lessons learned in working in collaboration with other writers proved to be invaluable in the learning process towards continuing in her passion of writing.
For a spell in 2005 she was one of two writers that created the columnist: Aunt Eppy at the EpiGuide, an online forum dedicated to the various online web serials. Aunt Eppy is a tongue-in-cheek advice columnist from the south with a love of listening to other people’s dramas and telling it like it is. Unfortunately Aunt Eppy only appeared in the following EpiGuide newsletters: April 2005, May 2005, June 2005, July 2005, and Sept 2005.
In April 2010, she was asked to be a co-blogger for the online blogs:
- Pure So You Think You Can Dance aka PureSYTYCD
- Pure America’s Got Talent
- Pure Dancing with the Stars aka PureDWTS
- Pure TV Network aka PureTVNet (joined May 2012)
When X-Factor was first announced she was also asked to help blog for Pure X-Factor, however, due to time constraints at the time she had to decline until a later time.
It is via the above blogs that she stretched her journalism chops and was granted the following opportunities:
At Pure America’s Got Talent:
- co-interviewed celebrity judge: Howie Mandel when he was first introduced to America’s Got Talent as judge
- interviewed some of the Top Ten finalists of Season 5
- had a more in-depth interview with Top Ten finalist of Season 5: Prince Poppycock
At Pure So You Think You Can Dance:
- received passes for Burn the Floor in compensation for writing an online review about the show on the PureSYTYCD blog
- interviewed SYTYCD alumni when she visited NYC for the production of Disney’s the Newsies
It is via these experiences that she learned how to marry personal opinions with strong hard facts and statistics.
Meanwhile at Pure Dancing with the Stars she has been hard at work with the following features:
- Predictions and Pre-Season Eliminations and Scores
- Weekly Scorecard and other Stats aka Stats Class
- Pros & Cons of the Professional Dancers (2010 Edition)
Eventually her journalism skills caught the attention of the local entertainment writers and she was asked to share her impressions of various community theatre productions in the western suburbs of Chicago. Some of these reviews have been posted in the TribLocal:
- October 2011: Theatre-on-the-Hill’s Den of Thieves
- April 2012: Theatre-on-the-Hill’s God of Carnage
Seeing a kind of stagnation with her personal website, she decided to revamp it completely and turn it into an online weblog as a source of sharing thoughts, ideas, opinions and anything else that happen to come across her mind. Some of her reviews have been mentioned, particularly those of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger in regards to the audiobooks for: Soulless, Changeless and Blameless as well as the paperback versions of Heartless and Timeless.
Between her day job and her plethora of hobbies to fill the evenings she finds time discovering new music, literary works, theatre productions to continuously stretch her appreciation of the arts. For more information about what she has done on stage can be found on her Thespian page.
Even through her current endeavors, she hasn’t forgotten her humble beginnings as a fictional writer and continues to write pieces in what little spare time she has left. Current projects include a series of short stories and various scripts for the stage. All notes that were connected with previous writing projects that were cancelled or shelved indefinitely could be found at “Beyond the Abyss”.