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 Good afternoon everyone! My name is Cait. I'm 25 years old, and I live with my husband of almost 2 years and our adorable cat Matilda (where my username comes from!). I love shopping, cooking and baking (I'm a huge foodie), and of course, writing.

I'm Canadian, but last year moved to California for my husband's job. I'm not allowed to work due to visa restrictions, so I find myself with a lot of free time. It's been several years since I've written anything, unfortunately, but I really want to get back into it. My plan is to get my thoughts flowing again by doing daily writing exercises and perhaps a few short stories.  

I'm a little behind everyone, as I'm afraid I'm not even sure what type of story I'd like to write! I love reading historical fiction, and have my B.A. in History, so I may go this route. There are a lot of cool stories passed down through my family that I'd love to incorporate into a novel as well. I guess my goal is very basic at the moment - to sort myself out, figure out what I want to write, and start writing it! Easier said than done ;)

Some favourite books and authors: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Dracula by Bram Stoker, any Jane Austen book, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, and the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Currently reading: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent, and loving it!

I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all, and I'm happy to be a part of the community :) 


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Oct. 13th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
So nice to meet you, Cait! I'm Ashley :) I'm in sort of the same situation as you - I can't find a job in this town with my degree (gee, who thought Russian Studies would leave me so high and dry) so I have a lot more free time than ever before. I started with a few fan fiction stories last year and realized I really wanted to try writing original fiction again (though like you - it had been quite a while since I'd attempted it).

Woo-hoo historical fiction! What time period/place are you interested in?

Thanks so much for joining us - hopefully we can help you jumpstart your writing again!
Oct. 13th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Hi Ashely! Thanks for the warm welcome :)

I love to read about the late Middle Ages in Europe, specifically the UK, but at the same time I feel like there are so many novels out there about this time period that maybe I should stay away!

I'm also really drawn to the early to mid 1800's in North America. This is the time period when some of my ancestors came to Canada, and there are some really cool stories about them that have been passed along. I'd love to be able to write something that could incorporate some of these stories!
Oct. 13th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Ooooh I know it's just a fan fic, but I'm writing a story that takes place in the 1870s American West and now I'm completely gaga for this time period in North American history haha! That's so cool that your family has stories that you could use! I love reading amazing books and then finding out they're based on true stories - it makes it that much cooler.

And about a bunch of books set in late Medieval England - I'd say don't let it stop you. Those books are popular for a reason - because they're awesome - and if yours has a unique story and characters than the others out there it will stand out on its own :)
Oct. 13th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Hiya! And welcome!!
Oct. 13th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Hello! Nice to meet you :)
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
nice to meet you too :)
Oct. 13th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Hi, welcome. :)
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Some favourite books and authors: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I just saw the movie last night. Have you seen it yet? What did you think of the book?
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
I haven't seen it yet! What are your thoughts?

I found it very difficult to get into the book (there were even times when I almost stopped trying to read it). However, once I did, I was so impressed. The whole mood he created and the last part of the book really made me love it, even though it really depressed me!
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Hi! Welcome to the club!
Oct. 15th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Hi Cait! :) And yay! Another Californian!

You'll have to excuse me, I'm the crazy one of the bunch me thinks ;)

Welcome to the group!
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