In Which I Introduce Myself Further

Now that you’ve had some time to poke around the place, let me give you the official tour of my new home on the Web. Let’s start with the Bio tab. That’s where you’ll find my official head shot, courtesy of Brian Roache Photography, my official short “about the author,” and the incredibly necessary picture of my cats (because isn’t that really what the Internet is all about?). But that’s not all to the story.

Once upon a time, I was totally going to be an astronaut. I was a very lucky kid growing up, and I went to not one, not two, but all three levels of Space Camp in both Florida and Alabama. This was heavily influenced by all the Star Trek I was watching with my grandmother and the science fiction novels I was just starting to get into.

But then I started writing. And while I was good at math and decent at the hard sciences, I never had a passion for them. As a military brat growing up, I already knew I was never joining the Air Force, and my poor eyesight precluded me from becoming a pilot anyway. So instead of wanting to visit near-earth orbit, I set my goals higher: other worlds, other galaxies, and alternate universes.

(The other version of this story is when I spontaneously invented fanfiction at age 11, then discovered that lots of other people were way ahead of me when I finally got online at age 12. I definitely got out all my early writing kinks creating crazy mash-ups of different universes and exploring how the characters would interact with each other. This definitely influenced my alternate history obsession.)

The other thing you might have gotten a small taste of from my bio is that I’m a total geek. I watch way too much Netflix, though I excuse most of it by the fact that I watch on my phone while I speedwalk on the treadmill at the gym. I also thoroughly enjoy video games, though I don’t have nearly enough time to play them as much as I once did. (Let’s not go into the “Lost Years” aka my World of Warcraft addiction.) These days, I occasionally lose a few days to Dragon Age, or I’m co-oping with my husband in Civilization, Sim City, or Diablo III. He’s also reliving his childhood by watching me play the remastered Grim Fandango.

And finally, at the bottom of the page, is the requisite picture of the other loves of my life. I am a big fan of #adoptnotshop, and my three were rescued from a woman who accidentally ended up with three litters of purebred Siamese kittens (it’s a long story involving an irresponsible pet owner and a dog who thought it was hilarious to allow the male Siamese she was pet-sitting out of the guest room). Lucy, the darker seal point, and Nicki, the chocolate point, are from the same litter. Alex, the blue point, shares the same dad and is 2 weeks younger. That will probably not be the last picture of them to end up on this blog. For a regular helping, follow me on Instagram @hannaedits.

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Some final stats:

Places I have lived: Ohio, Texas, the Philippines, Hawaii, New Jersey, Washington, and Maryland.

Colleges: St. Mary’s College of Maryland (BA in English) and Seton Hill University (MA in Writing Popular Fiction)

Favorite TV shows: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, Supernatural

Favorite movies: Currently almost everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I watched Age of Ultron twice on opening day)

Favorite authors and books: That is a post in and of itself, so check back here later.

Favorite foods: Sushi and pizza (not at the same time).

Anything else you want to know? Feel free to ask in the comments! We’ll explore the next header tab (Books) later in the week.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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