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I have spent my life with one foot in Washington State and the other in the UK, where I currently reside. I have worked with college students to improve their writing at Whatcom Community College,and currently attend Durham University in England.
I am a columnist for Carpe Nocturne, I run three blogs and a website. On the latter I write book reviews and flash fiction. I am also a novelist.

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      • Starting a Magazine
        3

        Starting a Magazine

        18 months ago

        Greetings!I'm currently a college student (though I've been told I count as a "mature" student due to my age), and I'm starting a student-run, non-profit magazine to support local writers. We're wanting it to...

      • The Prometheanism debate
        17

        The Prometheanism debate

        2 years ago

        Prometheanism is based off the Myth of Prometheus, who brought fire to earth - for which the Gods punished him. His belief was that we should have that knowledge. This, through time, became the core of the idea of...

      • Blog Planner Website
        2

        Blog Planner Website

        3 years ago

        Alright you entrepreneurs out there - I see so much about blog planners, and the importance of blog planning, and even more sites about buying the planners, or free downloads of them (and most of them are pretty girly)....

      • Blessings in Disguise
        26

        Blessings in Disguise

        3 years ago

        Alright, so let's be positive. The world is full of  Negative Nancy's and I resolve no longer to be one! So, I would like to share one of my less than wonderful moments that turned out be blessings in disguise....

      • The GIF faf
        2

        The GIF faf

        3 years ago

        Why? Why are these "articles" so popular? A line with no explanation most of the time and just a quick little animation accenting it before moving on the next line. Please some one explain it to me.I feel like...

      • Favorite conspiracy
        3

        Favorite conspiracy

        3 years ago

        I have been hearing about giant death camps and all sorts of government conspiracies over the years. Some I think are ridiculous, while others I find plausible. In wondering which ones are your favorite, whether you...

      • Complaint challenge
        16

        Complaint challenge

        3 years ago

        I read somewhere, on some inspirational quote meme or something (off to a vague start, I know!), something along the lines of going an entire day without complaining and watching your world change.I decided that this...

      • First bout of feeling old and dated
        7

        First bout of feeling old and dated

        3 years ago

        I discovered in my boyfriend's Wii that he had Super Mario Brothers 2. I got super excited and started playing. When he made fun of me for doing so badly, I heatedly defended myself by reminding him it had been 20 years...

      • Catch Me up! I've been away from HP for about 5 months!
        8

        Catch Me up! I've been away from HP for about 5 months!

        3 years ago

        aside from popping in from time to time to check on views, I've for the most part not really been a part of Hubpages for a few months. I feel like there are things that have changed. I have no idea. Any one fancy...

      • YouWriteOn - do you know about this site?
        1

        YouWriteOn - do you know about this site?

        4 years ago

        I had fellow Hubber, Radical Rog, recommend this site to me when I asked about submitting chapters to a site one at a time. I had a look at it, and I'm kind of in love with it. Basically, you can put up to 7,000 words...

      • Fiction Press
        3

        Fiction Press

        4 years ago

        I'm testing out FictionPress.comSo far, I find the site busy and difficult to navigate through. I found the same thing with writing.com - though that was just too busy to really digest anything I was discovering on...

      • Booksie
        1

        Booksie

        4 years ago

        I'm giving Booksie a whirl. Any one tried this? Any thoughts or comments?

      • Is Syria a modern Vietnam to us?
        19

        Is Syria a modern Vietnam to us?

        4 years ago

        It sounds to me that while there is a horrific Civil war going on in Syria, every one is trying to get the rest of the world outraged at what is going on within Syrian boarders. But is this another thing where we are...

      • The Maps Capsule
        8

        The Maps Capsule

        4 years ago

        I love having the map option. I write a travel Hub from time to time, and I enjoy having the ability to show the stops. However, one thing I would like to suggest for an alteration:When maps are done, they have the...

      • Vacation on Hubpages
        5

        Vacation on Hubpages

        4 years ago

        So, I worked pretty hard to get my hubscore up and was pretty proud of the status I was holding. However, summer, as it often does, has hit, and with it lashing out so violently with fun, I have just returned from a ten...

      • Parent Licensing
        15

        Parent Licensing

        4 years ago

        I've been thinking this for a while, and I know many of you will take this the wrong way, but if you think about it, it really does make sense.I think that parents should have to undergo a test and get a license in...

      • Satanic Church Preforming Same Sex Marriage over Grave of WBC...
        48

        Satanic Church Preforming Same Sex Marriage over Grave of WBC...

        4 years ago

        's grave. What do you think. I see the argument of two wrongs don't make a right, but at the same time, it's a bit of a taste of their own medicine. Members of the Boston Satanic Church performed a "Pink...

      • The News
        4

        The News

        4 years ago

        Ever get inspired by the news and think "Wow! That's awful! I'm going to write a story with this as a premise!" and then feel bad that you're personally getting something good from something bad?

      • Elimination of Section 5 in the Voting Rights Act
        1

        Elimination of Section 5 in the Voting Rights Act

        4 years ago

        What eliminating that a huge mistake? I kind of feel it is based on how Texas jumped on ithttp://tv.msnbc.com/2013/06/25/supreme- … ights-law/and....http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/06/25/that-was … ting-laws/

      • Consider the Ant
        7

        Consider the Ant

        4 years ago

        This morning I woke up as the sun was rising. I of course dozed and woke again not long after. I got up to make my tea in the kitchen and happened to catch the tiniest bit of movement on the roof just outside the...

      • Status Updates
        3

        Status Updates

        4 years ago

        You know, there's these three little tab at the top of the Hubpages feed page, one is next to the Question and Forum tabs - it reads Status. I feel it is a neglected button, and I know only one person that I have...

      • Hub Layout
        2

        Hub Layout

        4 years ago

        I really like the new guidelines of Hubs, where it suggests how many pictures and other capsules to have and gives you a word count as well. I used these features all the time. however, I  am concerned about...

      • Slowing Time Down
        10

        Slowing Time Down

        4 years ago

        This really interesting article talks about how to slow down how we perceive time, simply by noticing things and paying attention.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/1 … lp00000009it reminds me a bit of the...

      • Fukushima
        1

        Fukushima

        4 years ago

        Not long after the earth quakes and tidal waves that caused the Fukushima disaster, they have started several reactors. I personally live in Washington State, in a pretty good line of wind. Other west-coasters, or not...

      • Sustainability
        2

        Sustainability

        4 years ago

        Do you work towards zero waste and sustainability? What do you do?I was at a person's house yesterday that was designed to be temperature regulated without a heater or cooler (wood stove for the winter, yes), and was...

      • Drug Companies exempt from law suits
        12

        Drug Companies exempt from law suits

        4 years ago

        Have you heard about this? http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q … -lawsuits/

      • I'm Staring it
        2

        I'm Staring it

        4 years ago

        Common, let's list prompts. I want to see some one write an article on dog training from the perspective of Tigger. Go!

      • ODesk
        1

        ODesk

        4 years ago

        Have you put to use Odesk.com? And passed that first test? It's kind of brilliant in that it makes sure that the user knows all the rules and policies but it is certainly written like a lawyer wrote it!

      • 100!
        9

        100!

        4 years ago

        I just got a Hub Score of 100!!!!For the longest time I was convinced that you had to be in the apprenticeship program to get a hub score of 100 - but I done it! I know that they don't mean too terribly much, but it's...

      • I seem to have a penny less
        5

        I seem to have a penny less

        4 years ago

        My earnings are a penny less than they were this morning...

      • Challenge Accepted!
        1

        Challenge Accepted!

        4 years ago

        I want to know what people want to read about! So I propose this! Here on this thread we shall each post something we want to read about but don't want to write about. As long as it's Hubpages appropriate, some one...

      • Potentially embarrassing grammatical blunder!
        7

        Potentially embarrassing grammatical blunder!

        4 years ago

        I just wrote an entire hub, full length with pictures and polls and everything - about Altars. Just happened to Google something where a link popped up talking about the difference between Alter, and Altar. Guess which...

      • We're all thinking it
        2

        We're all thinking it

        4 years ago

        I'm just saying it.Cat videos are awesome. I just came across a new amazing one that makes me giggle way too much. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awf45u6zrP0What's your favorite ones? I have far too many

      • What kind of goals do you set yourself each day?
        1

        What kind of goals do you set yourself each day?

        4 years ago

        I set goals each day in each area of my life. Today my goals are to research porta-potties for an event my company is throwing; to reorganize the way the waste is handled at my part time job; and to re-write two of my...

      • Inspiration walked through the door
        1

        Inspiration walked through the door

        4 years ago

        I had this amazing experience today! My high school creative writing teacher came into my work, and remembered me. This woman has been the one who has kept me going on writing when I've felt like just giving up and...

      • The Cronut Craze
        2

        The Cronut Craze

        4 years ago

        Ok Hubpages, some one help me figure out how to make these things. Apparently they're so good that people are exchanging um...adult favors for them. I haven't heard of them before this article, but  they look...

      • Where I can I write more taboo subjects?
        9

        Where I can I write more taboo subjects?

        4 years ago

        I love Hubpages - and I love the community. But I want to be able to branch out with my writing and write about perhaps more adult content, or write about the local legalization of pot in Washington without having to...

      • To Be A Ghost Writer - is there a point?
        11

        To Be A Ghost Writer - is there a point?

        4 years ago

        I recently came across the opportunity to be a ghost writer. I am not sure how I feel about it, as I want to build my portfolio up as much as possible, and am worried about not being able to claim credit. If I can't...

      • What music do you prefer when you're writing?
        13

        What music do you prefer when you're writing?

        4 years ago

        Today at work I found myself wanting some summery music on Pandora, and to my delight, after typing in "summer", the best phrase that could have suited my tastes popped up - "Summer hits from the...

      • Is "hate" a sin?
        48

        Is "hate" a sin?

        4 years ago

        If we are to treat our neighbors kindly and the word of God and Jesus is a word of love, then is to hate a sin?

      • Ecuador to Educated the American Public
        8

        Ecuador to Educated the American Public

        4 years ago

        There were rumors that Snowden was going to Ecuador, so the US threatened to end economic aid if they allowed him to seek sanctuary there. Their president responded by waiving the aid benefits and instead offered what...

      • Taking Back Sam Sex Marriage Right
        58

        Taking Back Sam Sex Marriage Right

        4 years ago

        Just after Same-Sex marriage was legalized in California - It's been immediately asked to be "intervened by the court". Should it be? After all, isn't that how a democracy works?

      • Republicans Aren't Christians
        16

        Republicans Aren't Christians

        4 years ago

        So claims this interesting opinion piece. I personally think it sounds about right about MOST people in politics, regardless of which political side they chose. http://www.forwardprogressives.com/its- … hristians/

      • Share Your Facebook Page!
        8

        Share Your Facebook Page!

        4 years ago

        A while ago, I was emailed by a fellow hubber who then added me on facebook and started a group called "Hubbers", a way for everyone to share their new Hubs. I thought it was neat! So, since I found myself...

      • Vaccines
        2

        Vaccines

        4 years ago

        recently a Vaccination researcher came for to explain her findings so she could sleep with a better conscious. What do you think of this?http://www.realfarmacy.com/the-lead-vac … AwGy8ZM.01

      • Is it effective to post your hubs in the forums?
        5

        Is it effective to post your hubs in the forums?

        4 years ago

        I was under the impression that we're not really supposed to be promoting our Hubs specifically in the forums - though I could be wrong. However, I have seen many people over the last year asking for help n their Hubs -...

      • Which situation is better?
        2

        Which situation is better?

        4 years ago

        Which would you rather be: illiterate but with your ideal loving situation, or a complete genius and completely wealthy?Why?

      • Do You Pay to promote your writing?
        6

        Do You Pay to promote your writing?

        4 years ago

        I recently got onto Google Sites simply to try it out, and decided to make a site for my writing so I could experiment with it. But now I am wondering if it's worth it to actually pay for it?

      • Authors Publish Magazine
        1

        Authors Publish Magazine

        4 years ago

        I stumbled upon this via Facebook. It's a magazine that is specifically for freelance writers. They essentially email you issues which have links and articles on how to improve writing and/or get published. So far I see...

      • The president is behind it?
        1

        The president is behind it?

        4 years ago

        I hear Fox News is contemplating whether or not the President is behind a meteor seen over Russia - a plot to prove Global Warming.I have a great many thoughts on this - but where are my manners? You first!

      • To Contradict Myself..
        3

        To Contradict Myself..

        4 years ago

        After going through and fixing up some of my hubs, I was delighted to hear that I have 50 HUBS FEATURED!!! I'm super excited about this. I hear that's only 1%???Just gloating I guess - I rarely get gloating rights

      • Tribe Writer
        3

        Tribe Writer

        4 years ago

        I stumbled upon Tribewriter.com, which is a course to help you "create your tribe" which regularly reads your writing. Has any one else given this a chance? It looks like it runs between $50-$160 (more?). Has...

      • The new "featured" evaluation
        24

        The new "featured" evaluation

        4 years ago

        I know that there is a discussion somewhere in here, but I couldn't find it. Sorry!I appreciate the new tools to help produce a featured hub, but the word count gets me down. Usually I have no problem getting to 1250+...

      • An Emailing outlining Agenda
        2

        An Emailing outlining Agenda

        4 years ago

        I came across this article entitled "Rockefeller Email from 2002 Outlines Armageddon Agenda and Transition to New World" How does it make you feel? Do you believe it? http://www.collective-evolution.com/201...

      • How can I get Freelance Writing Jobs?
        21

        How can I get Freelance Writing Jobs?

        4 years ago

        Another hubber, DrMark1961 asked if Hubbing could be a full time job, which got my attention. I have always wanted to be a full time writer, and while I know that Hubpages is not going to give me a hefty pay out what...

      • Profile Page Update
        4

        Profile Page Update

        4 years ago

        I've been getting emails from Hubpages saying So and So is now following me, or they left fan mail or a whatever, yet when I go to check my profile to see the new number of followers, it's at the same number it has been...

      • Have you read any controversial Books?
        4

        Have you read any controversial Books?

        4 years ago

        I came across a book which just looked absolutely fascinating to me. I certainly do not read according to any social stigma, however, the book itself was not for sale, and I couldn't bring myself to asking the clerk...

      • If you were to start a petition, what would be your cause?
        3

        If you were to start a petition, what would be your cause?

        4 years ago

        I have been involving myself in a group called the World Changers of Cascadia, focusing on areas that we can work on toward making the world a better place. As a result, with a diverse group of people, I'm learning...

      • A plot to remove the 2nd Amendment?
        7

        A plot to remove the 2nd Amendment?

        4 years ago

        Tragically, today there were two shootings, one in Mississippi and one in New Orleans. There have been several over the last couple months, and I just have to ask, is it a government ploy to abolish our Second Amendment?

      • vaccinations
        14

        vaccinations

        4 years ago

        what is your opinion? Is it a conspiracy or a grace to humanity? Has it halted our natural evolution to resistance to disease?

      • Tapioca
        5

        Tapioca

        4 years ago

        Have you ever experienced an adverse reaction to tapioca?

      • Birth Control For Men
        5

        Birth Control For Men

        4 years ago

        http://techcitement.com/culture/the-bes … s-for-men/This article explains a "new" birth control for men which involves a 15 minute procedure done in a doctor's office where they inject a blocker into...

      • World Changers of Cascadia
        1

        World Changers of Cascadia

        4 years ago

        I have become involved in a group called World Changers of Cascadia (feel free to check it out on facebook), and we're trying to get the communities involved in things to help out. We have a great many ideas, and we're...

      • Google Plus
        2

        Google Plus

        4 years ago

        I got a G+ account so I could blog and expand, and I'm having a tough time finding people on it. Does any one else have any success with it?

      • How do you break up the winter?
        5

        How do you break up the winter?

        4 years ago

        There's so much going on in December and then all d a sudden it stops, ad winter becomes the long stretch of just cold and dark until march. How do you break it up so it doesn't seem so long?

      • Artist
        6

        Artist

        4 years ago

        I have a graphic novel idea, but I don't know how to go about finding an artist or even working with an artist. How does one convey one artistic idea to an artist of an entirely different genre?

      • How do you write a biography?
        4

        How do you write a biography?

        4 years ago

        I know a truly inspirational person. Well, by "I know" I mean I am acquainted with. She has battled the law on so many things due to her amazing adopted son who was dealt a tricky hand, and happens to be a...

      • Why________________?
        3

        Why________________?

        4 years ago

        Fill in the blank!

      • Let's Play the "I Like" Game
        20

        Let's Play the "I Like" Game

        4 years ago

        I find that it is so easy to get wrapped up in the little things and get down by them. There are a few of us in my work situation and in my personal relationships that practice the "I Like" game. When we get...

      • Mitt Romney didn't want to be President
        11

        Mitt Romney didn't want to be President

        4 years ago

        http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mitt … ction.htmlSo what does everyone think of this statement issued by his father about Romney's losing the Presidential Race?

      • the Second Amendment - Conservative or Liberal?
        6

        the Second Amendment - Conservative or Liberal?

        4 years ago

        When I think of guns and those fighting to keep the freedom to keep them, I generally think of a more conservative mindset. However, It could be argued that it is quite liberal in that it is expressing a freedom that we...

      • Welcome to the Age of Aquarius!
        3

        Welcome to the Age of Aquarius!

        4 years ago

        So did any one do anything in particular to celebrate the world not ending on the 21st? Personally, I was taking part in my birthday party, and we counted down. It was fun. The next day I rose bring and early, enjoying...

      • I killed a fly today
        24

        I killed a fly today

        4 years ago

        That was the end if it's world. Is it that easy for the cosmos to do the same?

      • Ever Think About Boycotting Christmas?
        41

        Ever Think About Boycotting Christmas?

        4 years ago

        I'm just wondering. After all, it causes so much stress for every one, and is a pretty costly time of the year. Ever think about just saying "you know, this year I'm going to ignore it"?

      • Poles
        18

        Poles

        4 years ago

        I would love the ability to post poles on HP without having to write a hub. I think the pole feature would be a good way to get the general vibe of people about an issue, and can be a way of gathering opinion of the...

      • Paleo Diet?
        5

        Paleo Diet?

        4 years ago

        Can someone explain this to me and why it is so popular? I looked into it, and the main thing that stuck out to me was the excessive amount of meat consumed and saturated fat. When I was learning about Nutrition, I was...

      • Lets Create a Creature
        2

        Lets Create a Creature

        4 years ago

        So, I'm going to list a creature and it's body part, then you continue on, sumerizing what has been created (briefly). Then we will go on to create it's life, where it's from, what it's doing, what it's meal patterns...

      • Difficulty with Food Allergies
        32

        Difficulty with Food Allergies

        3 years ago

        After the holidays I am going to go Gluten Free and Dairy Free to find out which I'm allergic to, and perhaps move on from there. I have done the Gluten free thing, which is not terribly difficult for me. I have mostly...

      • Dutch Oven!! How Do I Make It Work???
        1

        Dutch Oven!! How Do I Make It Work???

        4 years ago

        I love to cook! However, over the last 8 or 9 months, my new job hasn't allowed me to indulge in the intricate and delicious meals I used to have fun slinging around the kitchen. I finally got a dutch oven - hurray!!!...

      • Soy
        6

        Soy

        4 years ago

        I've got my opinion on soy, and aside from it being heavily under a GMO label, what does every one think of it health wise?

      • In Washington State as of December 6, marijuana is legal
        18

        In Washington State as of December 6, marijuana is legal

        4 years ago

        The taxes made from this are going toward marijuana research, rehabilitation centers, after school programs, education and a very small percentage of it is going towards bridges.It is estimated to bring in half a...

      • Are we on our way to 1984?
        6

        Are we on our way to 1984?

        4 years ago

        Briton certainly are well watched with their CCTV everywhere, the running gag being "Big Brother Briton", but what about the US? Think that we are on our way to the Orwellian disutopia?

      • Post Apocalypse Food
        4

        Post Apocalypse Food

        4 years ago

        So, if you're hosting a party, what kind of post apocalyptic foods would you serve? Or, if zombies attack, what would you forage and cook?

      • Genetically Modified Foods
        12

        Genetically Modified Foods

        4 years ago

        I personally am quite against them. And I am horrified that they aren't required by law to be labelled. What do you think?

      • What have been your most effective writing prompts?
        6

        What have been your most effective writing prompts?

        4 years ago

        I recently wrote a hub about writing prompts, and what works for me. But I want to hear what works for every one else. I like actual prompts for a story, such as "You walk into your sister's livingroom. The...

      • What would you say is the World's biggest issue?
        2

        What would you say is the World's biggest issue?

        4 years ago

        I am not saying the biggest problem in the Middle East, the biggest problem as a Western Culture, but as a Earth-bound community, what is the largest problem we as humans are currently facing?

      • What is your take on growing food, not lawns?
        16

        What is your take on growing food, not lawns?

        4 years ago

        There are some places which prohibit growing a vegetable patch instead of growing a front lawn. What do you think about this?

      • Do you Believe We're Overpopulated? If so, what should we do to fix it
        123

        Do you Believe We're Overpopulated? If so, what should we do to fix it

        4 years ago

        I personally believe we are extremely overpopulated, and I don't believe enough is being done to fix it. I think that we need to have stricter laws about how bit our families can be, and I think that adoption should be...

      • HubPages Suggestions Thread
        2

        HubPages Suggestions Thread

        4 years ago

        After dabbling on other writing sites, I have to say so far I like Hub Pages the most. However, I have a few suggestions I wanted to voice to help improve HubPages. This is a *POLITE* thread where people can voice their...

      • Just for funsies - What are two words you get mixed up and shouldn't?
        11

        Just for funsies - What are two words you get mixed up and shouldn't?

        4 years ago

        I used to get brother and boyfriend mixed up. Not their meanings, obviously, but just in speech. Mushroom and marshmallow as well, which was interesting when I was a barista asking customers if they wanted mushrooms on...

      • Good Deeds
        11

        Good Deeds

        4 years ago

        What are some good deeds that you have witnessed, done yourself, or had done to you?It's so easy to focus on the negative, but I think it is so incredibly important to remember that there is beauty in the world and good...

      • Star Wars Vs. Harry Potter - Go!
        1

        Star Wars Vs. Harry Potter - Go!

        4 years ago

        On New Years Day I watched all the Harry Potter Movies. I just completed the Star Wars saga. I see a lot of similarities between the two - at least in terms of Luke and Harry. Both were orphaned, didn't know there was...

      • The Washington and Colorado Marijuana Laws
        2

        The Washington and Colorado Marijuana Laws

        4 years ago

        I have heard a lot of people for and against it. Why are you for, why are you against? Are there any unaddressed issues?Personally, I don't partake, but I do believe it should be legalized. There are so many medicinal...

      • Should the US Appologise to Muslims?
        44

        Should the US Appologise to Muslims?

        5 years ago

        I ask this because from what I understand of the situation, it was an American who decided to make a film, lied to the actors and all those involved as to what it was about, and dubbed over the English script in Arabic,...

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