Member Since 2012-06-07

  • Bio

    Name: Everyone online has known me as Rhov since 2000. I even answer to that name IRL.
    Location: Oregon, where it always rains...always...
    Age: Somewhere over 30.
    Sex: Double-X chromosomes, but I'm just "one of the guys."
    Horoscope: Leo and a Goat/Sheep, which totally contradict each other. Proud and a leader, yet shy and dependent. No wonder I'm messed up!
    Ethnicity: All-American Mixed-Blood. Irish, Spanish, Black Dutch, Welsh, Cherokee, Choctaw, Blackfoot Tribe...

    Relationships: Married, no kids, a cat.
    Occupation: grant proposal writer, former Hollywood extra actress. I still model for photo shoots, nothing gravure.
    Physique: Tallest girl amongst my friends, maybe technically overweight but I hide it well and I don't stress out over a few pounds, pale skin like my Welsh grandma, gray-blue eyes, wavy dark hair past my knees...yes, insanely long and I love it, don't tell me to cut it!
    Personality: Split: intensely shy in real life, flamboyant online. Stubborn for things I feel strongly about, be it socio-economic issues or what I want for dinner; otherwise, I'm laid back. A total tomboy. I love sailing and beer, never wear makeup, abhor shopping, and shiver when my girl friends want to watch a chick flick. I'd rather watch the latest "blow it all to hell" film or comic-book-turned-movie. However, I love braiding my super-long hair in cute styles and wearing Renaissance dresses, so I guess I'm girly enough to deserve my boobs.

    Hobbies: Writing, playing trombone, sailing, hiking, photography, coin collecting, Renaissance Faire and pirate festivals.
    Likes: Music, manga, rain, cats, mythology, Italian food, stout beer, and all-you-can-eat shrimp night.
    Dislikes: Spiders, balloons, and swimming with fish. I have phobias to them. Also centipedes, cigarettes, and cheap beer.
    Strengths: I'm a sponge; I learn things fast. I also absorb writing styles. If I'm reading Robert Jordan, I begin to write like Robert Jordan. If I'm reading a god-awful writer, I start to write crap. Because of this, I try not to read too much unless I intend to mimic a writer, like reading Stephen King books while working on a horror story.
    Weaknesses: Electricity! I kill wristwatches in a week, my cellphone drains itself in a day, I tend to zap out laptops, I frequently get electrocuted badly enough to make my arm go numb, and lightning tries to strike me. It hasn't yet, although my dad got struck.

    Favorite Band/Artist: Evanescence, Within Temptation, Adele, Tarja Turunen, Breaking Benjamin, Skillet, Sigur Rós, Pink Floyd, Enya, Loreena McKennett, Danny Elfman...
    Favorite Types of Music: My iTunes has almost every genre. I prefer New Age, Celtic, symphonic metal, post-rock/grunge, and Romantic Era music, but I often listen to jazz, classical, ambient, soundtracks (I adore Danny Elfman), hard rock, prog rock, grunge, New Wave, industrial, goth, country, classic rock-n-roll, Latin rock, Euro-metal, and J-pop. Really eclectic selection!
    Favorite Writer: J.K. Rowling is my idol as a woman writer. I'm also a huge fan of JRR Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Heinlein, Tom Robbins, and Frank Herbert.
    Favorite Stories: Classics: Hamlet, Persuasion, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Misérables, Little Women. Modern: Shibumi, A Personal Matter, Jitterbug Perfume, Sarum, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Sci-fi: Dune, Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, Journey to the Center of the Earth, anything by Heinlein. Fantasy: The Mists of Avalon, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Windrose Chronicles, the Wheel of Time series. Children's Books: Bridge to Terebithia, Kate's Book, A Wrinkle in Time, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Harry Potter series. Graphic Novel: A History of Violence. Manga: Fairy Tail, Berserk, Vampire Knight, Vinland Saga, Shin Angyo Onshi...okay, that's the top five. So many! Webcomics: Drowtales, Questionable Content, The Way to Your Heart, Sluggy Freelance, Girl Genius: top 5 in that order.

    My Dream: To one day make a living as a writer. Yeah, I know, "To dream the impossible dream," but hey, I'm ambitious and stubborn.
    My Treasure: My 1951 Olds "Super" tenor trombone. It's "my baby."
    My Inspiration: My muse "Kerry" is fed on mochas and the essence of trees. Anything too wild is her fault!
    My Philosophy: Write what you know. It's cliché, but it's true. There are brilliant stories waiting inside of you. If you don't personally know about something you wish to write about, seek it out. A writer cannot sit in an attic and turn out a masterpiece. Don't be afraid to step into the noisy cantina filled with bizarre creatures. Seek the underbelly of society so you can have your readers experience it. Walk into a forest and listen to the voices of the trees if you want your reader to believe in fairies. A writer creates a world based on their own world. Be loved if your characters must experience love. Accept rejection if your character faces heartache. Suffer pain if you wish to write about the agony of the heart and flesh. Know pleasure if you want to describe a night of passion. Fast for three days if a character must experience starvation. Writers are saints. Writers are whores. Writers are demons. Writers are gods. Writers must be everything.

    BRAGGING RIGHTS (A.K.A., my creds as a writer)

    When I was 7, I wrote scripts to plays I'd put on for my family, using Barbie dolls and action figures for the characters as I read lines of dialogue in various voices for each character. Luckily I matured away from She-Ra Versus the Evil Overlord T'Dee Baire. (Yes, my teddy bear was evil, and the Ewoks were his minions!) At the age of 9, I wrote a screenplay for what I hoped would be a dragon cartoon; it later became the basis for a novel I'm still writing. I published my first poem at age 11 and was featured in the anthology Best Poets of the '90s when I was only 13. I entered writing contests throughout middle school and high school, winning cash prizes. For one short story contest in college, I won a trip to the U.S. Capitol. In 2004, I officially became an "internationally published writer" when some of my poetry was printed by a British publishing house.

    In college, I majored in English and Music with a focus on creative writing and music theory. I taught home-schoolers English, Spanish, history, science, music, and photography. I volunteered as a teacher's assistant for an English-As-A-Second-Language class for learning-impaired Hispanics. At 19, I became the editor of an online newsletter. Over the years, I've done written content for many websites, including a politician, a music band, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Today I work as a grant proposal writer and freelance fiction writer while playing trombone in a local symphonic band. I'm working toward getting my first novel published.

    When I get stuck on a story, I turn to fan fiction to get those creative juices flowing. I currently have a massive case of writer's block on my novel, so I've been writing a lot more fanfics lately. Lucky you!

    Manga and Mahnwa I Follow/Have Read:
    * 1/2 Prince - * Absolute Boyfriend - * Aiki - * Ai to Yokubou wa Gakuen de - * Ake Nure Goyou ni Furu Yuki wa - * Angel Sanctuary - * Ao No Exorcist - * Azumanga Daioh - * Bakuman - * Become Habituated To Kiss - * Beelzebub - * Berserk - * Black Bird - * Bleach - * Boku No Hatsukoi Wo Kimi Ni Sasagu - * Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai - * Boys Next Door - * Claymore - * Cocona - * Corsair - * Crimson Cross - * Crimson Spell - * Deadman Wonderland - * Death Note - * Dengeki Daisy - * Desire Climax - * Dog Style - * Dokuhime - * Elfen Lied - * Fairy Tail - * Faster Than A Kiss - * First Girl - * Fruits Basket - * Full Metal Alchemist - * Good Ending - * Hakushaku to YÅsei - * Haru wo Daite Ita - * Hellsing - * Hetalia: Axis Powers - * Hikaru No Go - * History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi - * Heart No Kuni No Alice - * Ikoku Irokoi Romantan - * Innocent Bird - * Inuyasha - * Junjou Mistake - * Junjou Romantica - * Kaichou Wa Maid-sama - * Kaikan Phrase - * Kawaii Akuma - * Kemono ni Koishita - * KissxSis - * Kohitsuji Project - * Koi Wo Suru DNA - * Kuroshitsuji - * Life Is Money - * Look Me in the Eyes When You Talk - * Mashima-en - * Melody Drifting in the Rain - * Memories of Emanon - * Men's Love - * Midnight Secretary - * Momoiro Junjou Danshi - * Monster Hunter Orage - * Nana To Kaoru - * Nana To Kaoru Arashi - * Naruto - * Noblesse - * Okane Ga Nai - * One Piece - * One Punch Man - * Otona no Yoru no Otogibanashi - * Otonari no Nikushokujuu - * Ouran High School Host Club - * Parasyte - * Perfect Girl Evolution - * Piano No Mori - * Ranma 1/2 - * Rave Master - * Rosario + Vampire - * Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai - * Sailor Moon - * Saint Seiya - * Sawareru Taion - * Say I Love You - * Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - * Sensei wa Ore no Mono - * Seven Days - * Sex Therapist - * Shin Angyo Onshi - * Shingeki no Kyojin - * Skip Beat - * Soul Eater - * Stardust Wink - * Sun-Ken Rock - * Sweet Poison On Our Lips - * The Bride of the Water God - * The Rose of Versailles - * The Royal Fiance - * The Tyrant Who Falls In Love - * Toshishita Kareshi no Renai Kanriguse - * Tsurukusa No Niwa - * Vampire Knight - * Vinland Saga - * Watashi ni xx Shinasai! - * Wolf Guy: ÅŒkami no MonshÅ - * Yankee-kun to Megane-chan - * You're My Love Prize In Viewfinder - * Zero

    Webcomics I follow:
    * Anathema - * Bird Boy - * Cheap Thrills - * Children of the Night - * Ctrl-Alt-Del - * Dead Winter - * Discord Comics - * DreamScar - * Dreamland Chronicles - * Dreamkeepers - * Drowtales - * Earthsong - * Emerald Winter - * Erstwhile - * Exiern - * Fey Winds - * Fifty Shades of A - * Flipside - * Girl Genius - * Guests in Purgatory - * Gunnerkrigg Court - * Healer on Feathered Wings - * Incubus Tales - * Jack - * Jesus and Mo - * Khaos Komix - * Lavender Legend - * Legend of Bill - * Looking For Group - * Love is in the Blood - * MegaTokyo - * MYth - * Nikki Sprite - * No Need For Bushido - * Oglaf - * Olympic Dames - * Otherworld - * Penny Arcade - * Peter and the Wolf - * Purpurea Noxa - * Questionable Content - * Red Moon Rising - * Red String - * Renaissance - * Rival Angels - * Roza - * Sfeer Theory - *Shades of A - * Sluggy Freelance - * Snow By Night - * Spare Keys For Strange Doors - * The Dreamer - * The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal - * The Meek - * The Tale of Aeria - * The War of Winds - * The Way To Your Heart - * Tomb of the King 1&2 - * Trying Human - * Turbo Defiant - * Twilight Lady - * TwoKinds - * Universe of Jewels - * Wayfarer's Moon - * What It Takes - * Wilde Side - * xkcd - * XTIN: The Dragon's Dreamworld - * Zap!


    1) My hair is ankle-length.
    2) I have dyslexia (ABC looks like BCA), dyscalculia (123 looks like 312), and sound-color synesthesia (I "hear colors and see sounds"). My world is an interesting, mixed up place.
    3) I have OCD and an obsession with round numbers. All of my stories' word-counts (even individual chapters) land on either 5's or 10's. I'm giddy when they land on 100's.
    4) I'm allergic to dogs but not cats.
    5) I love learning new instruments. I play trombone, French horn, trumpet, euphonium, tuba, tenor bugle, mellophone, flute, piccolo, clarinet, tenor saxophone, piano, acoustic and electric guitar, recorder, accordion, marimba, timpani, and various percussion instruments. I love trombone best.
    6) I have never cried in a movie, but I do cry listening to music.
    7) I speak English, Middle English, and Spanish. I studied Italian, but I'm not fluent. I can sort of read Latin and French. My best friend in 2nd grade taught me Swedish, but I've since forgotten most of it. My uncle taught me German, I can understand it if I hear it, but I can't speak it. I'm slowly learning Japanese, Gaelic, and American Sign Language on my own. I've invented 4 languages for fantasy novels.
    8) I'm naturally left-handed but learned to write right-handed thanks to a superstitious kindergarten teacher.
    9) I'm terrified of balloons.
    10) I used to work in Hollywood. I once had a TV role acting in my underwear. The whole nation got to see me playing Sousa on the trombone in a blue bra. I will never do that again!


    "Being a novelist is like exposing your bare butt in public." - Droy, Fairy Tail

    "I reject your reality and substitute my own." - Adam Savage

    "When life gives you lemons, make yaoi." - Tawnia

    "The reason we think flowers on the precipice are beautiful, is because we are standing on the precipice as well. Do not fear, because we are like the flowers, we do not fall off." - Tite Kubo, Bleach

    "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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