Photo © Carolynne Bailey
I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I
matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district
from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of
school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely
chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had
the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school
plays as a performer, I enjoyed being involved at other levels;
the music and drama community at CCHS was the highlight of my high
school career. I was also on the fencing team for two years, an
experience that actually inspired a couple storylines, and regret
that I did not continue with that sport.
I now live in Massachusetts with several pets...
as well as, of course, my family. I am a student at the University
of Massachusetts, with an English/psychology double-major. I hope
to work either as an English teacher at the secondary level, or
in special education. I have strong opinions about literacy, education,
and how our educational systems are treated- strong enough that
most of my friends know not to get me started on the subject.
My non-writing hobbies are eclectic, and cover
everything from rather domestic pastimes like cross-stitch and cooking
to aquarium keeping, playing piano, gardening, carpentry, Harley-Davidsons,
driving, and arguing- there are few things I enjoy more than a good
debate with someone who knows how to argue, which might have something
to do with a best friend who works in politics. I love to learn,
so if I have down-time and nothing to do, it is not at all unusual
to find me pouring over some book, website or video designed to
teach me some new skill, from belly dancing (something I desperately
want to learn but have not yet been brave enough to sign up for
Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert Heinlein
Laurell K. Hamilton, Christopher Golden and Stephen King
The Stand is my all-time favorite.
Recent favorites include Shrek (trilogy); Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End; and The Dark Knight.
Favorite Horror Movies:
This was a harder list to write than I thought it would be, What do I consider horror? Well, I didnt include War of the Worlds or Alien, though they make a lot of horror lists; I just dont think of aliens as horror. I also didnt include any horror movies, or Shawn of the Dead would have made it. Finally, I didnt include any zombie movies, though I love a good zombie B-movie.
I could have included more Stephen King, but I thought I should stop at three there.
Also, youll notice I didnt include any of the Saw movies, or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Im not a fan of cut-em-up movies. I can handle high levels of gore when given a good storyline and characters I care about, but I wont watch a movie just for the violence.
In chronological order, since I would be hard-pressed to rank them...
- The Shining (1980 version)
- It (1990)
- Silence of the Lambs (1991)
- Bram Stokers Dracula (1992)
- The Stand (1994)
- Hannibal (2001)
- The Others (2001)
- Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
- Hide and Seek (2005)
- White Noise (2005)
Almost anything served on a Thanksgiving table.
Least favorite food:
Alanis Morissette and Dar Williams
The original "American Pie"
as well as the festivity of "Carol of the Bells".
What pets do you have?
Now that Im in my own apartment, Im down to less of a menagerie. I still live with Thief, my cockatiel, and I am owned by a Bengal cat named Chivas.
Favorite Broadway shows:
Rent or JC Superstar
Favorite TV show:
West Wing is probably still my favorite, but its a close call with Dexter.
I drive a Chevrolet these days. My Jeep Wrangler will always hold a special place in my heart, though, and I hope whoever bought her treats her as a Jeep should be treated, with plenty of mud and off-road driving.
I try not to be easily irritated by little things over which I have no control. That being said, I refuse to allow the use of chatspeak on my message board, and cant stand when would-be writers use it.
My most common nickname is still Amy, though Ahar and Nes have become well-used through my message board and other online life. Where I teach, my students have nicknamed me Miss R (from Aar!, my initials, or, an affirmative response from a pirate).