Writing background: Former communications professional turned stay-at-home mom who, in another life, wrote for state legislators, an international conservation group, and a local newspaper.
What’s Rogue Ant? Rogue Ant is a different kind of writing than I did professionally. It’s my personal blog and creative writing home. I write about loss and grief, growing up with a Vietnam Vet, nature, issues and people making news, and whatever else strikes my fancy.
Increasingly, I share “found” or “blackout” poems, and occasionally other poems I’ve written, but most of them I’m seeking to get published elsewhere first. I will post links to published works when/if I have them. I’m just beginning to dip a toe into the rough seas of submissions and rejections.
When I find the time, I write about travel on another WordPress blog, Rogue Ants Travel.
Where’d the name come from? I got the name from watching leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica. I was fascinated by a long and tidy line of them walking up a trail we were hiking. Each ant had a piece of leaf in its mouth, and seemed driven by the job it had to do — following the ant in front of them. I could have watched them all day.
After a while, it was the line breakers who really drew my attention — the lone ants who left the ant train and ventured off on their own. I wondered why. Were they lost? Did they need a rest? Were they tired of following the crowd?
Were they weary of the daily grind and wanted a new adventure? Did they feel stuck in the the wrong job and wanted a new one? Were they sick of others telling them what to do?
Did they just not fit the mold of a typical ant?
I named them “Rogue Ants” and I can relate to many of the reasons I imagined for them. I’m sure you can, too.
Writing opportunities: In addition to blogging, I freelance occasionally and I’m always open to new work.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have a professional certificate in Social Media Technologies and Implementation from the University of Washington and one in technical writing from Bellevue College.
An aspiring poet, I’m also a frequent student at Hugo House, a writing center in Seattle and go to open mic nights at the Redmond Association of Spokenword as often as possible. I’m also a member of a wonderfully talented women’s poetry group that meets once a month in Seattle — they’ve been meeting for nearly 40 years! I’m the newbie and the baby, and I’m blessed they’ll have me.
And the best for last: I live near Seattle with my handsome techie husband; beautiful, intellectually curious, and adventurous daughters; and the world’s greatest rescue dog. I love walking in the woods, especially with a poem in one hand and my dog’s leash in the other. My family loves to ski, travel and wander together.