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I am in my late 20s, and I love to write.  I’ve been writing for about five years now, but I had to take a few breaks due to health related issues.  So I’ve only been writing for three of those five years.  I have a B.S. in Chemistry and a doctorate in a health related field.  Needless to say, most everything I learned about creative writing I learned on my own.  My favorite style of writing is poetic prose, but I’m not really fond of poems.  Don’t ask me how that works 😄  My major writing influences are Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, and William Faulkner.  I write because it makes me happy.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get published or reach a wide audience, but that’s okay with me.

I actually started this blog to raise awareness about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and hip problems in young people, but it turned into something more.  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes a defect in collagen.  So I’m hyperflexible, which sounds like a good thing, but it’s not.  The collagen that holds my joints and body together is much weaker than normal so I injure very easily and my joints degenerate much faster than normal.  I’ve had three hip preservation surgeries (two scopes and one open surgical dislocation).  My right hip was an orthopedic nightmare.  I could have made a separate health and writing blog, but the two are so intertwined it would be difficult to separate them.  I only started writing after my health tanked, and I often incorporate mental or physical illness into my writing.  I have also had several bouts of anorexia, but I’m in remission now.  Hopefully it stays that way for a long time.

I’m married to a Japanese citizen, and we live in America.  I don’t know Japanese, but I would love to learn it someday.  I love cats, and I have two fur babies of my own.  I want kids in the future, but we’ll have to see how life and my health issues work out.  I’m also a self-proclaimed otaku, though I have more experience with video games than I do with anime.  I have been playing video games since I was about 5 years old.  Role playing games are my favorite.

If you want to know anything else, feel free to ask.

31 thoughts on “About

  1. Heya,
    I was wondering if I could include some of this in the book I’m working on about writing. There’s a section on blogging and the various reasons people start blogs.

    This is what I’d love to include:

    I started my blog to raise awareness about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and hip problems in young people, but it turned into something more. Ehlers-DanlosSyndrome is a genetic disorder that causes a defect in collagen. So I’m hyperflexible, which sounds like a good thing, but it’s not. The collagen that holds my joints and body together is much weaker than normal so I injure very easily and my joints degenerate much faster than normal. I could have made a separate health and writing blog, but the two are so intertwined. I only started writing after my health tanked, and I often incorporate mental or physical illness into my writing.

    If that’s okay, can I grab your name and age to give you credit? You can use The Paper Butterfly if you’d like or a pen name as some people have. And I could credit you as this: The Paper Butterfly, 20s, America.

    All good if you want to decline, just thought I’d check.
    JD

  2. Sure you can use it. I’d love to educate the world a bit more about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome 🙂 Let me come up with another penname though. I have included pictures of myself on this blog, and I’m afraid that no employers will want me if they know I have EDS. I’ve been out for three years due to multiple hip preservation surgeries :$ Here’s a better post about my health issues and writing if you’d like a bit more detail: https://thepaperbutterfly.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/how-i-got-my-start-in-writing/

    Please don’t include any pictures of me with it though :/ Erm, shoot me an e-mail at: thepaperbutterfly@yahoo.com I’ll give you another penname to use. I have several by this point 😄 I have another one for my fanfiction.

  3. If you would like a picture of my computer with one of my stories on it I could give that to you. Sometimes I write with my phone because I’m in too much pain to sit up and type, so I use the voice recognition to type. I have a very pink computer 😄

    • That was so sweet of you to think of me :$ Well, the only novel I have written at this moment in time is my fanfiction one, and as of yesterday I decided I wasn’t going to finish it due to all the fandom drama. Zack and Cloud are from the video game Final Fantasy VII. It’s 200,000 words, and I have spent the past 5 years working on it. To be honest, the whole story needs a huge overhaul, but since I can’t ever publish it I don’t see the point. I don’t know if the character blog hop would work with fanfiction characters 😄 The characters and universe are from Final Fantasy VII, but I fleshed them out beyond their video game personas. I’ve started to formulate some ideas for my own original fantasy novel, but as of yet, the characters and plot aren’t well defined. I don’t mind doing the character blog hop with fanfiction characters, but it seems kind of silly :$ You can nominate someone else if you would like.

      • No, I’d really like to meet your characters, even if they are from a fan fiction! Honestly, you are an amazing writer—even your characters from your short story would do 😀

        – Sabrina

  4. Hi. Just to let you know that I have nominated you for the one lovely blog award, and hope that you will accept. You’re blog is truly deserving of the award. 🙂

  5. I love poetic prose too and don’t usually care for poetry either! How that works is a mystery. 🙂 I actually do enjoy poetry very much if it’s the right poet, I’m just very picky. Have you read Margaret Atwood’s poetry? “Variations on the Word Love” is beautiful.

    • I love Margaret Atwood! I didn’t know she wrote poetry. Thanks for sharing 😀 I’ll look it up. I think the problem with poetry for me is that it is too constricting. Poetry is about saying so much with so few words. There is much more freedom in writing short stories and novels. I’ve written one poem that didn’t suck and it was free verse, no rules 😄 But it’s not generally something I enjoy so I’ll stick to short stories and novels. Out of curiosity, who are your favorite authors? 🙂

      • Oh yes, free verse all the way. No rhyming for me. 🙂 If you like beautiful prose, check out Jonathan Safran Foer. I also recommend Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue. Oh, and Cloud Atlas! By David Mitchell. OH OH! AND DAVID FOSTER WALLACE! He is my spirit animal. ❤

      • That’s funny that you mention Cloud Atlas because I just recently bought that book 😄 I like abstractish things, so I thought I would enjoy it. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. I get distracted by other shiny things :$ So much to read and so little time D: Thanks for the other recommendations! I’ll check them out 😀

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