Saturday, August 28, 2010

Talking About Myself

There are some of you who know me from real life, some of you who know me from Twitter, some of you who know me from blogging, and some of you who don't know me at all. So I thought I would do a little Hello, Nice To Meet You post.

My name is Jessica Love. This is a fancy picture of me:

This is a less fancy picture of me:

I live in Orange County, CA, and I love it here. I was born and raised in Southern California, and I don't intend to ever leave. I'm spoiled by the weather and all of the fun things to do here, and the traffic and high cost of living are just totally normal.

I teach high school English, and I love my job. I'm starting my fifth year in the classroom with freshmen and sophomores, and I love having a job where I laugh and get to talk about books every day.

Here's a picture of me in my classroom, obviously working very hard:

I'm currently working on my first novel, a contemporary YA. I'm gradually discovering that writing a novel is hard. I know there are thousands of people who could have told me that, but really it's all about figuring these things out on your own, right? I'm involved in a really awesome online writing group with cool people like Heather Trese, Shana Silver, Ally Greeson, Anna Parker Brittain, Melissa Remshard, Becca, Crystal, Tameka, and some other awesome ladies. They do a great job of keeping me motivated and sane, and talking me off a ledge when I am convinced that my story has no plot. (This happens at least once a week.)

Right now I'm in the middle of revisions, and I'm hoping to be done and ready to query by the end of January. Wish me luck. I'll need it.

I've been married for five years. I don't have any kids. I get strange looks from people when I tell them I've been married for five years and don't have any kids. I tell those people to STFU. I don't really like to put pictures of Husband out there on the internet. (I used to do that on my old blog, and he started to get recognized by random weirdos who would go up to him at Claim Jumper during happy hour when I wasn't even there and say Hello. Husband didn't really like that much. I don't blame him.)

In lieu of a picture of me and Husband, here is a picture of me with a happy llama:

For fun, I obviously like to read and write. I am in love with YA lit, and it's gotten to the point where that is pretty much all I read. I could say it's because that's what I'm writing, or because I want to know what my students are reading, and sometimes I do say that. The truth is, though, I just like it.

I had a horribly dorky adolescence. I was 6 feet tall and wore Eeyore shirts from the Disney store all through high school. I had a great time, but I feel like there were a lot of things I missed out on, and I think that's why I'm so drawn to everything YA.

Here's a picture of me from 8th grade:
(Ooops, I have outed my natural hair color.)

I am also in love with music. I listen to what some people call "singer/songwriters" and also what people call "indie rock." I'm rarely without my iPod, and I love going to see my favorite singers and bands live. I'm all about the repeat button, and I've been known to listen to my very favorites dozens of times in a row. I guess that's the teenager in me...obsessing over music.

I'm not a very musical person, but I love karaoke. I have a pretty terrible voice, but I love being on stage and singing, so I make everyone deal with it. My signature song is "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson.

Here is a picture of me singing karaoke:

Other things I love: the internet, sleeping, the beach, new clothes, taking pictures of myself

Things I'm not really into that normal people like: TV, movies, football, driving, working out (it seems like other people like to do this)

I think that's all of the basic stuff you need to know about me. Any other questions? Leave them in the comments.


  1. Love the adolescent photo! I think I had a few Eeyore shirts myself! :)

  2. I also had one or 2 Eeyore shirts..and a Pooh one. I might have to put it on the blog..

  3. I used to wear Winnie-the-Pooh overalls. When I was 13. Seriously.

    This is why I was a dork.

    Also, I love this post.

  4. Nice to meet you more personally than on WriteOnCon site. If you put as much humor in your story--which I already love from your query--as you did in this post, I bet it rocks. Good luck with the revisions! :D

  5. I heart you so much! You are ADORABLE.

    I had Eeyore stuff too -- I even had a bikini with an Eeyore on my left boob.

    Brenda, I've actually seen bits and pieces of her WIP and let me tell you -- her writing is as cute there as it is in this post. Jessica is going places, I'll promise you that :)

  6. Hello, nice to meet you too:) I think a lot of us went through "interesting" stages in high school, but now, as writers, we can use those experiences when we write! Right? ;)

    Also - teachers rock, hopefully the llama won't mind people recognizing him now on the street, and good luck with the revisions. Can't wait to hear more about your work.

  7. I only have one question. Do you know what it's like when you see a really sexy baby?

  8. I always like these "getting to know me" posts.
    The new blog looks great.

  9. love the last photo. even better live! good to see you today. and obviously, i was a nerd from the selection of books i had hoarded.

  10. Aw, I heart you.

    So nice to learn more about you!!

  11. This is such a great post! Sorry I'm just now getting over here, but I love the new blog! And I heart you! And Anna is so right - because, girl, you are going places. You and your llama.