Author has written 15 stories for Romance, General, Essay, Historical, General, Young Adult, and Life.
Thank you for paying attention to my corner of the internet! Around here we focus on flash fiction - that bizarre, all-over-the-place short fiction genre that never gets enough credit. Remember, the best things come in tiny packages. Although... I write novels, too. They just, you know, take longer. I hope you enjoy your stay - and be sure tell your friends!
ANNOUNCEMENT: I am beta-reading again, and not only am I open to "clients," I very much want them! Please message me!
Favorite books: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Ender's Shadow all by Orson Scott Card;
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain;
A Separate Peace by John Knowles;
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee;
The Magic Furnace by Marcus Chown;
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis;
...and most importantly, The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck.
The name Petra Arkanian comes from the Ender books.
Favorite movie: Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox. Speaking of, we're running out of time for someone to invent that hoverboard.
I study Political Science, so there's that.
Did You Know?
1) There was a guy who proved that positive zero is not the same thing as negative zero. He then proceeded to go insane. When he got out of the asylum, he proved the same thing a different way and went insane again. No kidding. (And for the record, this falls into the category of things math teachers shouldn't tell their students right before a test.)
2) During the Great Depression, FDR hired men to chase tumbleweeds on windy days. There's the New Deal for ya.
3) In WW2, the Japanese only attacked our west coast (aside from Pearl Harbor) once: the bombing of a small oil field five miles from my house. It's now a butterfly reserve - which I find quite amusing.
More on my Theory of Beta-Reading
My philosophy about writing is that the more a writer talks about his story, the better. Conversing about your writing is what makes you see its strengths, and its weaknesses. It's what makes you write rationally. It's what builds your understanding of yourself and your craft. It's what shows you what works and what doesn't. And most importantly, it's what makes you excited to sit down and write. So it's my goal to make you talk. I'm going to ask you a lot of questions, and I'm going to expect thoughtful responses. I'm a wordy person, and I like to converse with other wordy people. If you love to talk, and you love your story, and you're looking for someone who engages, I'm your beta. And I should mention this just in case: I reserve the right to respectfully duck out of your beta-reader role if I feel that you're not actively engaging anymore. It happens, and it's totally fine, but I may not be the beta for you.
(And for the record, I am a pretentious grammar nazi, but I don't feel it's my duty to check and correct everything for you, so I won't. If it's too bad, honestly, I'll probably just make up an excuse about how I can't read the story anymore.)