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(Day 1) Finding Your Identity

Photo Credit: Bethany Fick, Ordained Designs.

Photo Credit: Bethany Fick, Ordained Designs.

Hey everybody,

I’m participating in Robert Lee Brewer’s April Platform Challenge (fellow writers, check it out here) and loved the idea fellow participant Elizabeth A. Saunders had of posting each day on her blog. Elizabeth, I hope you don’t mind the company — I love that we can all do this together!

So, with that said, I’m sharing with you my results on this blog. Some of it will be news to you, some might be stuff you’ve heard before. I’m sure there will be growing pains in the process but stick along for the ride and cheer me on towards the May 1st deadline, won’t you?

Day 1 Task: Define Who I Am

Name (as used in byline): Lauren Miller

Position(s): Clerk – St. Louis Public Library (SLPL); SLPL Foundation Young Literati Committee Member; Blogger; Poet;  Volunteer for St. Louis Family Church, International Crisis Aid, and Central West End Neighborhood Association.

Skill(s): Creative writing (fiction, non-fiction reviews and articles, poetry, screenplays), Editing, Blogging,  HTML and Web Design, Social Media, Windows Operating System and Macintosh; Strategic Planning and Analysis; Project Management; Customer Relations; Problem Solving; Customer Satisfaction; Clerical Skills; Organizing; Goal-Orientated; Self-Starter; World-Building; Gaming; Imaginative and a lifelong learner.

Social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, GoodReads, LibraryThing, WordPress.

URLs: http://www.laurenmillerbooks.com/

Accomplishments: I have 13+ years of government/library experience in technology and customer service.  Publication credits include The Spirit of Homeschooling (staff writer 1997-1998), Riverfront Times (25 Apr 2001), online blog writer, writer/contributor to Avalon-rpg.com (longest running text-based RPG online). Most recently, two of my poems have been accepted for publication in The Poet’s Art (June 2011). I have 2+ years (volunteer) retail experience; ongoing 2+ years of community service in the St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s Young Literati Executive Committee. In 2008, I co-designed and implemented a scavenger hunt highlighting one of St. Louis’s architectural gems, Central Library, for a party of 130+ attendees which raised over $1500.  I also volunteer as a course monitor in local 5k’s for non-for-profits. In 2010, I was a course monitor at Washington University in St. Louis for International Crisis Aid. In 2011, I was a course monitor in the CWE for their neighborhood association.

Interests: God, family, volunteering, writing, reading novels, new technology, gaming, web design, travel, photography, music, ice skating, strategic planning, animal lover, Downton Abbey and Jane Austen fan, also Broadway musicals.

In one sentence, who am I?

Lauren Miller is a Christian, a writer and reviewer of fantasy, sci-fi, romances and historical fiction and lives with her husband and marmalade cat in a farmhouse outside St. Louis, MO.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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