Born in New Eng­land, I crossed the coun­try many times every few years when my fam­ily moved.  Incon­sis­tency ruled my life, new places, new friends, but even now, the one con­stant is my love of the writ­ten word.  I am a reader, writer, lover of words.  It’s not often you’ll find me with­out some­thing to read.

Books and read­ing influ­enced my child­hood, and con­tinue to shape me as an adult.  While my choice of gen­res con­tinue to expand and con­tract, I find I am drawn to the vari­ety of mate­r­ial at my dis­posal.  An intrigu­ing mys­tery, dystopian sci-fi, riv­et­ing non-fiction, funny mem­oirs, and epic tales so long I can hardly fathom fin­ish­ing; these and more find their way into my hands, and I can­not put them down.

While hes­i­tant to share my thoughts with the world, in 2009 I cre­ated at a friend’s sug­ges­tion.  The first year, a chal­lenge; the sec­ond, growth; and as I con­tinue, my writ­ing improves, my expo­sure to dif­fer­ent books/genres con­tin­ues, and my thoughts find their way to oth­ers all over the world influ­enc­ing their choices.  In the begin­ning, this was merely a place to share my thoughts, but it con­tin­ues to evolve.

Stains on the Page is the evo­lu­tion­ary result of the first three years.

As I dis­cov­ered Word­Press and the design aspects behind blog­ging, I decided to pur­sue a degree in Tech­ni­cal Writ­ing with a focus on dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing.  Some of what you see at SotP is a direct result of those courses com­bin­ing my love of books and my grow­ing pas­sion for design.  As my skills in school improve, so will SotP as it con­tin­ues to evolve.

In addi­tion to read­ing and review­ing books, I also attend many events.  Each year I travel to NYC for the Book­Expo Amer­ica and the Book Blog­ger Con­fer­ence.  In 2012, the Book Blog­ger UnCon will be added to the list.  Local events in Austin include Armadil­lo­Con and the Texas Teen Book Fes­ti­val.  There are so many more that I expect to add to the list in com­ing months.  In addi­tion to book related events, I also attend Blog­World East, held con­cur­rently with the Book­Expo, as well as my local Word­Camp to expand my knowl­edge of blog­ging trends and ideas.

Through the site and these events, I develop rela­tion­ships with other blog­gers, pub­lish­ers, and of course my read­ers. I have a com­mu­nity that I would not trade for the world.

I hope that you find some­thing of inter­est here and wel­come any com­ments you might have.  Please check out my Full Dis­clo­sure page if you are inter­ested in hav­ing me post a review.

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