Hello everyone! I’m Gianna, but you can call me Gi, or PG ( which is tentatively a part of my pen name) and my pronouns are she/they. I’m a first-semester graduate student working towards one day being a published author. And if that doesn’t work out…uh…well, let’s hope it works out, because I don’t exactly have a Plan B.
Near the end of August, I finished writing the first draft of what will, fingers crossed, be my first novel. It’s a YA novel that’s partially romance, partially a coming-of-age, and discusses religion, mental health, LGBTQ+ topics, and family issues. It’s called Retrograde and I’m currently taking a break from it before I have to go back in and enter editing hell.
I’m pursuing this MA in Writing Studies not only to improve my writing but to continue to grow as a person. For me, I feel like it is through learning and direct experience that I’m able to do the most growing, and I know that pursuing a master’s degree offers the potential to do both. I am eager to learn from professors and classmates as I enter yet another new phase of my writing journey as well as my life.
Aside from writing, I also like reading, though I can’t do so nearly as fast as I was able to when I was a kid. Seriously, when I was in grade school I was powering through several books a week, and now it feels like it takes me weeks to get even halfway through anything (unless I’m on a time crunch reading something for a class.) Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to dedicate to a lot of reading anymore, and it’s become more of a luxury that I take part in when I want to relax., though I’ve been trying to read more again. Some of my favorite books to read are actually graphic novels. I love the use of art and words together to tell stories.
I’m a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons, which you can probably tell from the title of this blog. My friends and I play it every Sunday, pretty much all day. I love to create and inhabit characters in the game and create a collaborative world and story with friends.
I love animals and nature, and though I’m not currently the most “outdoorsy” person in the world, I’m starting to take up hiking more and I love going for walks, especially if I can find a nice park to wander around. I have two dogs, Cody and Sadie, and a leopard gecko named Dog (dee-oh-gee.) I was born on February 29th, which makes me a leap baby and, if you go by the actual date, I’ve therefore only had 5 “real” birthdays.
I look forward to the semester and to getting to know everyone! Have a good day 🙂