My name is Sandra. I write, mostly essays and short stories. I’m working on some longer works, to be delivered sometime 2021. Sometimes I write about running, especially in the mountains, which is something I do for fun for distances that often exceed 50 miles or more.
Sometimes I write about my family, and what it was like to grow up in the midwest. Since I got remarried and acquired two step daughters, I sometimes write about love, and my experiences as a stepmom, which have been mostly excellent. They are the best girls.
Sometimes I write horror – it’s my favorite thing to write, something many people find surprising, which I used to take personally, but now I just chalk up to a failure of imagination – a failure that I am happy to correct, I might add. That I write horror, and the horror stories themselves, tends to make people uncomfortable. I like that. If you’re really uncomfortable, you’re paying attention. When you pay attention, you almost always see something you didn’t see before, something that was maybe there all along, biding its time. Maybe even waiting for you to notice.
I don’t only write horror like I don’t listen to only sad songs, just mostly. I worked for a long time in corporate America – I bet you have at least 5 products I’ve worked on in your house. I’m a social scientist, the person who analyzes the data to decide if the preference between bottle shape a and bottle shape b is different enough to justify a one million dollar retooling of the bottle line, or which dog food kibble shape has a ‘chicken flavored bias’, squares or sailboats, or how gamers want to have their computers configured. I make an amazing French pastry, which is weird because now I’m vegan, or mostly. I’m a warrior for democracy for a non-profit in Northern California. I consult with a little big data analytics company. The goal is to write, though; if you’d like to support me in that, first, thank you so much, and second, see the link below.
I like to travel – my favorite places so far: Barcelona, Istanbul, Oahu, Tokyo, Oslo during midsummer with the neverending light. I hope to go to India, New Zealand, Kyoto, and Austria someday. I’d like to go with my sister to Viet Nam, a trip we spent about 5 minutes planning one day but I haven’t been able to get off my mind ever since.
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