Sharpened pencils and quirky bios

With fall in the air and everyone headed back to school I thought it was time to sharpen my pencil and hammer out a rewrite of my bio.

When you’re a published author you get asked for your bio a lot and everyone wants something different (short bio, long bio, just right bio). I have my official bio that I use on my website, book, other sites where I have profiles posted, for classes I teach and when I present at events. I decided to write a quirkier bio for my blog.  

It goes something like this:

Jan writes, reads and blogs – and not necessarily in that order. Jan can spot a cliché at ten paces but never met a comma she didn’t splice. Her literary aspirations lay somewhere between being a one hit wonder to taking over the world one manuscript at a time. Jan has a profound, and somewhat disturbing, addiction to sour ju jubes. She has a puzzling fondness for going for sushi given that she appears to dislike raw fish. Jan worships the sasquatch as a superhero for writers for his ability to eschew human contact and spend long hours in his writing cave. She loves lentil soup more than lentil soup loves itself.  When not picking cat hair off her sweater, Jan can be found in her sasquatch writing cave with a mug of chai tea writing her next work in progress.  

What do you think? Not quirky enough? What’s your quirky version of your bio (or what will it be when you’re published).

Check out this brilliant art – these are really pencils sculpted into amazing images and shapes - gives a whole new meaning to the word rewrite!




 Oh, yeah, and if you see Elvis - tell him he still owes me five bucks!



Comments

Angie said…
Cool pictures! I really like your quirky bio.
Anne R. Allen said…
Excellent quirkitude. Love the Elvis pencil, too!
Jan Markley said…
Quirkitude! Great word Anne. I'm going to have to use that sometime.
Oh, that's cute! Love the word quirkitude. :D
Dawn said…
I LOVE your bio. I am awesome at writing other people's bios but suck at my own. Maybe I should get you to write mine :-)
Jan Markley said…
Anytime Dawn, but that means you'll have to reveal to me your deepest, darkest secrets!

Thanks Stina, I love the word quirkitude as well, need to work it into everyday sentences.
Susan Calder said…
I like your quirky bio. It possibly reveals the real you more than a strait bio.
Jan Markley said…
Yes, Susan, it reveals the ju jube chomping, chai tea slurping, sasquatch writer side of me!
LTM said…
love the quirky bio, but wow! Who did that Elvis sculpture on the tip of a pencil??? Talk about steady hands... :D
Jan Markley said…
Thanks LTM - it's a chap named Dalton Ghetti. Really amazing stuff.

http://kronikle.kidrobot.com/pencil-tip-micro-sculptures-by-dalton-ghetti/
Solvang Sherrie said…
I've never been good at writing my own bio. I'm always too serious. Yours is fun :)
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Solvang! Glad you liked it.
CJ Gosling said…
I love sour ju jubes. I might just have to get some now. :P Thanks for posting your bio, it has definitely inspired me to go rework mine!
Jan Markley said…
I'm glad I'm not the only one addicted to sour ju jubes! Glad I can be of help inspirational wise. Must inspire myself to take a crack at an old w-i-p!
Talli Roland said…
Love this bio, Jan! Definitely high on the quirk factor. :)

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Jan Markley said…
Thanks Talli - loved yours too!