For the “Quick Glancer” :
I’m a 31 year old, trilingual Third Culture Kid (TCK, ish) with a travel bug turned globe-trotter and in the confusing process of writing to eventually publish. I haven’t decided on a ‘full-time’ job to do on the side of my writing (hah!), but after four years of teaching the world English, one country at a time, it’s time to infiltrate the rest of education and attempt to ameliorate it.
For the “Tell Me More Glancer” :
The name’s Melinda (pen name was Alison Juste), but you can call me Mel, or come up with your own nickname, I’m growing a collection. I grew up in France and became completely bilingual when I moved to California 12 or so years later. (Yes, adjusting to American high school was quite the culture shock, and let’s not mention reading Shakespeare.) After graduating college, I wanted to return to Japan, so I applied and got accepted to the JET Program and taught English in rural Japan for two years. Then I taught English at a French university, had a bit of a roller coaster of (reverse) culture shock, completed my Master’s in Australia (because why not), and now in the midst of figuring out how I fit in the realm of education.
As a kid, I always had a pretty active imagination and running from bad guys in an empty garden with my best friend was as fun as using Playmobil or, I admit it, Barbies and Polly Pockets. When I moved to California, it was pretty lonely and I discovered anime and anime-inducing friends. That’s how I discovered fanfiction, and that’s pretty much what renewed my interest in writing, but in a new language. The overabundance of crazy, really awesome ideas (not to mention dreams) never really stopped, but I’m just now attempting to harness them for the greater good (or just mine).
As a TCK, the prospect of moving around doesn’t bother me too much (except when I’m a tad lonely), and I think I’d really like to return to Asia, possibly South East Asia, in the future. Life’s a wonderful, surprising journey which opens last minute doors I didn’t even know existed. I don’t know where I’ll be next and I can’t even begin of thinking of a country to ‘settle down’ in because first, I’d like to know what I’ll do with my life besides writing.
In the meantime, enjoy day trips inside my head, but please, keep an open mind. Who knows what you might find in there!