I am an out-of-place (and slightly confused) Californian living in central Texas. The move was a bit like emigrating to another planet. The climate and the cultures of Texas and California are only vaguely related. It's been an interesting experience.
I grew up in Northern California, and have lived in England and Colorado. I have been a writer, a receptionist, a waitress, a computer programmer, a warranty clerk, a real estate assistant, a costume maker, a technical writer and a dressmaker. Above all, I am an avid reader.
I am also a costume historian and the creator of the Mantua-Maker historical sewing patterns. My costumes have won Best in Show at Costume Con, organized by the International Costuming Guild.