About the Author
Well, what can I say about me? My name is Bethany. I’m 29 years old but I don’t look or act it most of the time. I spent the first two decades of my life in a small town in Kentucky and now live in a small town in Tennessee, but I’m far from the typical small town girl. While a part of me knows this life well and is scared of trying something new, I know that the small town isn’t really quite right for me.
I’ve been writing my entire life; I think I started telling stories before I could write and turned those stories into homemade books as soon as I learned the alphabet. Literature and music are basically my life, even though I’m only talented at the former.
I graduated college in May 2010 with a degree in English Literature and no plan at all as to what I’m going to use that degree for. I thought about grad school but, for a variety of reasons, that didn’t pan out. For the first year after graduating, I was a starving artist doing community theatre. I took care of my Mom while she went through chemo, then found very sporadic work as a substitute teacher, and now I’m nicely settled into a library job. Did you know you can’t call yourself a librarian unless you have a Masters degree? Lame.
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade but other times I’m happy to be alive right here and now because I can see all the good to come. Plus, if I wasn’t a child of the ’80s, I wouldn’t have been the right age to fall in love with Hanson. So life can’t be too bad, right?
If you want to know more, check out the main domain here or any of the contact links to the right.
About the Writing
Like I said, I’ve been writing my entire life. It’s just part of me. I carry a variety of notebooks with me in order to jot down random phrases and things that come to me; I spent more time in college doing that than actually taking notes. Mostly, though, my writing process sucks, but I just have to do it.
I’m the kind of person who edits as they go, and absolutely hates proofreading. I don’t plan or outline in any normal sense of the words, so I’m terrible for never finishing anything. That holds true in most aspects of my life, sadly. I tend to flit from one obsession to another to another to another…
What else can I say about my writing process? It just sort of happens. A lot of it is based on my life or ideas that get stuck in my head and fascinate me. I think we call those “plot bunnies.” Like the site’s intro says, I just have to get it out of my system. Catharsis. And I like to write entirely self-contained pieces. The words I’ve given you are the story — whatever backstory you want is irrelevant to what I was trying to tell you. There’s a big fancy literary term for that which I should know, but I don’t recall.
So that’s my writing in a nutshell. If anyone wants to know more, I might add to this section later. I love answering questions about my writing, so feel free to send them my way.
About the Site
I started creating websites at the age of 11 or 12 to house my fan fiction. I originally wrote terrible, shamefully bad fanfic about the Backstreet Boys which I posted on several different sites (at least three, if not more). The first of those was shared with a friend who wrote about N Sync; I don’t recall the name of it, but I know it was hosted on Angelfire. After that, I had one (still on Angelfire and later Virtue.nu) called Cloud 9. After that was something like BSB Fanfic World which I think was also on Virtue.nu. I closed that site in late 2000.
In early 2001, I started to post hanfic online on a site called So Jaded, which began on Geocities.com and briefly lived at PlayTay.net. For Christmas 2001 I got my own domain called Real-Dreams.org, where I posted my fic to a site called Tarnished. This site had both my original writings and fanfic for Hanson and The Moffatts. I guess my love of music has always dictated that I write about my favorite bands. I discontinued that domain in June 2002.
I ceased writing fanfic by around 2003, although I continued to write stories with characters vaguely inspired by Hanson. None of those stories were posted online.
This site started out on the domain Odd-notions.net which a friend hosted for me for free beginning in the summer of 2009. Once I decided to create this domain, I moved my fiction here as well and eventually let the hosting lapse on the other domain.
The site is called Extemporaneous because I like the sound and meaning of the word. Writing off the top of my head, when it comes to me. The randomness of it suits my history with websites, too. That’s basically it.