Hello everyone! I’m Gianna, but you can call me Gi, or PG ( which is tentatively a part of my pen name) and my pronouns are she/they. I’m a first-semester graduate student in the Writing program. I’m banking on being a published author at some point in my not-too-distant future. Certain relatives have asked me what my backup plan is if that doesn’t work out, but uh…I don’t really have one. I guess, if all else fails, I can run off and live in the woods or something, right?
Near the end of August, I finished writing the first draft of what will, fingers crossed, be my first novel. It’s a YA novel that’s partially romance, partially a coming-of-age, and discusses religion, mental health, LGBTQ+ topics, and family issues. It’s called Retrograde and I’m currently taking a break from it before I have to go back in and enter editing hell.
I have two dogs, Cody (a miniature dachshund) and Sadie (a mixed breed). I’ve had Cody since he was about 6 months old and I was 10, and he just turned 12 last month! He had to have surgery over the summer after a serious issue with his neck, but he pulled through and is back to his old favorite hobbies: sleeping, eating, licking, and barking. We adopted Sadie in April and she turned 1 in July. She’s big, clumsy, and hyper, but she’s a total sweetheart. Aside from the dogs, I also have a leopard gecko named Dog (pronounced dee-oh-jee), and over the years I’ve had a lot of pets, some common and some more unusual (like a chinchilla, and rats. Yeah, saying I’ve had pet rats tends to freak some people out, but I promise they make great pets!)
I really enjoy video games, especially story-driven ones. Related to that, I like visual novels, as well as webcomics and graphic novels. I am really interested in the way those mediums use art and words together to tell a story. I’m also a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons (to which the title of this post is a reference). My friends and I play it every Sunday, pretty much all day. I also play a few other tabletop roleplay games, but none as frequently or intensely as D&D. My favorite part about them is the collaborative storytelling aspect, building a world and characters with my friends.
A few more things about me: my favorite animals are opossums and goats. I love nature and have recently started hiking, sometimes, very casually. Much like a golden retriever, I find that going for a walk can immediately boost my mood by at least 50%. I garden, although I’m not the best at it. I was born on February 29th, Leap Day. One of my favorite musical artists is Hozier, I have three tattoos, and my favorite food is soup (but I cannot choose just one kind of soup.)
I’m really looking forward to this semester, to this class, and to interacting with you all! Finally, I hope you have a good day!