Hello! My name is Lauren Actkinson-Carlton and I am the creator of the blog. I am in my late twenties and live in north Dallas with my husband and daughter. We have another little bean on the way, due in October, and we recently rescued a puppy from a kill shelter.
I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. At least, I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. In the third grade I wrote a play, a mystery, involving missing permission slips for a class field trip. It caught the attention of my teacher and she showed it around to the other teachers and administration like she was my agent. Sadly, I was not put into a gifted and talented program that day, or ever, but I kept writing.
In middle and high school my two best friends and I kept journals full of stories and poetry that we would swap in-between classes. Within these notebooks we would pour our hearts out, write silly limericks, or doodle. It was an outlet; only within these pages could we truly be ourselves surrounded by the clones created by the high school pressure to fall in line and fit in.
In college, my favorite courses were obviously the ones where I got to express myself. I failed repeatedly at algebra (I’ve taken college algebra three times) and science, while fascinating, isn’t where I shine. Upon reading the words of the most prolific authors in history, I began to understand the power words could have. It was almost scary how powerful your words can be, whether spoken or written down they have impact. While I didn’t finish college (someday I will, it’s on my bucket list), I do love to learn and find new things to learn every single day.
I am currently a full-time copywriter for an internet auction company but I’m always looking for freelance work.
Aside from writing, I love taking naps in the afternoon, drinking hot-hot coffee with just a touch of sugar, road trips (as long as I’m the one driving!), and making homemade pizza. I spend entire summers trying to tan and finally, in September, realize that another year has passed and I’m still pale. When I’m not pregnant I love prosecco and I’m not ashamed to drink it out of a plastic cup.