I live and breathe words. I've been writing as long as I can remember.
My earliest memory of writing something and receiving acknowledgement was in third grade. My class made little books with hand-drawn illustrations. A British woman came to visit one day and praised everyone's books, but for some reason she singled mine out. Believe me, my story book wasn't earth-shattering. The title was Woody Woodpecker and His Friend Blue Jay, so it wasn't exactly Pulitzer-winning material! Yet somehow, this stranger's kind comment sparked something in me that remains to this day.
I am a writer. I am someone who can influence others with my words. That influence can be in the form of a review, in which I let my readers know why something should or shouldn't be worth your time. It can be an interview, in which I give my readers a deeper insight into a certain person. It can take the form of a guide, in which I inform readers of a certain topic that may interest them. I'm here to influence, guide, and inform.
I've written for various websites on a myriad of topics. However, for a long time my field was in the video game industry, with most of my work featuring on Blogcritics, GamerTell, and GameShark. Unfortunately, both GameShark and GamerTell have gone extinct, while Blogcritics recently cleaned house and deleted its older articles. Hence, my portfolio only shows backups of a tiny percentage of my past work.
I've done reviews, conducted interviews, covered major industry events, jotted quick news blurbs, and penned in-depth opinion articles. Topics have included music, movies, video games, books, and life in Japan.
My work can also be found under the names Toni Dimayuga (my maiden name) and the pseudonym "Kaonashi", a character from the Hayao Miyazaki film Spirited Away.
I took a break from the work force for about six years to start a family (hence the large gap in my resume), but I've started writing again recently. I'm currently freelancing for various clients but am also looking for full-time work.
My niche has since changed, mainly because I'm a little older now and have a family. While I still enjoy playing video games from time to time, in terms of writing I'm now more comfortable with topics related to parenting, child-rearing, and similar fields.
Check out my resume (click on the little "CV" button below my photo) if you're interested to know more about my work experience.