About This Mysterious Character Behind the “Ever On Word” Blog

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Bio One: Who I Think I Am

“Who does this ‘deshipley’ person think he/she is?!”, you ask?

Well, I think I’m a “she”, I can tell you that much right off the bat. And I’m pretty sure that “deshipley” stands as an abbreviation for “Danielle E. Shipley”, a name by which you are most welcome to address me. I also answer to just plain “Danielle”, “Danielle-o’-the-Dale”, “Author”, and “Hey, you”.

I think I’m a writer, and a pretty darn good one, if I may say so in all reasonable modesty. I’m an author of mainly young-adult fantasy fiction, just getting my foot in the door of the literary world. That “Danielle-o’-the-Dale” stuff might lead one to believe that I think I’m a legitimate minstrel, but I’m afraid both I and the minstrels in my head know better. If I’m being honest with myself, I don’t even really believe that I’m “Hey, you”.

I often think I should have been born British or something, so I could rock the accent, instead of unconsciously faking it badly. I occasionally think that I was born in the wrong time, or maybe just on the wrong plane of reality. It’s moments like those that I really wish I were writing. Or drawing. Or making music. But it always comes back to writing.

I think I’ve said all that I really want to about me, for now. If you want to chat more, drop me a line somewhere on the blog. *I am always watching.* …unless the Technology Fiend’s shot down my internet.

Author Pic, Danielle E. Shipley

Bio Two: Who I Officially Tell You I Am

Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

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Bio Three: Who I Really Am

Writer of characters, scribe of their stories;
Singer of songs she lets her minstrels claim;
Perfectionist learning to know “good enough”
While refusing to give up on what’s in her name:

Dare to fantasize
And make music out of air.
Nothing in reality
Is equal to a dream.
Eh, that’s hyperbolic.
Let’s stick closer to the truth:
Little of factual life
Equals fiction; how ’bout that?

…Also gets artistically carried away when writing bios.
Thanks for reading of me, world.

Where I Sometimes Am

Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/DEShipley.Author/ (feel free to “like”!)

Twitter = @DEShipley (feel free to follow!)

Goodreads = http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7021985.Danielle_E_Shipley (feel free to… do whatever people who do Goodreads things do)

Amazon Author Page = http://www.amazon.com/Danielle-E.-Shipley/e/B00HG4A0N0/ (feel free to give that one a “like” or “follow” or whatever Amazon’s got going on these days, too! ‘Tis supposed to help with algorithms and whatnot)


40 thoughts on “About This Mysterious Character Behind the “Ever On Word” Blog

  1. Hi there, thanks for liking my post! I was struck instantly to see you say “for lovers of language…” Well, that’s me, so expect to see me lurking around your blog!

    • Greetings, language-loving Louise! You are most welcome to lurk to your heart’s content; I’m looking forward to our seeing more of each other. (:

      • Ahhh I was scrolling through my “read blogs” just now and thought, ‘hmm, I’ve not read anything from deshipley in awhile,’ only to realise with horror that for some reason I hadn’t followed you previously! I could have sworn I followed you when first we met (online haha.)

        Never fear! This has been amended! Hope you’re smashingly well.

      • Smashingly well indeed! And all the better for hearing from my precious pal Louise. Thank goodness for horrors amended; welcome officially aboard!

  2. “…and other times I think I’m a kid who’s been mistaken for an adult.”

    Truer words were ne’er spok’n.

    I tried to rock the British accent once at a restaurant, and I actually held out pretty long. But then I felt deceitful and stopped. Poor waitress must’ve been kind of confused.

    It’s nice to meet you, D.! Can I make a suggestion? Put links to this (and other) pages up on the header of your blog. I kinda had to make up a URL and hope it was right to get to this page, lol (Guess I was). Just a suggestion. 😀

      • Legit LOL — if I had a nickel for every time I made that exact sort of Fail, I would offer to buy you ice cream.
        Thanks so much for dropping in to chat; you’ve brightened my chilly, rainy evening. (:

  3. Hi Danielle, it is nice to meet you. I find your way of looking at things to be quite fascinating. I am a digital artist and sometimes poet. (I just use words to compliment my visual thoughts). I am going to follow your writings here, and would like to extend an invitation for you to check out my blog. If you like my work, feel free to subscribe.


  4. So I’m pretty sure there aren’t two Danielle Shipleys who entered the Cogitate Studios writing contest. Am I right? Congratulations!!

  5. Hey you! (You asked for it :P) I want to talk to you about a writery-type projecty thing I’m working on. Would you be so kind as to email thehypertellerATgmailDOTcom so I can give you details? (It’s only really an idea at the moment, ergo I don’t want to discuss it publicly in case it never takes off. Oh, the shame!) Don’t worry, I promise not to sell your email address to pirates/fraudsters/evil evil cyborgs from the future…

    • Did it ever occur to you that my entire master-plan hinged on your selling my e-mail address to evil evil cyborgs from the future? Back to the drawing board, now…

      • Awww, dang. If I wreck your masterplan, does that make me your nemesis? *Sigh* Yet another occasion after commenting on someone’s About page where I find myself withdrawing to my secret underground lab to start designing myself a superhero costume…

      • Maybe one day you’ll start learning from your mistakes, hmm?
        Feel free to share those superhero costume design sketches, by the way. I’d hate for our alter-ego outfits’ colors to clash. (Or, given that we’re clashing, would it be worse if they matched?…)

    • Awesomenosity! …or so my skimming minions would have me believe. Many thanks for the nom, sir! I shall mull over how best to bend this turn of events to my sinister ends.

  6. I love finding another YA fairytale writer.

    There’s this friend of mine (a Transformers fan, which I missed the gene for, but we love each other anyway) who writes and encourages fanfics around the internets.

    She repeatedly insists (with a small amount of wistfulness) that what we do is also fanfic, expanding the established universes, situations and characters we can’t get enough of. The UNfair part, of course, is that our fanfic is legally profitable.

    I am currently waffling between the self- or traditionally- publish choices, and thankful I’ve got a round a beta reading to come before I have to really make that choice.

    Cheers on your writing journey.

    • Legally profitable fanfic… I guess there is some truth to that. It’s certainly how I felt while writing re-imaginings of my beloved Robin Hood. X)

      Happy to meet you, Amy Jane; always glad to hear from a fellow fairytale fan! And best wishes to you and your writing/publishing endeavors. (:

    • It’s been my pleasure!
      (Me, too. ^^ I may turn to Wordle for future blog renovations as well…if I can remember how I did it the first time, lol.)

  7. I read your guest post on Michelle P’s blog. Love your style and what you have going here! Looking forward to following your future posts. Congrats on accepting your publishing contract.

    • Welcome, Gwen, and thank you kindly on all counts! You couldn’t have picked a more exciting time to jump aboard the Ever On Word train. (:

  8. Hi Danielle, you have won my Fearless February contest! I will send you a copy of 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 in the next week or two. I have your address from a few years ago, but if it has changed or to confirm, please email me at . Congrats. And a HUGE congrats on Monday’s release of Inspired. (I’m going to buy the ebook – what a deal!)

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