A. Dawn Pica is the creator and editor of Thirty-Third Wheel. She does not normally condense herself into a canned summary, but if she did, it would have a fake pop-up snake and go something like this:
A. Dawn has been writing fiction and poetry since that fateful day she was eight-years-old, left alone with her thoughts of battling witches and bullies, while sitting in a hospital waiting room. She had local art exhibits and performed numerous readings throughout Northeast, Pennsylvania and New York. Her passion lies in refining her gift as a writer and sharing that gift with others. Consequently, A. Dawn has a masters degree in Teaching and is a certified English Language Arts teacher. Also, A. Dawn has a bachelors and masters degree in Psychology. She teaches college courses as an adjunct Psychology instructor and was a therapist for several years. Ultimately, she believes in taking herself seriously, but not too serious as that would be pretentious. A. Dawn currently resides in Scranton, PA and has a penchant for live music, graphic novels, animals, and gluten-free baking.
So, do you dislike boho? What is boho, by the way?
Actually, I love it. When it’s authentic. Boho can’t be bought, but I admit to using it as a search term sometimes when online shopping.
Boho: informal term for bohemian
- a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
- a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer.
Boho is the simplest way to describe the gypsy spirit that is Zelumia, who is not from Bohemia.
Who’s Zelumia? And what kind of name is that?
Zelumia is not my real name (shocker!). It’s a name that I found on an 1860’s tombstone near Tunkhannock, PA during a stop in a country graveyard on my 26th birthday (yes, there was a Goth period involved). My friends and I discussed our what our Victorian alter ego monikers would be earlier that month, and I had no idea. Though I discovered mine after the fact, it has stuck with me ever since. I never did discern the origin of the name, despite some research. So I have decided that it’s from an area somewhere in the Silk Road region, likely ending in “-stan,” populated by a peaceful and glamorous people.
What should I expect from this blog?
The musings of a woman trying to keep both her snark and short attention span under control. Shiny things! In all earnestness, style, self help, adventures, and many things in between. You’ll see, it will make sense. I promise.
Great. Anything else we should know?
Three of my favorite things:
- Word: ephemeral
- Season: summer
- Color: purple
Sometimes I feel like a bird, and sometimes I feel like a cat. I’m a Gemini who’s learned to love her dichotomies.
My love of writing started in the sixth grade after an impassioned Earth Day report that gave me the confidence to write the ghost story “The Girl With Flowers in Her Hair.” That story was not about a hippie, but a girl from the turn of the century. I never finished it.
Zelumia currently writes “Not Another Boho Blog” on our site.
I am a ferocious writer, posing as a social worker, wife, and mom. When not writing stories in my house on the hill in Scranton, I am imagining them, and meeting and hearing other peoples stories as well. I also love walks at the lake, drinking wine, and traveling to as many destinations as possible. Many of those adventures are in my 1998 Volkswagen Beetle, fondly known as the Hug Bug. I am creator and founder of The Hugging Army, a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of physical, human connection. I can often be found hugging strangers on the street.
Vanessa currently writes the “Love Lies Within: A Guide to Personal Growth” column on our site.
Marnie Azzarelli’s short work has appeared in Clever Girl magazine, the Mad Scientist Journal, and will be a part of Volume five of “The Spectral Book of Horrors” and “My American Nightmare” on Halloween 2017. She has co-authored a book entitled “Labor Unrest in Scranton,” that was published in 2016, and co-wrote “The Bristol” an original play that was performed at the Olde Brick Theatre and nominated for a NEPTA award in 2017. She holds a B.A. in English from Marywood University with minors in Writing and Women’s Studies. In 2014, she was awarded the J. Harold Brislin Award for Distinction in Creative Writing. In her spare time, Azzarelli likes to read scary stories right before going to bed, and live-tweeting during shows that stress her out. She currently lives with two cats, two parents, and one dog in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Marnie currently writes the “Horror and the Her” column on our site.
Eric Allen obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in both Psychology and Philosophy from Messiah College, in Grantham Pennsylvania. He went on to receive a Master’s of Psychology at Marywood University, in Scranton Pennsylvania and has obtained certifications in crisis intervention and counseling, certified investigation for incidents involving clients with disabilities, and an eco-systemic trauma informed family model of counseling. Eric has over 17 years of experience running support groups, providing outpatient therapy, in-home behavioral consultation services and therapy, inpatient crisis intervention and assessment, student risk assessments, counselor supervision, training, treatment plan development, and implementation, business and life coaching, as well as providing holistic counseling services for patients within an alternative treatment facility. Eric regularly writes about ways we can all change our lives through small and simple behavioral adjustments that can have a large effect when combined with other life changes. Eric believes that the secret to life is becoming comfortable with the things that make us happy. Eric can be reached at his website of www.holisticlifeconsultants.com.
Eric currently writes the “Enhanced Living: Making Little Changes to Create a Big Difference” column on our site.
Marcie Herman Riebe is a NEPA transplant originally from central Pennsylvania. She has a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh that she uses as an adjunct English instructor at Wilkes University and for her full-time job working as a bilingual case worker for the Commonwealth. She is a writing contributor for Project Wednesday (a human development and positivity blog), a founding member of Voce Angeli (NEPA’s only all-female chamber choir), a newer member of the Diva Theatre family in Scranton, and founder of Ink Writers’ Group. She sometimes even gets to watch movies, read, or play games with her husband, Pete, and snuggle their cats: Napoleon, Gimli, King Ajax, Sam and Dean.
Marcie currently writes the columns, “The Writer’s Edge: Writers Making Their Own Page” and “All About Drama.”
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