Hi. My name is Alana. I hope you're enjoying my page. It's just something I put together because I deleted all my other web sites, and suddenly felt uneasy about not existing on the internet anymore. The domain, girlalive.com, is my own personal domain. It is named after my favorite book, "Manalive" by G.K. Chesterton.
In case you care who I am, I'm a 30-something unemployed data entry clerk from Minnesota. I have a degree in history, but that is not useful because no one wants to pay me to do research about dead leaders of the reformation. I went to film school for a little while and learned that I am not good at making documentaries. There are some short films I plan to make, but so far they are just inside my head, so other people cannot enjoy them. (And please do not cut my head open looking for them - it does not work that way!) Bonus fun fact, I suffer from hyposmia related to vasomotor rhinitis.
I currently live in Scotland, but it sometimes feels less like voluntary emigration and more like forced exile. I miss my family and I miss friendly people in general. When I agreed to move here I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to find work or friends and that people would hate me for being foreign or for being fat or for a plethora of other reasons. Everything I feared about Scotland is true, other than the fact that the food isn't too bad. It's a great place to visit, but living here sucks.
I'd love to be a full-time writer, but it's hard to find time to actually sit down and write when I'm looking for work and I have two hamsters, three guinea pigs and a husband to take care of. If you enjoy the stuff I've done here, consider giving me some money so that I can afford to pay for web hosting.
Oh, if you're looking to e-mail me, my address is thegirl (at) girlalive.com. I put the parentheses instead of the little @ thing so that evil spam people do not find my address with their foul web crawling software.