Who I Am and Why You Should Care

Hello, Everyone!

Welcome to my new Blog!  I’m intending this to be my “Professional” Blog.  And it’s going to update every Wednesday!  (My personal Blog is still up-and-running as well and will continue to update Mondays as needed).

But who am I?

My name is Lauren R. Tharp.  I’m a freelance writer for hire!  But before that I was…

Me at Children’s Hospital

A baby!

I was born with a terrible defect in my hip.  I was handicapped.  Thanks to the miracle-workers at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, that’s not the case anymore.

Then I…

Zotz!

…got a magic coin!  ZOTZ!

After that a large chunk of time went by and I did a bunch of things…

The outfit (and expression) I wore throughout my high school years.

…like going to high school…

Performing a Kata for a demonstration.

…and earning a black belt and teaching martial arts classes to children…

Some of my paintings.

…and getting my artwork up in a gallery (3 times!)…

Still one of my faves, many years later.

…I had my own webcomic and I got hired to illustrate a children’s book

Robert (black) and Ziggy (white)

…and I fell in love with cats (seriously, if you check out my personal Blo, you’ll read a LOT about my cats).

And at this point you’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, this is all very well and good, but what does this have to do with writing?”  Good question.

My History with Writing

I’ve always loved to write.  I wrote my first “book” in 1st grade.  It was an IlluStory book about a horse that was afraid to jump—which I aptly named The Horse That Was Afraid to Jump.

In 8th grade, I spent most of my free time working on a lovely piece of sci-fi that ended up being 109 pages long.

In high school, I got several awards for my writing including a Golden State Award in Written Composition; and I was also declared the best in my year for 11th grade English.  In addition to that, my short stories were nominated “Story of the Month” three separate times in the now defunct Teen magazine.  I was also the head writer for my high school’s newspaper, the Clark Chronicle.

Straight out of high school, I wrote two original screenplays (The Answer is Always Bea and A Little Respect).  I also won the Editor’s Choice award from the International Library of Poetry for my poem “Another Degree of Nine” in 2004.

In 2006, I wrote several articles for The Pulse, a magazine that specializes in reporting on events happening at Comic Con.

That’s me with actor (and close friend!) Daniel Roebuck

When I Got Serious About Writing

I had always dabbled in writing—short stories, poems, and articles mostly—but I had never considered doing it seriously until fairly recently.  Sure, I had been hired to “proofread” (i.e. write) some essays for fellow pupils when I was in high school, but that was pretty much the extent of my paid work.

However, in August of 2010, I decided to take the plunge.  And now here I am: A professional freelance writer!

I started out getting jobs from the usual places:

I spent my time writing articles, press releases, haikus, and short stories.  I also did some proofreading and copy-editing.

But then, in October of 2010, I got hired to work on this television show:

“The Best of Muay Thai!”

I became the “Official Blogger” for Champions of Champions Elite.  (If you click that link, it will take you to my work).  I was also put in charge of their Official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

After my stint working for COC-Elite, I ended up doing more in the Combat Sports line of work.  I put my journalism skills to the test and interviewed Muay Thai fighters such as:

ROXY “BALBOA” RICHARDSON

Roxy and me.

and

GORAN KARAMFILOSKI

Goran doing an amazingly high kick.

But I was soon picked up to do weekly articles/contributions for WP PRO BUSINESS.

WP Pro Business

As it says on the website, “WP Pro Business is the creation of Adam W. Warner in partnership with a select team of professional WordPress power users.”  You should check it out.  My contributions can be found HERE.

In my spare time, I still accept orders from clients (maybe you?), work on my poetry and fiction, and create Squidoo lenses for fun!

Why Should You Care?

When you succeed, I succeed. And I love to succeed.

I go out of my way to get results.

If your website is suffering from a lack of traffic caused by dull, lifeless copy–I can help.

Contact me.

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4 Comments » for Who I Am and Why You Should Care
  1. Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • littlezotz says:

      Hey there!

      I use WordPress with a Genesis framework. You can get Genesis from http://studiopress.com

      If you’re interested in what theme I’m using at the moment, you can find that information on my F.A.Q. page. :)

  2. pool fill in says:

    I really like your writing style, excellent info , regards for posting : D.

    • Lauren R. Tharp says:

      Thank you very much! Sorry I didn’t reply sooner–My spam filter doesn’t tell me about any comments made on posts over a month old. :O

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