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Greetings!

I’m Liza, and I play video games for a living.

Bio

I grew up somewhere between the Four Lands and Hyrule, at some point between the Lion War and the founding of Shinra Inc. Most people just call it Washington.

One sunny day on a family trip to Oregon, my mother and I stumbled across a little indie bookstore. There I found a display of beautiful hardbound books, but to my dismay they were all empty. Oh, I get it, thought my eleven-year-old self. These are for writing books in. And then I wrote and illustrated my first book.

It has never been published and rarely sees the light outside of its storage box in my closet, but it has had a profound impact on my life. Around that time I also discovered another gateway into imaginary worlds: Final Fantasy II (also known as Final Fantasy VI by the slightly cooler nerdy kids) was my first venture into the land of interactive storytelling. I fell in love with the composition of music, writing, world building, and exploration. My child-self never imagined what would come to be in the following decades.

I have explored a number of career paths, but I always gravitated back to writing in some fashion. When I began editing the Blood Moon Saga, I knew that this was it. This is how I want to spend my time on Earth.

About Me

 

Fun Facts

  • I am third generation Norwegian-American

  • I spent 10 days on a silent Vipassana meditation retreat

  • I usually play as DPS or healer

Likes

  • Subverting expectations

  • Diverse, three-dimensional characters

  • Peanut M&Ms

Hobbies

  • Drawing

  • Lifting weights

  • Baking

Dislikes

  • Telling instead of showing

  • Sexy lamps

  • Olives

Resume

I am seeking a position that allows me to combine my keen attention to detail with my passion for rhetorical devices and storytelling. I put forth my best effort in everything I do because I love the satisfaction of a job well done and fostering growth within myself and my team.

I am an independent learner and self-starter who can multi-task and compartmentalize. I can articulate complicated issues in laymen’s terms for effective communication and strategize when obstacles arise. My qualifications, strengths, and experiences include:

• Edit and proofread for grammatical errors, consistency of voice and style, continuity, context, flow, and use of rhetorical conventions.

• Develop and implement tailored game testing methods.

• Manage teams, break down tasks and delegate, ensure that every member is able to contribute in meaningful ways.

• Growth mindset: no matter how long I have been practicing something, there is always more to learn, explore, and develop.

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities
Washington State University
Graduated Dec 2015

Certificate in Editing
University of Washington
Expected in 2020

Achievement
• Writing Portfolio: Pass with Distinction

 

Experience

Game Tester / Text Check
Aerotek / Nintendo
Jan 2019 to present

Licensed Massage Therapist
Lake Washington Wellness
July 2017 to Jan 2019

Sales Associate
Super Supplements
Sept 2011 to May 2015

Editor
Blood Moon Saga
Jan 2016 to present

AmazonSmile Support
Amazon
Jan 2016 to Aug 2016

 

Volunteer Experience

Artist Accepting Commissions in Exchange for Donations
UCLA, RAICES
July 2019

English Instructor’s Aide
El Centro de la Raza     
Oct 2015

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Writing Samples

 

Hunter and Apprentice

Rin and Dram are just two hunters trying to make it in a cynical, magic-ridden world.

Lucid Dreamer

Alan is a teenager about to age out of the foster care system and, unable to cope with his reality, escapes into his dreams.

Monsters

Everyone has a unique monster that only they can see and hear.

Testimonials

Liza is able to take the jumble of words I present to her and glean from them the spirit and heart of the prose. She provides effective critical feedback to guide my work exactly where I want it to go.
— Victor Arteaga, author of the Blood Moon Trilogy
I’ve worked with people from all over the world, but my time with Liza stands out against all of them: dependable and honest, ambitious and witty - I’m at a loss of words! ...but she’d be my first pick to find them.
— Robert Ward, Localization Editor at Nintendo of America

Contact

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Bonus

Some of my pencil drawings and macaron art.