If you really want to hear about it, I go by B.C. Spines, because my initials are B.C., because my name’s Brittany C. Nice to meet you! I’ve been telling stories for a while now—-since before I could really write, and I’d draw these scribbles on a page and read it out loud. But I can write now, and apparently well enough to graduate from Kent State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Art in English and a Minor in Writing. Not to brag (except why else would you be reading this but to hear me brag?) but I wrote a novel for my Honors College thesis and completed a writing portfolio during my undergraduate. Also, I was summa cum laude.
Although I worked at a local restaurant as a server throughout college and was promoted to a manager after graduation, when the pandemic began in 2020, I decided to take some time off work and reevaluate my career aspirations. My whole life, I’ve dreamed of being a published author, and while I have had work published, I began considering what this meant in a practical sense. To this day, writing is one of my greatest passions, and I realized that I prefer to cherish writing as a personal hobby, not a means of income (and certainly not a path towards fame). At the same time, my experience at the restaurant helped me to see that I am very passionate about community involvement, and quarantining disconnected me from my my local community that weighed heavy on my heart. With these insights, I enrolled in a master’s program for Library and Information Science and became a Public Services Associate at my local library. Having worked my first job as a shelver for two years in high school, I now laugh that I didn’t piece together this career path sooner. Librarianship encapsulates my personal values and my greatest passions. Moreover, as a lifelong library lover, it just makes sense.
Many of my beliefs are inspired by my own observations and experiences, in conjunction with my readings of the Buddha dharma. Every facet of this life is connected to everything else, and our well-being directly and indirectly affects one another. Empathy is fundamental, and it exists at the root of all communication. When we lose empathy, communication loses all meaning. What are words but vehicles for conveying the human experience? More and more, our collective consciousness is awakening to our connectedness as a global ecology and what that means for our future, but our future is merely a ripple expanding from our present moment. As they say, there is no way to peace; peace is the way.
My favorite works on the Buddha dharma are authored by Thich Nhat Hanh. Being Peace and Touching Peace are both wonderful starting points, and The Heart of Buddha’s Teachings is a thorough text I return to often.
As for my hobbies? I like to write, read books and comics, make YouTube videos, draw, photograph, journal, drink tea, listen to music, hike, practice yoga, and meditate. I have two cats, who I like to make fun of even though I love them, and I have a very incredible significant other, who inspires me to be a better person every day, and who has helped me find the truest happiness I’ve ever known. And also I have a family, who you can blame for the way I turned out. (Love you guys!)
If you would like to email me your generous business propositions, contact me with any fan mail, or kindly send me a review copy, you may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, or Facebook as @slantedspines!
- Nadia Montgomery: A Novel published on OhioLink
- “Eyes and Mirrors” published in dona nobis pacem on Amazon, October 2019
- “The Blue Cat” published in Brainchild Magazine Spring 2018
- “Kitchen Lessons” published in Luna Negra Literary and Arts Journal Spring 2017
- “1 Unread Voicemail” published in Luna Negra Literary and Arts Journal Spring 2017
- “Washed Away” published in Luna Negra Literary and Arts Journal Spring 2017
- “folded earth” published in Luna Negra Literary and Arts Journal Spring 2016
- “july 2001” published in Luna Negra Literary and Arts Journal Spring 2016
- “Bad Kids” published in Luna Negra Literary and Arts Journal Spring 2016
Editing by BC
She has also edited Michelle Rodriguez’s novel Strengthened.
For my undergraduate minor in writing, part of the requirement was to create a writing portfolio. I am most passionate about the art of the short story, so I wrote five short stories that all center around the lives of a handful of people who visit a restaurant called Sticky Fingers Diner.
You can view the complete portfolio, including the introduction by me, at this link: