I divide my time between a variety of poverty-inducing ventures: writing for fun and writing for torture; watching far too many movies and reading far too few books. I spend most of my time in fictional worlds, only some of my own invention.
I have lived previous incarnations as bookseller, bureaucrat, filmmaker, zinester, student, and wayward traveller. I studied Film at Langara after seven years at Simon Fraser entrenched in English, Archaeology and about every other Liberal Arts and social science topic you can imagine.
I am very good at Trivial Pursuit.
I am related to Dr. Samuel Johnson, writer of the first English dictionary, which explains my perfect spelling and penchant for black cats.
I once lived in a house in the South Hill neighbourhood of Vancouver with six people, four cats, one goldfish, and a vegetable garden for a front yard. We called it The Commune. It was where I lived with my husband before he was Husband, before he was Fiance, before he was Boyfriend, back when he was just Boy Roommate. Life was a sitcom and we were the “will they/won’t they.”
Once we ran away to England because we like having adventures. But we didn’t like it that much, so we came home again.
I have the personality of a superhero’s alter-ego. Only I don’t fight crime. At least not yet.
I am currently obsessing over romantic comedies, putting together some perzines, writing a second murder mystery dinner party, GMing a D&D 5e campaign, and crocheting dice bags for fictional characters.
I live and work in Surrey, BC on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, with my very fluffy cat and not-so-fluffy husband. (She/her)
What People Say
[Ashleigh is] everything John Lennon always wanted to be.Joe Verde
I’ve lived with [Ashleigh] for over two years, and I’m not entirely convinced [she is] an idiot.Former Roommate
If nothing else, I think you’re special.Mom
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