The Desperate Working Momma (AKA: Cat) is from the mean streets of Phoenix, Arizona. Because she attended a large, almost inner-but-mostly-outer-city school with a bazillion other students, her creative writing talents went mostly unnoticed, except for the brief accolades she received in the second grade for her fantasy masterpiece, The Monster from Outer-Space. After winning a first place ribbon in a journalism copy contest for her critically acclaimed "Freshmen! What are They Good For?!" piece in the 1989 PHS Badger yearbook, and going down in infamy as the only virgin head cheerleader EVER on the PHS Varsity Cheerleading squad, she went off to college where she participated in student government, achieved fluency in Latin and Spanish, and earned a Bachelor's degree in English.
Finding herself utterly unemployable upon graduation, she went back to school to get her Master's degree in English education. She was moderately happy teaching English to obnoxious, hormonal teenagers, but stuck with it mostly due to her tenure as cheer advisor/coach. She could often be found in the gym teaching her varsity girls complex stunting techniques, choreographing new dance moves to Jock Jams, or demonstrating how to properly execute a backflip. Unfortunately, after a run-in with her boss-- a short Texan with a severe case of short man syndrome and an infuriating habit of referring to himself in the third person-- regarding her inability to "know her place" and "respect her elders" all because she had the nerve to place the star quarterback on academic probation, Cat told her boss to "stick it where the sun don't shine!" and was off to greener pastures.
Her dreams of hitting the bright lights of Broadway or the star-studded streets of L.A. to pursue that deep-held dream of making it big as an actress were cut short when she noticed she was in possession of a child, with another on the way, as well as a husband whose feet were planted firmly on the ground. So she found a new job teaching English and it only took six more years of that nonsense for Cat to discover "hey, this sucks!"
Fortunately, as acting was still out of the question, Cat unearthed a talent for researching and writing extraordinarily dull expository text and soon secured a position writing regulations for the federal government. As an added bonus, this career change would also allow her the exciting opportunity to up and move her ass all the way across the country to our Nation's Capital. TGSM, after a brief digging in of the heels, packed up the kids and followed.
Cat soon found that her job writing regs afforded her ample time to write sappy romantic-comedy screenplays, brainstorm ideas for the Great American Novel she will inevitably pen, and to jump in with both feet to this new computer craze called "blogging," and Desperate Working Mommas was born. Even though this bio will never EVER be seen by her boss-- nuh-uh, no sirree, because that would be BAD, right?-- she would tell you that she loves her job very much. And she would totally mean it. But she loves blogging WAY more.
Oh, and as a sidenote, we are happy to report that she is no longer a virgin.
- WILLIAM commented:
I am glad you like blogging. This one of my favorite sites to visit.
Also you should get involved in community theater and do you acting there. I did and I had a blast. I even got to wirte a play or two.
Jock Jams, "Oh it's been brought".
- » 1/30/2006 1:55 PM
- mrtl commented:
I can see it now: Desperate Working Momma: The Screenplay
- » 1/30/2006 4:19 PM
- kalki commented:
I heart Cat.
- » 1/30/2006 7:52 PM
- Ern commented:
I would so read your book. I might even volunteer to proof a draft, 'cause that shit's fun.
- » 1/30/2006 9:41 PM
- not-so-normal mom commented:
You and your bio rocks. I just wrote my very first short story ever. I would be honored if you read it. Let me know if you have the time. It's only 5 pages, double-spaced.
- » 1/31/2006 11:53 AM
- Cat commented:
nsn mom: Absofreakinglutely! Send it on over...
- » 1/31/2006 1:03 PM
- Amy commented:
Very cool bio, Cat. Written with flair and pizzazz, as usual!
- » 2/01/2006 9:19 AM
- Odd Mix commented:
If your Great American Novel is written with as much style and tallent as this blog it is sure to be a hit.
This is a great blog, one of my favorites.
- » 2/03/2006 12:07 PM
- Cat commented:
Oh man, oh man, oh MAN! You just made my day. Yes sir.
- » 2/03/2006 12:14 PM