a pic i took of a painted rock in my neighborhood in november 2019

About

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My name’s Guilliean Pacheco.

Hard g.

I’m a creative writer and editor, tutor, creativity concierge, photographer, web designer, occasional filmmaker, and fangirl.

I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

I’m a thirtysomething of the female persuasion. I refer to my heritage as Filipina adjacent. To be clearer, I’m an American of Filipino, Chinese, Spanish, German, and French descent.

I’m a Northern California native, born in Oakland, and subsequently raised in Union City and Modesto. I live in Las Vegas normally, if one can call living in Vegas normal.

Raconteur means storyteller in French; raconteuse is the feminine form.

I randomly quote Futurama and keep a sonic screwdriver with me for those timey-wimey emergencies. I’m CERT and First Aid/CPR/AED trained for both Adults and Infants.

I was adopted by a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix named Jack on December 26, 2012.

I’m not an ambi-turner.

I write for the ones who see the extraordinary in the mundane.

I refer to my writing aesthetic as “cinematic absurdism.” I’m influenced by Jack Kerouac, Emily Dickinson, Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Sandra Cisneros, Billy Wilder, Angela Carter, William Shakespeare, Joan Didion, Alfred Hitchcock, Shirley Jackson, and Rod Serling. And not in that order.

What professional credits do you have?

  • I won a special selection distinction for my poem – Las sergas de Esplandián – at the 2019 Helen Stewart Poetry Contest.
  • I completed Turner Classic Movies and Ball State University’s online multimedia course, The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock, in August 2017.
  • I received my Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco in 2016.
  • Red Rock Canyon, flash fiction from a short story collection to be announced, was published by Helen as part of their Friday Night Specials series in December 2016. It was republished in the online version of its 5th-anniversary issue in 2019.
  • I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in History in 2012.
  • For my final project for Women and Literature in 2010, I submitted “Little Lady Love: A Moving Storyboard.” I retold the story of “The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter through photography and music.
  • I directed the short film “Come Together” for Atomic Cocktail Entertainment. We were one of the top ten finalists for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Online Filmmakers’ Contest in 2010. We won a Silver Screen Award at the 2011 Nevada Film Festival in their Short Film competition.
  • I created “Seven Sins of the Sisters” as my final creative project for Outlaw Genres: U.S. Third World Women’s Autobiography in 2008. It combined photography and music. From this final project sprung a side effort, which I called Into the Mouth of Madness.
  • I co-produced a virtual TV series called “The Alliance of Destiny” from 2003 to 2006. It combined Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Alias into one cohesive universe.
  • I was published in the CSN Coyote Press in 2004 for my article on Las Vegas rock band, The Killers.
  • My short story, “The Seduction of Francesca Miller,” won third place at the 2002 Modesto Junior College Celebration of the Humanities.