My name is Lise Fracalossi; I’m a front-end web developer and aspiring fantasy author, living in Central Massachusetts with my husband, three Maine coon cats, and extensive collection of ridiculous hats.

Front-end Web Developer

I have been slinging HTML since I was 17 as a hobby. In 2009, I began doing this on a freelance basis for marketing companies. Since 2010, I have been a front-end web developer for the tech publisher IDG US Media, working on the websites for brands such as Computerworld and Macworld.

As a front-end web dev, I fill the niche between design (which tells you what a website should look like, with pretty pictures) and back-end development (which builds the noodly data structures and complex logic underlying most sites). I work primarily in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Basically I like this job because it allows me to say unironically that I work with Sass and Bourbon.

NB: I do not have the resources to take on any freelance projects at this time, and I am not looking for a new position.

Writer

I have been writing since I knew what words were. I still have a story I wrote in second grade in scratch & sniff red marker called “The Burglar and the Bear.” I finished my first novel when I was thirteen, and it was… exactly what you’d expect from that age.

For most of that time I’ve been writing speculative fiction, i.e. fantasy and science fiction. (Mostly fantasy). In 2013, I got serious about making a career out of this, and applied to the Viable Paradise writing workshop. I got in, and had one delightful, liminal week with some of my favorite authors, and made lifelong friends in the VP17 cohort.

You may also wish to read more about my ongoing projects and the writing communities I’m involved in.

I blog copiously about my life at lisefrac.livejournal.com. I’m hoping to bring some of that prolificness to this blog in the next few months.

Scientist, Researcher, Stats Nerd

I studied cognitive science at Vassar College (class of 2003), and my first job out of college was managing data for an NIH-funded grant on cognitive aging at Brandeis University. In the process I learned a lot about statistics, and went on to work as a research analyst for an educational marketing company for three years.

I don’t currently do any professional work as a researcher, but I’m still the sort of person who geeks out over infographics and fangirls Edward Tufte.

SFF Fan

I’m a big ol’ nerd, from before it was cool, and my interests range from fantasy fiction to vampire anime to H.P. Lovecraft to the Elder Scrolls video games. They’re well represented by my collection of plush toys, which includes Disher the moon-beast, a stuffed lobster named Chatturgha, and Citizen Snips, a plush mudcrab — to name just a few. I can usually be found at Boston-area fan conventions, especially literary ones, such as Readercon, Boskone, and Arisia.

LARPer

I larp, which means I play live-action role-playing games. I have my roots in the New England Interactive Literature/theater-style school of larp, which means I mostly wave index cards at people instead of hitting them with foam swords.

I’ve written two larps of this style: Cracks in the Orb, a 4-hour, 23-player larp in the world of Steven Brust’s Dragaera novels, and League of Extraordinary Hogwarts Students, a 4-hour, 25-player larp set at a Victorian-era Hogwarts, with characters from Victorian literature and history.

I do live-combat/boffer games, as well; I NPC for two live-combat games in the Accelerant system, Shadows of Amun and Cottington Woods. I will be PCing Fifth Gate on the Silverfire side starting in spring 2015.

I usually make it to Intercon and Festival of the LARPs, and occasionally Consequences in the UK.

Anything else?

I’m in my thirties and I live in Central Massachusetts. I’m married to my soulmate, Matt; we are childfree by choice but have three cats. I have an unfortunate predilection for getting stuck in bathrooms. I lived in France for a year when I was 16. Smell is my favorite sense. Seventeen is my lucky number. I really do have a collection of fabulous hats, though I’m equally notorious for not wearing them.