Arizela ran away to Vegas in the ’97 to marry her true love and hasn’t regretted a moment since. In 2006 she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in nursing and immediately went into the specialty of neonatal (newborn) intensive care nursing. In 2009, she developed a debilitating heart arrhythmia. After two years of complete disability, her heart got better (mostly), allowing her to return to her career and continue with plans to become a nurse researcher. She finished her BSN at Ohio University in 2013 and immediately enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, where she spent half a decade living in electronic journal databases and conducting research toward the goal of improving birth outcomes and the lives of children who don’t have great starts. She now works as a postdoctoral research associate.
She has an addiction to tote bags, a deep social conscience, and disproportionate loves of yarn and speculative fiction. Arizela lives in small town Virginia with her wonderful husband and transgender daughter, surrounded by a pile of electronic gear and computers. Her time is carefully divided between committing acts of science, running a consulting business, playing games with her family, knitting, pretending not to spoil the dog, and writing about smokin’ hot ninja witch hunters.
The name Arizela was the result of a constructed language (conlang) my husband created in college with a friend, meaning “guardian of the desert.” It is shared with a genus of moth (thank you wikipedia) and a handful of folks who’ve sprouted up on the internet over the last 20+ years.