I’ll have to rebrand.
~C. L. Dyck, here
Early History, Totally Random C.V., and Known Aliases
Canadian freelancer Cathi-Lyn Dyck has been reading, writing and avoiding arithmetic since the age of five or so. Her first publication credit was in 2004, in the realm of poetry. From there, she expanded into a freelance humour column in the local newspaper, press release writing for area non-profits, homeschooling-related magazine articles and book contributions, and the study of fiction writing.
She is the sole owner and author of this here Scita > Scienda, where she practices writing whatever on earth she feels like and receiving feedback on it.
For a fried brain supposedly unable to string thoughts together, your writing once again captured life exquisitely.
~Randy Brandt, writer and reviewer, here
Wow that was an amazing piece of writing. I felt the cold and misery in that even though I am sitting in beautiful morning sun here in Melbourne…
~Dorothy Adamek, ACFW member, here
“exactly what I needed–good and solid and beautiful and TRUE. Chill giving.”
~Heather Young, artist, here
Ha! That was rich – and wild! Great story…
~Violet Nesdoly, poet, here
Editing, Critiquing and Being a Snobby Reviewer
Cat is an exacting but tenderhearted freelance editor (see here for details). Her skills have variously been described as “exceptional,” “unbelievable,” “the clearest I’ve ever seen,” and “superior to the majority of trailer park denizens hanging around Houston’s seedier bars.”
Her notoriously fussy standards lead to very few literary reviews around here, all of them incorrigibly snobby and crushing to the fragile psyches of writers, because otherwise what fun would it be?
Warms my heart to see another person who really “gets it”.
~Kerry Nietz, author of A Star Curiously Singing from Marcher Lord Press, here
Whoa! Thanks, Cat! You’re too kind!
~Johne Cooke, Overlord, Ray Gun Revival Magazine, here
Thank you so very much for your kind words. They are deeply appreciated.
~Marc Schooley, author of The Dark Man from Marcher Lord Press, here
Related Skills and Branding
Skills: Cat helped her husband Dave establish Westman Bible Conference over the course of 2009, contributing on graphic design, IT, networking, public relations, and event logistics. For some reason, it still went off as a success.
Branding: This has not stopped people from calling her things. She is variously known as Catbert the Evil Editor, the Prairie Ninja, and C.L. Hobbes. Attempts to achieve mainstream acceptance under the pseudonym of “Quiet and Unassuming Wallflower” remain the one unmitigated failure of her career to date.
Complete Lack of Definable Educational Background
Cathi-Lyn was unschooled until junior high school, and retains her early guerrilla training in critical thinking, information gathering and analysis. Since converting from a background of atheism/agnosticism to evangelical Christianity in her late teens, she has made an ongoing study of social apologetics–using a biblical worldview to respond to cultural and social questions on their own footing.
Great argument, Cat.
~MS Quixote, here
Fine use of logic there, Babe.
Good stuff, as always.
~Hank Harwell, here
~Some guy named Michael, here
Platform and Testimonials
Started early in 2009 as a curmudgeonly personal journal of rogue scholarship forays, with no intention of attracting an audience, Scita > Scienda has morphed into a warm and supportive cozy stop on the internet byways. Scienda’s sensitive, sane and affirming little community is a constant pleasure to interact with, and an uplifting, comforting influence on an almost daily basis.
You are a terrifying person and possibly unbalanced. Those long Canadian winter nights may be having an adverse effect.
~Randy Brandt, via email
Oh, I should explain. Randy’s from my neck of the woods originally, quite literally just down the road from here. He and Marc got acquainted elsewhere, and thus he has made his way here as the ill-gotten gains of Quixote’s misadventures.
~C.L. Dyck, here
Pocas veces he sido insultado mas elocuente.
~MS Quixote, here
I don’t have a collection of stuffed animals but I do have a collection of dragons…
~Heather Young, here