About Me

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Here’s the 3rd-person blurb:

Jessica Vealitzek is a former communications director for a gubernatorial candidate, an exhibit writer, and reporter. But all of that was an excuse to avoid doing what she’d always wanted to do: write a book.

Her first novel, The Rooms Are Filled, was published on April 22, 2014.

She also writes for Great New Books and PDXX Collective and has been published in the anthologies The HerStories Project and Three Minus One. Her articles have appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times and The Detroit Free-Press, and her posts have been featured on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia and Bon Bon Break.

Here’s the ad for the personals:

I am moved by many things, including, but not limited to:

  • Music by Mumford & Sons, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dixie Chicks, marching bands, CCR, most bluegrass, and practically any music that’s live;
  • The sounds of guitar, violin, bagpipes, wind (preferably in trees with leaves), wolves, mourning doves, my son’s lisp;
  • John Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, In Cold Blood, Anne of Green Gables;
  • Bull Durham, Dances with Wolves, Field of Dreams, A Perfect World (I am not ashamed of this Kevin Costner trend), Brokeback Mountain, Braveheart, Steel Magnolias, Glory, In the Heat of the Night, It’s a Wonderful Life;
  • Abraham Lincoln, Ricky Gervais, Barack Obama (still);
  • The natural world in every form, back massages, Cuban food, genealogy, road trips anywhere;
  • And, to a lesser degree, brownies without nuts and the Monster Trail Mix from Target.

You can reach me at ONE OF THESE PLACES.

65 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Jess- Off to such a fabulous start!!!!! I’ve really enjoyed reading and laughing with you here. (And p.s.–this is my first reply to a blog…so what century do I live in!!! Can’t wait to read more from you. Love, the other Babs

  2. Who’s that adorable little girl in the Cubs jacket?
    Congratulations on your blog! You are an extremely talented writer and I look forward to reading all of your amazing and insightful true STORIES.

  3. Jess, I love the blog! The stories on here are great, and I can’t wait to read more. Congrats to you! XO

  4. Beautiful, funny, and smooth. Brass-backbone brave, too. Could read your work all day. Will one day boast I knew you when you started. More, please.

  5. I just made it about myself. My own least favorite trait. Back to you: you are so ready to blow up (does that still mean to hit it big?) . Get to work. You have fans now.

  6. I too am just entering the 21st century by reading and responding to my 1st blog. Well done Jess, can’t wait to read more. Keep up the good work!

  7. Jess – I love your stories – your writing is awesome – really keeps your interest and so fun. I recognize those adorable little girls on the beach. The funny thing is they still look very much the same – so cute!

    Keep it up!

  8. Jess,

    Love your writing! Glad you are official and online for everyone to take part in your work. Great stuff!! Keep it coming…….


  9. You are so talented! I love your creative writing and the tone you set…I kept reading and reading….way past my bed time. 🙂 I look forward to reading more…and sharing. Kim

  10. Good stuff here Jess! I rarely have a moment to just play around without having to do “work” at night. Thanks for sharing

  11. Thanks for the visit to Play a Good Knife and Fork, Jessica – looks like you are doing some important work here & telling some great stories that need to be told. Cheers,

  12. Firstly, Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars, guitars, violins, the wind, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, nature… these are all incredible things – I love them (plus a tonne more)! Next, your blog is fantastic, I feel myself quickly becoming addicted to it. Thank you!

  13. Hey, Jessica,

    I’m a PTHS friend of your mother’s. I love what you said in your blog. Along with when the dog bites and the bee stings, those are a few of my favorite things. I seeyou like Civil War stuff. I just wrote an article on the Civil War in Sonoma County (CA) that you might enjoy. I’ll try to find it on our website and send it to you.

    Keep up the good work. I like your style.


    Chuck Lucas

  14. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Happy blogging.

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  17. Hi Jessica. If you haven’t already been tagged for the Writing Process Blog Tour and would like to participate, please let me know. I’ve been tagged and would be honored to include you as one of the 3 people I tag.

    • That’s so nice, Deborah, thank you. I have been tagged but I’ve declined–due to various matters, I can’t swing it right now. But thanks for thinking of me, and please do so in the future!

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