Vanessa likes to write about things.
Sometimes she gets paid for it.
Vanessa started out her adult life as a very serious business person (she got not one, but TWO master's degrees!) and spent most of her twenties working for very serious companies and moving every two years or so. In her early thirties, she and her dog Penny moved to Los Angeles, where she began writing and dying her hair weird colors.
Vanessa continues to live in Los Angeles with Penny and her husband Jon, who is a professional magician (no, she doesn't know how he does his tricks). Her writing has appeared in publications like The LA Times, SELF, Atlas Obscura and /Film. Her hair is currently blue, but she is thinking of dying it purple in a few months.