As you all may have noticed, I tend to post articles from guest contributors for the site.  Only elle2 though has ever been deemed an official  "Winchester Family Business writer."  It's taken me long enough, but I'm so lucky to get so many great articles from these people that recognition is due.  I'm giving the "staff writer" title to five others that have been doing some amazing work here recently.  So please welcome Elle, Faellie, Randal, Jasminka, and Sablegreen. 

It's because of contributions from these people that we have been able to post daily ever since the season four finale.  I'm sure some of you remember the story, but when I told elle2 we were going to try and post daily except Saturdays during the Summer Hellatus, she thought I'd had officially cracked.  We ended up actually posting on an average of 1.3 times daily! (including Saturdays)  Now, we're actually closer to 1.7 times and pushing for 2.0.  With a new staff of writers, I think that can be done (right guys?).  Or at least we'll keep posting until you're totally sick of us. 

I also want to send my sincere thanks to everyone that checks out our little site here.  November was an incredible month here as we far exceeded anything done before.  We almost hit 1 million page hits.  You want to know how many page hits there were in January when this site started?  9000.  Total page hits from January to October?  A little over 5 million.  We had almost 12,000 unique visitors and close to 30,000 total visitors in November which is 40% over our previous best month (July).  Thank you everyone!  

Below are the bios I got from our new "official" writers.  Sure, you've been reading their stuff for a few months now and probably won't notice the difference, but hey, they at least get a writing credit now and a spot in the "Who Are We?" section at the top of the page.  I'm including elle2's also since she never sent me one before now.  Thank you elle2, elle, Faellie, Randal, Jasminka and Sablegreen and give you all one grossly overdue welcome!

 
Elle2 is a 40 something self-employed woman in her second career.  First career was 15 plus years in management.  She finally decided she not only wanted a change but was going to do something about it and went back to school.  Now she works from home much of the time and cuddles with her dog and cat (who have no concept of ‘home office’). She found Supernatural during Season 3, Mystery Spot, immediately hit every web site she could find, ordered the DVDs and got caught up before Ghostfacers aired, She's dedicated like that.So now she gets to satisfy her creative needs, as well as escapism needs, and gets to have fun while doing it.  "Thanks to everyone who reads what I write and special thanks to all of you who bravely type in comments and then hit the send button.  I know it takes courage (and time) and I appreciate it all very much.  Thanks for reading, elle2."
 
During Season 4 she found herself e-mailing Alice privately, participating in the comments and finally with OTHOAP she couldn’t help herself and wrote her first review.  That, as they say, is that.  Then she began submitting reviews (more thoughts than anything) and making lists of articles that she wanted to attempt.  One day Alice and her were on similar wavelengths and e-mails actually crossed through the web world as she wrote asking if perhaps she could continue to submit articles and Alice wrote asking if she would consider submitting articles. 

Faellie is a lawyer and trade unionist based in the UK, who found Supernatural half way through Season 4 and attributes her slow arrival on the scene to obscure programming - and to not having a TV.  She caught up with three and a half seasons in little more than a month, and confidently expects Supernatural to break out of cult status and become a classic in the same way that Star Trek did.

Elle is a 21 year old Ontarian (Canada), currently in her 4th year of university majoring in honours legal studies with a minor in psychology. She discovered Supernatural on her journey to replace the other love of her life, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Immediately addicted to Supernatural after viewing the Pilot on DVD two summers ago, she has never looked back.
 
Married with children, Randal is employed by a library at an institution of higher learning where he disputes the efficacy of said higher learning upon the student body, but that's merely due to increasing get-off-my-lawn-ism. He stumbled onto The Winchester Family Business by mistake, thereby proving that mistakes are indeed glorious, and necessary, things. He can be found dispensing bad verse and random brain oozing under the same pseudonym here. (Here being his blog: http://lennui-melodieux.blogspot.com


Jasminka
, hooked to Supernatural from episode one, has led several lives so far. After studying psychology, literature, drama and opera, she eventually found her calling for becoming a psychotherapist, treating trauma survivors, terminally ill and suicidal patients, and many young people with personality disorders or changes, which she considers to be the most rewarding job possible. Apart from that she has been teaching, but would never give up being a therapist for lectures only.

She started to write in high school, initially to continue books she had grown to love and didn’t want the story to end; later she became a reporter for her university’s newspaper. Early on she experienced writing’s relaxing and enriching effect, and with her imagination incessantly at work the need for expressing thoughts and emotions via writing has always been there. Particularly in emotionally taxing periods of her life writing has become a tool to sort out and untangle thoughts and find solutions, on a creative level. She hopes to complete a novel she’s been writing. She is happiest when with her loved ones, sharing experiences, rambling over books, theatre, movies or a certain tv-show. She dreams of parachuting at least once in her life, swimming with dolphins and visiting Hawaii. Despite being acquainted with loss, her biggest fear is losing people she loves.

Supernatural has had a most unexpected and incredibly stimulating impact on Jasminka, as its many layers wouldn’t leave her alone. Although this amazing show deals with the paranormal, its deeply human story moves her the most, and her curiosity to explore the facets of its characters’ relationships and struggles or the series’ metaphysics arises with every episode, never ceasing to inspire her.

Sablegreen is a medical research scientist specializing in immunology and genetics. She also has been involved with community service at the government level for 15 years. She is currently employed in the pediatrics department of a large medical complex. She spends much of her free time competing in agility, tracking, obedience, and carting with her two dogs. They also do therapy work on weekends at nursing homes, hospitals and schools. She found Supernatural in the summer of its second year by renting the DVD from season one. She has been hooked ever since.


 

Comments  

Karen
# Karen 2009-12-10 01:25
Elle, Faellie, Randal, Jasminka and Sablegreen.
Hey Congrats! It’s well deserved.
Also want to send a thanks to you all, including Alice and Elle2.
You have been doing a wonderful job of getting us thru this hiatus/hellatus.
And from keeping the brain cells from freezing up.
:D
Supernarttu
# Supernarttu 2009-12-10 06:10
Hi guys.
Welcome to "The Official Writer" status :D
Now that is a title worth dying for. *jealous sigh* 8-)
paintgirl
# paintgirl 2009-12-10 10:15
Just de-lurking to add my thanks and praise for the great writers and articles on this site. I don't know how I would get through the hellatus without you! Keep up the (very) good work!
Randal
# Randal 2009-12-10 10:33
Apparently, alice doesn't want us resting on our laurels after signing this multi-year contract. 8-)

I feel honored to be among such groovy folks.
Tigershire
# Tigershire 2009-12-10 23:53
Wow, what an amazing and diverse bunch. Congrats on your new status - by the way, you all know the definition of a volunteer don't you? It's someone who didn't understand the question!

Hee, hee - I kid.

Alice, this site of yours has taken some amazing paths in it's growth. Such wonderful writers you have pulled into the fold. Just one of the many reasons I love coming here.

Cheers!
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2009-12-11 02:48
Thanks for the warm welcome, folks!

Damn… and I really wanted to cut back a bit in the upcoming year, find out how being idle might feel… and sloth is out of the window (did we kill that demon or is he around somewhere, might need him)… and I can’t even blame Alice…

;-)

Love this... I really do, Jas
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2009-12-11 02:52
Randal,
Working on a writer’s blues right now, as soon as I have the melody finished, we can sing it together… or .. you know there really is no need…
I’m equally honoured and touched beyond words… Okay, let’s get to work now

love, Jas



:lol: :lol: :lol:
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2009-12-11 09:31
Alice, Thanks for the acknowledgement …..and thanks also for all who read my articles. I don't know about the others, but the more I feel I have touched someone with my articles, the more I feel I've contributed to the show. Keep commenting please, and lurkers...de-lu rk. I like knowing your views. It helps with future articles.
Randal
# Randal 2009-12-11 11:30
Oh no, Jas, you do NOT want me singing. Think Sam-level quality. ;-)

Sablegreen, exactly, it's a case of the one-person cliché: if just one looks a bit differently or deeper at an aspect of the show, mission accomplished.
elenaM
# elenaM 2009-12-17 22:38
Wow--I let my computer alone for a couple of weeks and look at all the great stuff I've missed. Time to catch up. Congratulations , y'all--looking forward to your wonderful & thought-provoki ng articles, as ever
Narcissus
# Narcissus 2009-12-20 09:34
I know I'm very, very late, but I still want to say a big congrats and THANK YOU to all the amazing writers here. It was interesting to read your bios..it always amazes me when I think about how what a colourful bunch we saltgunners are :lol:

Sites like these really make the fanbase what it is. It provides a great place for all kinds of intelligent and warped minds to gather and share our mutual love and passion for a bloody TV show (we really are nuts, aren't we?).

At the end of crazy day I always look forward to coming here and seeing what latest food for thought is on offer..and I'm never disappointed. So once again, Alice, Elle2, Elle, Faellie, Jasminka, Sablegreen, and Randal, thank you. Happy holidays all!
Jasminka
# Jasminka 2009-12-20 17:24
Thanks, Narcissus, elenaM, Tigershire, paintgirl, Supernarttu, Karen and cathy1967, for acknowledging in such a lovely way what we do here! It’s quite an honour to be able to provide you with some thought food, occasionally. And for me it’s just as much fun (and often a challenge, too) to read what everyone else here has to offer.
Narcissus, hope you’ll have peaceful holidays, too, Jas
Sablegreen
# Sablegreen 2009-12-20 19:17
Thanks all. It is fun to put together these articles and even more fun to see how much you all think of them. Happy Holidays to everyone.