About

**NOTE: I am sorry, but at this time my health and my overextended schedule prevent me from reading and offering feedback on stories. If you would like some writing help, please see Advice to Young Writers under My Works. Thanks. :)

I'm Cassandra. :) Married since 1985, we have 4 terrific young people: a daughter (22), and 3 boybarians (14, 17, 19); we've been educating our kids at home since 1996. I'm a Christian, attending both a community church and an Anglican (Church of England) parish. We live in a small mountain village east of San Diego, California.

I love writing and reading, especially the classics. I have a Master's degree in English (Medieval Lit), and I write poetry, fiction, fan fiction, & I blog, too. I'm a former university English professor, and I currently teach writing, grammar, literary analysis, Shakespeare, & poetry classes both online and in the classroom. Also a freelance editor, I've edited several books including a new Book of Common Prayer. 

I've been diagnosed with several autoimmune illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc. I deal with chronic pain 24/7 despite powerful pain meds. On good days I walk with a cane; on bad days I have to use a wheelchair. Writing often distracts me from the pain. 

Favorite writers: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, L.M. Montgomery, Dorothy Sayers, Anne Lamott, Victoria Thompson, Anne Perry, PD James, Abigail Reynolds

Favorite musicians: U2!!! Love my Dublin boys! Also Florence + the Machine, Editors, Mumford & Sons, Lumineers, Brian Setzer Orchestra, & Postmodern Jukebox. I often write to Big Band/Swing music. 

I am devoted to Downton Abbey, Castle, & Sleepy Hollow 

Facebook Fan Fic Page: http://www.facebook.com/CassandraLoweryWrites

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/cassandra.lowery.1

Fan Fic Blog: http://cassandralowery.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CassandraWrites

xxxooo,
Cassandra :)
  • Location:
    near San Diego, California
  • Joined:
    3 years ago

Reading Lists


11 Published Works

Featured work.

Weeping May Endure for a Night

Social data: 720 reads. 42 votes. 62 comments.

Description: Arriving home to a dark, empty flat, Dr. Edward Masen reflects upon what has undoubtedly been his most heartbreaking experience as an ER physician.... (Doctorward Contest extremely late non-entry)


Other Works by CassandraLowery.
Only by Moonlight

Only by Moonlight

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Due to some serious roommate problems, Bella Swan has to find new student housing mid-semester and fortu...

An Enchanted Evening

An Enchanted Evening

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A Regency Romance (in the time period of Jane Austen) taking place in a single evening. Will William and...

Poems by Cassandra Lowery

Poems by Cassandra Lowery

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Various poems by Cassandra Lowery, currently including "Tone Deaf?", "second skin," "arms of an angel,"...

Advice to Young Writers

Advice to Young Writers

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I am asked several times each day to read the stories written by young writers here on Wattpad. As there...



CassandraLowery
@FireWriter, @idobelieveinfairies1 Yes, this is an ellipsis (plural, ellipses). Add a fourth "dot" after the three when your whenever ellipses occurs at the end of a sentence to represent the period or if the quotation that you are omitting passes over a period.

In American English, there should be no spaces before or after an ellipsis. Just like...this. ;) 

Thanks for your lovely notes, Lucy!! I'm buried in grading British Poetry essays on Byron, Keats, EBB, and Tennyson today, so I haven't been able to check Wattpad often today. ;)


Periods and commas go inside the q
CassandraLowery
Commas and periods *always* belong *inside* the closing quotation marks while colons and semicolon always belong *outside.* Question marks  and exclamation points depend on the context of the sentence: if the whole sentence in quotation marks is a question or exclamation, they belong *inside* the quotation marks (which is about 90% of the time); if only part of the sentence is a quotation or exclamation, they belong *outside.* Like this:

"Wow! That's the coolest thing!"
"Did he leave yet?"

OR

I can't believe she said "yes"!
Did he just say "wow"?

See the difference?


          Cannot becomes can’t (dropping the “n
CassandraLowery
It depends on the kind of writing you're doing, who the speaker is if you're writing dialog, etc. Did you ever notice how seldom Edward Cullen uses contractions in the original books? It makes him seem more old-fashioned. So it depends on what you're writing and what your goal is for that writing. 

For example, contractions aren't usually allowed in formal essay writing. Yet in blog posts, ficton, etc., it's probably preferable to use contractions. It just all depends on the project and your goals. :)


Commas tell us how to read and understand sentences because they tell us where to pause.  A correctly placed comma helps move readers from the beginning of a sentence to the end.  A misplaced comma...
CassandraLowery
I started helping friends with their work and gained a reputation that way so that when others needed editing done for their big projects, they came to me. :)