Heather Grove

NOTE: It’s January of 2014 and I just realized how horrifically old and out-of-date this page is. So I’m giving it a rewrite.

I’m a writer, roleplayer and cook with an interest in biopsychology, and you’ll see these passions reflected in a large part of the Errant Dreams website. From 1995 to 2002 I spent most of my spare time (and from about 2000-2002 most of my working days too) co-authoring roleplaying supplements, primarily for White Wolf (Mage, Wraith, Exalted, Dark Ages, Mind’s Eye Theatre, Vampire). I write reviews, fiction, and articles of all kinds–much of which finds its way onto this web site.

Reviewing

Currently my major occupation is as a reviewer. I accept books, kitchen implements, and so on from various companies, test them out, and review them. I post the reviews here and Amazon.com as well. I have a wide range of interests and review quite a variety of things; check out our review area for examples. I could be said to specialize in kitchenware, genre novels, and cookbooks, although I’ll review just about anything if I get the urge to do so. I write thorough, honest, well-considered, fair reviews; if I’m reviewing kitchenware then I use it in cooking, and if I’m reviewing cookbooks then I make some of the recipes. I won’t hesitate to say if I don’t like something even if it was a review copy from a company, but I will always give something a fair shot, even if it rubs me the wrong way for some reason. If you want me to review something, check out our guidelines.

Freelance Writing

I do not do freelance writing any more; I have ADD and bipolar (as well as tendonitis), and this makes deadlines difficult. Don’t get me wrong–I work hard and do my damndest to meet deadlines–but sometimes I simply cannot concentrate. And while I can sometimes work around that, the stress of worrying about it makes things worse.

My interests

The Writing & Roleplaying

I stopped doing freelance writing for RPG companies. It started with a bad bout of tendonitis that caused me to cut back, and that’s when I realized that I had been burned out for a while and just hadn’t realized it. I do still roleplay and I’m still enjoying putting work into this site, although it has been dramatically re-organized recently, and various issues have made my contributions sporadic.

Cats!

Toward the end of 2001 we adopted two adorable Cornish Rex kittens. The boy, Cahlash, is a seal point (cream with dark points). His sister, Selene, is a black-and-cream tortoiseshell. Like most Rexes they’re incredibly loving, friendly, talkative, and playful. We have a few cat photos online. Our cats were born prematurely and had some health problems (such as asthma), so it is perhaps not surprising—but still heart-rending—that they only lived to be 12. In 2013, April, Cahlash died of kidney failure. In October of the same year, Selene died due to complications from a hernia. We miss them horribly. It took us several months to even consider getting cats again, but in February 2014 we adopted Niko, a Siamese, and Dax, a Snowshoe. They are awesome!

Brief bio

Heather Grove grew up in Vermont (mostly), then ran off to Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as soon as she hit college age. Not long afterward she dropped out, largely due to the unexpected discovery that she had bipolar disorder*. She worked at MIT as a secretary for eight years, first in the Center for Theoretical Physics, where typesetting many physics equations in LaTeX caused her to develop severe tendonitis in both hands and arms. Thanks to a special keyboard, she was able to keep typing, however. Next she worked at MIT’s Lab for Computer Science, and she continued to write and roleplay in her spare time. These hobbies led her to meet Jeffrey, the love of her life, at a roleplaying game, and after a handful of years they got married.

In 1995 Heather started writing for White Wolf’s Wraith line, then ended up writing for many of their other game lines too. Eventually she made the move to writing full-time, which is probably the most positive proof that she’s insane. Shortly afterward the happy couple realized that living in Boston was ridiculously expensive for a place that had no trees, and they moved to New Hampshire. Heather also spent several years taking night courses in the social sciences at Harvard, but she moved out of the area before completing her degree.

In 2004 Jeffrey’s job led the two of them to make yet another move, this time to Maryland. They’re enjoying the area, the water, and the many wonderful restaurants.

*I realize it’s unusual for someone to admit in a public forum (much less their own web page!) that they have a mental illness. It’s ridiculous that the mentally ill have to hide their illnesses for fear of being belittled, ostracized, and looked down upon. Since I work for myself I’m in an unusual position–I don’t have to worry about being fired from my job just because other people aren’t comfortable with my illness.

My work

If you wish, you can look at my publication list. At the bottom you’ll find links to reviews of some of the various books and stories I’ve worked on. In addition to the material there, this web site contains thousands of articles—all of which have now been transformed into blog format, since, well, back when we started this site there were no blogs. My output varies wildly with my ability to concentrate, my energy level, and what state my medications are in at the moment. So while I absolutely love reviewing books (and kitchenware!) these days, the blog sometimes sits idle for long periods of time.

4 comments on “Heather Grove
  1. Terry Sofian says:

    Saw your review of Fragment and posted a comment. I write Victorian Science Fiction role playing and miniatures games. I have roved around your pages and like what you do. Do you have any interest in VSF/Steampunk gaming?

    Terry Sofian

  2. Heather says:

    Hey there Terry. I’ve done a little Steampunk gaming, but it isn’t my favorite genre. I love it conceptually, but I have a harder time getting into it. I’ve enjoyed most of the books that I’ve read, but couldn’t get all that far into the one RPG I tried. It’s a fantastic genre, just not one that comes naturally to me. What games do you play? I haven’t looked around at the new ones in quite a while.

    Wow, I just realized how old and out-of-date this about page is. I should do something about that.

  3. J.S. Amie says:

    Hi Heather,
    I found your amazon review of “The Eat-Clean Diet” while researching books on the fat loss, and I really liked the amount of thought you put into it. I also noticed that other readers also found it helpful. So I wanted to reach out to you and ask if you would consider reviewing my new book?

    I’m a new author, and just getting started building a platform and reader base. Any review can help, but a review from you could be stellar. So, I’m hoping that you’ll consider giving me your feedback (in the form of an honest review on Amazon) on my new book on spiral vegetable pasta.
    The book is pretty unique — it explains how to use popular spiral vegetable cutters to make delicious pasta substitutes from fresh veggies like zucchini and carrots. It also includes some excellent recipes for paleo, gluten-free, and weight loss diets. I really didn’t notice any other books that cover this subject, so I researched it and wrote this book in hopes it would provide value.
    If you and your readers would like a free copy of the book, let me know. I can make it available for free download from Amazon.
    Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LLNFJAQ
    Thanks!
    J.S. Amie

    • Heather says:

      Hi–for future I prefer to receive review requests by email (my contact info is on this submissions page). In this case I must decline; the cookbook requires the gizmo, and I’m not going to buy the gizmo so I can review the cookbook. Thank you anyway.

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