If you have stumbled upon this blog, I assume that you have come with questions. Since I like things that start at the beginning, that's where we'll start. I'm Cecily Jane Harris (yes, that's my real name), and I'll be your writer for the duration of these various entries, which I will attempt to post on a frequent basis. I'm white by ethnicity, a Mormon by religion, a Californian in origin, and I spend my free time between writing, Star Trek, and musicals. I recently received a Bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. Basically, I'm that nerd who sat in the second row of your high school English class and talked way too much about ethics or something lame like that. I guess a profile like that might make me seem uninteresting, or at least avoidable, but I contend that each life is worth writing about, even mine. This was why I thought the name Plain Vanilla seemed appropriate, especially since vanilla happens to be the third most expensive spice in the world and (I am told) used to be considered quite exotic. Similarly, I might not be all that I seem, and may not seem as plain to one person as I am to the next. I will leave any other nuances up to your discovery, Gentle Reader. In all cases, I suppose you will have to get a true taste of Plain Vanilla before you can decide if you like it or not.
Please do not post my writing without my consent, especially if you aren't going to give me any credit. If you would like to contact me about re-posting or anything else, please contact me at cecilbug [at] gmail [dot] com and put "Plain Vanilla" in the subject line so I know that you're not trying to sell me Canadian prescription drugs.
And just to be clear, anything that is not directly referenced in this or any other post is strictly my opinion. I am not writing by the official permission or authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or anyone else. I claim only to be an authority on my own thoughts and experiences. If you want the Mormon church's official standpoint on anything, I would suggest going to the source at the official websites mormon.org or lds.org.
Regards, best wishes, and beginnings,