About

I am a jack of all trades, master of none. (Which is better, some say, than a master of one).

In my science fiction, I focus on language, apocalyptic settings, and science, in that order. I have prepared a brief photo-tour to explain to you, dear reader, how that came to pass. Wander with me, if you will.

Right out of high school, I studied Geophysics and Meteorology at the University of Hawaii.

VOLCANO!
Kilauea. Anything for a dramatic photo.

But I caught island fever and transferred to the University of Oklahoma, to focus on Meteorology and Geophysics. Basically, I wanted to chase tornadoes.

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May 6, 2015

But, because I didn’t know Meteorology is all complex math, and Geology is all chemistry–both subjects I have zero affinity for–I went into English, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Which, hey, funnily enough, my graduation picture for my 2nd Master’s degree, which is in History!

So I moved to Scotland, to pursue degrees in Viking Studies, and I wrote a dissertation on geology and mythology, and coined a term I’m pretty proud of: geomythogenesis. Literally, earth-based myth-creation. As a result, I now know enough about hydrofluoric acid and Icelandic volcanism to simultaneously confuse and concern the CIA.

While there, though, I got to try out some new hobbies, like painting:

 

And baking:

CAKE
A Cthulhu cake will always be the pinnacle of my lifetime achievements.

I discovered my love of funky hats and funkier photo opportunities:

dino profile
“Smile,” they said.|”I’m a dinosaur,” I replied.

And I got to spend a summer in Iceland, learning how to transcribe and translate medieval manuscripts.

 

iceland profile
This guy and I are BFFs now.

I’m currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’m helping start a professional writing critique group, a la the famous Critical Mass group (which boasts authors like SM Stirling, Walter Jon Williams, Emily Mah, George RR Martin, and James SA Corey), and I’m on the Bubonicon Planning Committee for the Art Show. 

 

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