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.
But I caught island fever and transferred to the University of Oklahoma, to focus on Meteorology and Geophysics. Basically, I wanted to chase tornadoes.
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.
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:
I discovered my love of funky hats and funkier photo opportunities:
And I got to spend a summer in Iceland, learning how to transcribe and translate medieval manuscripts.
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.