Hello and Welcome.
I started this site in 2016 at the half-way mark of a two year MFA in Creative Writing program at Lesley University. That leg of my journey is done; I graduated in June of 2018 with a concentration in Writing for Young People. The formal program is finished, but the adventures continue, and so does the blog. In my quest to write great stories and get them into the world, I’ll continue to post on pretty much whatever is taking up space in my head.
I’m not a full-time writer. I pay the bills teaching high school biology, histology, forensics, and other various nerdy electives. Am I a science nerd? Oh, yes. Without question. Outside the classroom, I split my time between family, fitness, and reading & writing speculative fiction.
In March of 2019, I joined the team of first readers at Clarkesworld Magazine, an award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine started by Neil Clarke in 2006. In 2020, pandemic madness ensued. As a teacher, it was absolute chaos and I had to set aside reading slush so that I could devote every neuron I had to figuring out how to teach my students a lab science course over Zoom. By 2022, I was back in an actual classroom and things started settling down, so I joined the team of first readers at Planet Scumm.
This blog is about reading, writing, and being a creative human. I write about the up’s, the down’s, the genuine difficulties of trying to be a creative individual living in a consumption-focused world. The focus is on creative writing, but I may stray in my musings.
A Few of My Favorite Authors (deceased):
Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Terry Pratchett.
A Few More of My Favorite Authors (living):
Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, V. E. Schwab, Liz Bardugo, N. K. Jemisin, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Alderman, Patrick Ness, Mackenzie Lee, Maggie Stiefvater, Cressida Cowell, Naomi Novik, Jeffrey Ford, and Stephen Graham Jones.
Thanks so much for stopping by! As always, happy writing to you.