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Projects in Progress or Process

  • An adult fantasy novel set in the modern Ozarks

  • A science-fiction noir novel with an indeterminate inheritance of inspirations (see below)

  • A collection of short stories playing the Oz canon of L. Frank Baum in a minor key

  • Essays about the way the world looks viewed from around here

  • Fabulist and Gothic stories set in the Ozarks

  • Classes for the Carnegie Center

Some of My Favorite Things

  • Creating and enjoying writing community

  • Taking writing classes at the Carnegie Center

  • Proudly supporting the Lexington Writer's Room

  • Reading classic and modern speculative fiction

  • Sketching

  • Listening to outlaw country, Americana,, classic country, modern country, southern rock & blues... oh, and show tunes

  • Community building and advocacy

  • Tea, tea, tea

Constant Inspirations

L. Frank Baum (always), Cathrynne M. Valente, Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Christopher Rowe, H. G. Wells, Alix E. Harrow, Bram Stoker, Holly Black, Aristotle, Frank Herbert, The Foxfire Books, The Brothers Grimm, Isaac Asimov, Vance Randolph, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Hans Christian Andersen, St. Augustine, Kurt Vonnegut, and C.S. Lewis.

And a multitude of great authors left unnamed... Books aplenty. Everything the Boonslick Regional Library tolerated me checking out a million times during the summer and those things that rattled my bones and echoed in my heart at college when I really ought to have been reading something for class.

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