TALES OF THE ABSURD
WRITER. AUTHOR. STORYTELLER. AILUROMANCER
Welcome to my website. As a semi-pro author, I aim to create a somewhat steady stream of income while telling stories that tickle the imagination by twisting tropes in new and unexpected ways. This misguided ambition has cast me in many different roles: author, bardolator, and Sisyphus of typed verbiage. For example, check out the first chapter in my Stan the Barbarian series by clicking "learn more."
A BIT ABOUT ME
My Odd Story (the Short Version)
As a Historian I’ve spent the last decade of my life writing about dead people. Now, I enjoy writing about fictional people. Both are more agreeable in their own peculiar way than their non-fiction, living alternatives.
My stories are written primarily for YA and Early Adult audiences but I believe anyone can enjoy them. For example, my Stan the Barbarian series tells the story of a barbarian entirely unlike Conan or Kull (or even Pratchett's Cohen); Barbarians who flexed their muscles, cleaved skulls with their swords, and engaged in questionable sexual practices with imperiled maidens across countless printed pages. Nevertheless, the world he inhabits doesn’t care about Stan's disinterest in derring-do. Despite his height, bulk, and shiny steel sword, Stan is much like us. His dreams and desires are often at odds with the expectations of family, friends, strangers, and the world. Even when one tries to follow the adage esse quam videri (to be, rather than to seem), others will often prefer that we seem to be something we are not, rather than accepting who we are. And it is Stan's rebellion against that sentiment that appeals to me, and I hope will connect Stan's mythical world with your experiences in this one.
I think you will find that with so many characters that embrace their eccentricities, push boundaries, and test tropes and conventions; you’re going to turn a lot of pages.
PROFOUND OPENING BLOG POST
Something vague enough to describe my own personal experience yet able to inspire you
What do you get when you jumble together boilerplate webdesign language, epeolatry, an Oxford dictionary website, and a willingness to play Mad Libs with my potential writing career? You get this blog post.