I did a Ph.D. in early modern (Renaissance) literature and spent a fair amount of time studying the history of science and medicine. I’m now trying to write a novel, a piece of historical fiction loosely based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, a 17th-century writer, natural philosopher, and poet.
... It’s hard to toggle between strategic budgeting for the library to crafting a dastardly but likable antagonist, or from discussing a cookie-dough school fundraiser to creating a vivid description of a 17th-century birthing stool.
But in some ways, it’s really, really cool. Little bits of historical information, the flotsam and jetsam of my research and imaginings, will sometimes jut through placid waters of my day-to-day experience, bringing me out of the mundane and into the fantastical.
This blog is about that.
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24 January 2018
I want to share some memories about one of the nights of my life, when I met and shared a meal with one of my heroes, Ursula K. Le Guin. I’m not even going to try to be...
3 May 2017
Hi. Just checking in with you all. It’s been a while. I wonder if you’re having a rough time, too. Have you, like me, had a tiny little festering ball of worry in...
1 January 2017
Sorry, this is going to be really self-indulgent. I mean, who fills up a blog with their New Year’s resolutions as though anybody cares? Resolutions: Stop apologizing for being...
20 November 2016
Theater is a distillation, not a distraction. Like most of America, I have a lot of thoughts about the statement Brandon Victor Dixon read to Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence after the...