Welcome to the Em-Pire!

In loving memory of my canine companion Maxfield Parish (or just Max), who passed onto that great dog park of endless fun quietly and peacefully on December 13.  I’m left without my wolf, but I’ll always be a Wolf Mom–and besides, there are so many other pups in need of loving and playful care that I’m most definitely needed in the pack, both human and canine…

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This is the story of an awkward 14 year old girl trapped in the body of a 40+ year old woman.  I suppose I can’t complain too much.  I did pick the apocalypse as my life theme, or maybe it picked me–complete upheaval and the loss of everything in order to grow into anything.  Nobody made me choose this idea or pursue this philosophy.  The irony that I am my own greatest guinea pig, however, does not escape me.  The nature of Chaos, folks.  This is that obligatory part where I drone on about the human behind the webgasm and try to convince you I am a living, breathing, carbon-based being.  I hope this recounting to amuse and entertain you…and if I get you thinking, even better.

You have no idea how long it’s taken me to be okay with using my own name as a domain.  Heck, I’ve seen plenty of people do it, and somewhere in the back of my little mind I thought they had to be narcissistic thoughtpirates.  You know, egotists.  The self-important.  People with whom I probably wouldn’t want to grab frozen coffee and a soft pretzel at the nearest Wawa.  That kind of thing.

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Well, times change.  Fortunately, I change too.  Social evolution…or devolution.  Take your pick.  And hey, twenty years ago I first waded into the kiddie pool (or petri dish) of the online experience.  If working online and benefiting from/getting dragged into the digital depression of the cyberfrenzy for twenty years doesn’t merit a me.com, then shut up.  I don’t want to know.

Pretzel, anyone?

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(with much thanks to the good folks at

http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html )

So…what can you expect to find here?  I suspect a lot, but first things first.

Here I will share in tasteful detail my personal and professional life.  Emphasis on the professional.  Technically my professional life began when I started graduate school in 1993, so I have some interesting experiences for you there.  ”Author” is probably the best word for what I’m up to–articles, academia, fiction, nonsense, or whatever happens to be getting my goat/tickling my fancy (I find the sensations to be similar).

To that end, I have two maxims to share.

1) Twenty years spent laying the groundwork for a more pronounced career as a writer and novelist is by no means twenty years lost.

2) There is no such thing as wasted experience.  All experience is worthwhile experience, even the gritty stuff.

My personal life tends to remain just that–personal.  I’m not the kind to declare every angst and emotion to the entire Internet.  However, I do have a healthy presence on Facebook, my choice of social platform not because it’s so great, but because it’s helped me network with some amazing human beings.  So…am I drinking half a glass of Kool-Aid?  I don’t want to think about it…


Create your own Animation

I am a graphics artist to the obsessed degree.  I’ll be sharing some of the fun I’ve had.

Currently I’m operating more than ten web projects.  Here I will explain what they are and provide a link.

You will notice a few of the page titles don’t fit into any of these areas.  They don’t.  These are short excerpts of novel projects I’ve worked on at one time or another.  Writing is its own education, its own special kind of madness, and my true goal is to write in an entertaining and engaging style.

Again, welcome to my digital representation!

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