Hey there. So…you’ve come to my About page…
To be honest, I hate writing about myself, since most of the time I don’t think I’m anything special. I’d much rather write about other people and worlds, or gods. But, people assure me that I actually am interesting, so I’ll do my best.
I grew up in the state of New Hampshire in the US. For those of you who have been to New Hampshire, it probably explains a lot about me. New Hampshire is a weird little state, and most of us New Hampshire-ites will say the same.
I went to Elmira College in upstate NY to get a degree in Biochemistry. After graduating in 1998, I moved to the Boston area to begin my 13 year career in the biotech industry, much to the chagrin of other folks who were hoping I’d become a Nobel prize winning biochemist doing some sort of research. The real reason was that I was pretty much burnt out with school and just wanted to get on with my life.
So I did. I worked as a lab tech in a few different companies in the New England area. I joined an Alexandrian Witchcraft coven and earned my Second Degree in that tradition. I then moved to Rhode Island (which was initially a Really Bad Idea), then proceeded to get fired from my job in 2004. (Long story– TL;DR: Wiccan Coven Leader Gone Bad)
I was pretty much done with the East Coast by then, and a good friend of mine encouraged me to move to the San Francisco Bay Area. He came out in the beginning of January 2005, and drove cross-country with me, lesbian style, to Oakland, CA. (And by lesbian style, I mean I had a U-Haul trailer with all my stuff, and I was moving in with said friend as a roommate. The roommate part was true, since my friend is a VERY gay man.)
A lot of stuff I did before I met my wife in 2009 is probably best left to my tell all memoir (which I probably won’t write). Let’s just say, I was a queer, kinky, chick in California. After several rounds of the Lesbian Mating Dance, I got married to The Awesome Wife in 2010, who is a for-reals rocket scientist (and now you know where I get my space information from!).
In 2011, I realized that I was kind of done with biotech. I mean, I was a pretty good lab tech, but I felt I would be a much better priest. So I quit my job and went into seminary at Pacific School of Religion and got a Masters of Divinity. Sounds a little crazy, but it was an intense and awesome 3 years. And yes, I’m ordained, twice over: I’m an ordained priest in my Wiccan tradition, and an ordained Christian Pastor through the Progressive Christian Alliance. Feel free to ask me about it if you’re curious.
Since graduating with my Masters, I’ve done a number of things: I did a podcast for a while. Started in person and online churches for a while. Then the Wife and I moved to Chicago for a forgettable year before we moved to Switzerland.
Moving to Switzerland was a dream come true, since I’ve always wanted to live in Europe (even if the one of the biggest reasons for leaving was because there was a batshit orange turd in the White House, whose party had decided to erase transgender people, like My Wife).
Then COVID hit (Are you vaccinated yet?) and I realized that the biggest thing I ever really wanted to do was write. I was inspired, at first, to write some fan fiction. I wrote a bit of this Deep Space 9 short, but when the Wife read it she said, “You know, that would make an interesting original story.”
She was right, and that’s how I started writing Unity. At first I started writing it because I wanted to see if I could actually do it. I soon realized, however, that I was really writing for my trans wife and my queer and trans friends. I wanted to write the scifi that they should have all had growing up. Now I’m 4 novels in, and looking to release them in 2022.
I also finally (after 5 years sigh) finished a spiritual novella called The Four Keys, which is available through Amazon. I may like my scifi, but the priest in me couldn’t resist writing a spiritual work!
I do other things, too. I like fountain pens and writing snail mail letters. I’m a fiber artist and spin my own yarn and weave. I like to do open water swimming when I can, and travel when there isn’t a pandemic. I’m also a home cook and baker. I have lots of tech gadgets, paper notebooks, gel nail polish, and cookware.
Babylon 5, Star Wars, and Star Trek are my major fandoms and influences, but there are so many that I absolutely love. Except one. That fandom is now dead to me. (For obvious reasons.)
And lastly, I’m bald. I’ve shaved my head off and on since my 20’s, and in the last year or two, I’ve decided to just leave it that way. Now, though, I have an electric shaver (gadget geek, right?), which makes me insanely happy.
Dr. Julian Bashir : You know, I still have a lot of questions to ask you about your past.
Elim Garak : I have given you all the answers I’m capable of.
Dr. Julian Bashir : You’ve given me answers all right; but they were all different. What I want to know is, out of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren’t?
Elim Garak : My dear Doctor, they’re all true.
Dr. Julian Bashir : Even the lies?
Elim Garak : Especially the lies.
From Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Season 2, Episode 22 “The Wire”