I am a lover of creativity in all its forms. I write fantasy fiction; my first novel, The Shadow of the Sun, will be published in the spring of 2011. As the publisher of Mercury Retrograde Press, I edit for and coach writers of SFF and interstitial works and mastermind the miraculous process of transforming stories into books and sharing those books with the world. For a while I was one of the partners in Be Mused Author Services, which provided coaching and editing services for writers and design services for small press publishers. I’m fascinated by social media and spend too much time on Facebook, am still trying to figure out how to corral the wondrous possibilities of Twitter into something manageable, and try to remember not to neglect my Myspace presence. Like most creative people, I have far more ideas than I have time to execute them properly, and my attempts to do everything at once lead to my dropping the ball on mundane details unless I’m careful; so I am also vitally interested in productivity and organization. Ironically, trying to improve my productivity and organization tend to lead to even more open tabs in Firefox and deeper heaps of incomplete tasks on my desks. I need support staff.
I am very happily married to my college sweetheart and grateful on a daily basis that the art he loves to do, which is in computer architecture, pays the bills so I can devote myself to the sort of creativity that is less reliably profitable. Our kids are not really kids anymore, and our family life is my anchor in reality and one of my greatest intellectual pleasures.
And I have cats: Fergus and Niall, who were born on St. Patrick’s Day in 2006. They boss me around. People (notably other members of the household) tell me they are spoiled. I think they’re just jealous.