I’m a writer who is neither rich nor famous, barred from a successful career both by circumstances and by some wrong turns of my own.
I am trying to write my way out of bitterness, anger, and grinding frustration, mainly at things I can do nothing about. Art is about turning the grit in your soul into pearls. You’d think the more grit, the more pearls. Not so. Somewhere in the past two years my grit-to-nacre balance got overloaded on the grit side. When you let that happen your Muse takes a long vacation.
My undergraduate degrees are in English Literature and Philosophy. I also hold a Master of Science in Library Science, and worked as a children’s and young adult specialist for a city library. I began studying violin at age 7 and later studied viola and piano. I have taught and performed music, written and performed in plays for local theater, and recently retired from twelve years as a medical language specialist. In 2009 I began studying guitar.
The header quotation about Iolanthe living among the frogs is from Act One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, or, The Peer and the Peri (first produced November 25, 1882, in London). The lovely Arcadian landscape shows a stone bridge over the Spree River in the Park Branitz near the Germany/Poland border. It was taken by an excellent (and most generous) photographer whose work can be enjoyed here: http://www.sxc.hu/gallery/eschu1952
In addition to G&S I have a lifelong passion for The Lord of the Rings and everything Tolkien. I like Jane Austen too, and Diana Wynne Jones, of course, along with Robert Silverberg, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and many others. I have two cats. I also collect frogs. And here I sit, among them.