Tell us three things about you readers wouldn’t typically know.
1. I’ve never been diagnosed, but I figure I have some kind of adult ADHD – a friend calls it ‘shiny object syndrome,’ but it’s more than that for me, more than simple distraction. I become deeply fascinated with all sorts of different subjects. I will devote hundreds of hours to various arts and crafts – inventing a dozen different styles of beaded bookmarks, (I am a bookmark Geek!) turning a tattered paper parasol into a refurbished Steampunk lace parasol, painting a whole series of watercolors inspired by mudras (reading books and doing the research to learn about the mudras), etc. The dark side of this is the hundreds of hours spent building a kingdom in Castleville, or furbishing a house in SimsSocial.
2. I love to filk. For those who think that’s a typo, it did start life that way. Filking is the folk music of the science fiction fan community. Early science fiction writers and fans started a tradition of re-writing lyrics to familiar tunes – and some original tunes. Think: Crazy Al Yankovich. The tradition continues to this day with people gathering to share their songs at each others’ houses or at science fiction conventions. I participate in a monthly gathering and in song circles at our local conventions. The songs are written by a wide range of fans and authors. Our local group still sings songs written by golden-age writers Gordy Dickson and Poul Anderson many years ago. My favorites include such titles as ‘Cats in Zero-G’ and ‘Smaug the Magic Dragon.’
3. I once illustrated a complete coloring book inspired by a made-up religion based on worship of the Goddess Eris. In the early 1980s Robert Anton Wilson and Bob Shea wrote a set of books known as ‘The Illuminati Trilogy’ inspired by all the conspiracy theory letters they encountered while working as editors at Playboy Magazine. The books include plots by the Bavarian Illuminati, space aliens, and everything else one could think of, including a cult of Eris worshippers whose goal is to balance the principles of chaos and order. The Principia Discordia sets out a philosophy supporting silly and creative disorder as a counterpoint to excessive, stifling degrees of control. My coloring book illustrates these principles and Discordian Catma such as ‘The conclusion you jump to may be your own’ and ‘Is the thought of a unicorn a real thought?’