I've been working on a novel for several years (Chertima) and much of the content is about what makes up our identity. I've moved it off Earth and set it in a fantasy world. I will be working with body identity, mind identity, religious identity and social identity. Moving it to crystalline beings made it much easier to create a body identity system with more modular options. I'm afraid I can't solve human immortality. It's not that kinda book. With my last book 'The Hockenfur Tangent' I set identity up to be a deeply subjective thing, which I find to be true with very persuasive and charming people. I have much more solid template for identity in my new protagonists, but where Leah and Jareth in 'The Hockenfur Tangent' had New York City to use as a setting, my new guys need a whole world built around them. I'm attempting to take my time, make each word count. I want to create beautiful and horrible things that make a good story. That's a lot of blank canvas. I'm grateful for the ability to spend a lot of time on conjured details, which is a practice that in many ways translates into my reality. As I create finely-crafted metaphors and private jokes, tropes and systems, I become inspired to do the same for myself. Small things become translated into reality - I'm focused more on hand-crafted, meaningful and beautiful things in my own life as a result.

Updated: Feb 9, 2021


I'm hoping the book 'The Hockenfur Tangent' finds its way into the hands and hearts of people who appreciate a challenge. I've described it as an obstacle course in a haunted house. I am an avid reader who has never read a book like it. After the first chapter, discussing the book becomes about discussing spoilers so I can't really say what it's about. I tried to create medical and psychological circumstances that create a deeply problematic but intimate reality for two people. The story is told from the perspective of only one of those people. Depending on the interpretation of the reader, the questions and perspectives created can be sacred or profane. I was delighted and horrified while writing this book. I'm hoping the result is the same in a reader who enjoys the experience of not knowing what's around the next turn of thought.