The Basics--About Me, Contact, and General Whatnot

Great things have been effected by a few men well-conducted George Rogers Clark, in regards to the Illinois Campaign of the American Revolution

If you want a happy ending, of course, that all depends on where you end the story.  Oscar Wilde

I love history--and I love recreating what I can from the past, pulling small tendrils from the tapestry of times gone by: clothing, food, little nuances of expression.  When I write, I write fiction inspired by the past or nonfiction aimed at preserving it; when I read, I gravitate towards works set in the past or nonfiction exploring the past.  And reenacting--I think I described it once as "full-contact historical fiction" and in many ways it is--a fabrication of the past, surely, but a well-researched and dedicated fabrication. 

I like the present, too, of course, and when I'm not sewing, writing, or engaged in living history with my reenacting organization, I can be found hiking, sharing a beer with a friend at our favorite Irish pub, or hosting friends at home for cookouts and cocktail parties.  I am in constant pursuit of creating my signature pie crust (latest incarnation includes butter, lard, and a side of heart disease).  I'm a little old-fashioned and quite a bit quaint--I prefer mincemeat to mousse.

General disclaimers:  If you'd like to use something from this blog, please ask first.  Of course, I can't stop you from nicking my ideas, but God, Santa, and karma are all watching. 
If I've used something of yours and haven't given proper credit, please alert me.  I promise it was not intentional, and I want to correct the error as soon as possible.

If you want to drop me a line, please feel free to email me!