Growing up in a trailer park and experiencing poverty shaped my childhood. My vital force was excessive, and my need to prove myself in order to earn love, misplaced. My joys came from nurturing my sister, reading, and metaphysical inquiry. When I look back, I think I might have been the “weird” kid.
The discovery of my yonic power came almost twenty years after experiencing a full-term stillbirth. Reconnecting with my body was difficult but when I did, the journey lead me to an awakened sensibility of corporeal strength that, when married to spirit and psyche, enabled me to embrace my whole self. Selfdom is a continual discovery; it, too, is an act of creation.
The Crone is the iteration of the Triple Goddess that resonnates with me the most, and has at every stage of my life. She stands at the crossroads as mistress of sacred magick. She is connected to the moon and its esoteric nature, its rest, its mystery. She is the builder who breaks and rebuilds. She navigates an inner labyrinth and is the keeper of lost knowledge.
I wrote my first full length novel in fifth grade and began writing poetry then, as well. But I asked my mother for a journal when I was only six years old, because writing is how I process my way through life. As an adult, I publish academic essays and books, serve as peer reviewer on several journals, and write high fantasy fiction and poetry.
When I was a teenager I picked Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure up off the shelf at the local library, and I have never looked back. I flew through my schooling to achieve a Ph.D. in Victorian literature, and became an expert in global literatures and gender and sexuality studies. Teaching is a central part of my life. I enjoy helping prospective PhDs to navigate the esoteric, frail quest of doctorate-hood without losing themselves.