Writing History, Real and Imagined

Over 20 years of writing experience has covered everything from my academic
background in history and religion to the fantastical writing of roleplaying games.

 

Alternative Religions @About.com

(2008 – 2013)

Over five years I generated hundreds of articles concerning non-mainstream religions, the vast majority of which covered New Religious Movements: faiths originating in the 19th or 20th centuries.  I regularly tackled controversial beliefs such as Scientology and Satanism, separating fact from fiction to provide well-researched and unbiased views of these faiths.

History, Interrupted

(2013-present)

History, Interrupted is my personal blog, embracing a variety of different topics.  Its primary focus is history, particularly the odder sides of it and popular misconceptions of history.  This includes movies and television when they intersect with history. Doctor Who is a regular topic.

Study.com

(2014-present)

Study.com provides a wide variety of educational materials to help students improve their grades, prepare for exams and generally become more engaged with their classes.  I’ve produced dozens of articles on the history of Western Civilization, with an emphasis on Romanesque and Gothic Medieval art. 

Some of the material is not merely written but also animated and narrated, which involves writing scripts for the animators and recording my own readings of the text.

Wicca for the Rest of Us

(2001-present)

Originally created as a personal response to experiences within the neopagan community.  It was revamped into an entirely educational site, providing information  to people both inside and outside of Wicca.

Topics include the origin of various ideas, debunking of long-enduring fallacies and an introduction to basic beliefs. 

Education

MA, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2005
BA, Kalamazoo College, 1997

Thesis: Finding God in the World:  Approaches of the Renaissance Occult Philosophers to the Nature and Value of Matter – Scheduled for publication Spring/Summer 2016, Avalonia Press

University Lecturer

I’ve spent six years as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh and Lakeland College-Kellett Center, teaching:

  • Western Civilization I and II
  • Introduction to Humanities I
  • Religions of America
  • World History I

 

Historian

A year of study in Britain cemented my love of British history, particularly medieval history.  My teaching experiences, however, have encouraged me to embrace plenty of material outside of those subjects.

Imagined History

Fictional world-building is very much like writing history, requiring an understanding of people, places, events and the relationships between them.  The difference is these elements happen to be made up.  I regularly borrow themes from history as well, letting imaginary events play out roughly as similar ones did in real life.

Roleplaying Games

After more than twenty years experience with the roleplaying community, I’ve had the opportunity to work with multiple companies, creating new content for their existing worlds. 

  • Doctor Who: Aliens and Creatures, Second Edition, Cubicle 7 (forthcoming publication), Contributor
  • The Gods of the Lady’s Rock, Erisian Entertainment (forthcoming publication), Author
  • AMP: Seekers of Enlightenment, Third Eye Games (forthcoming publication), Co-author
  • Sky City of Casablanca, Pamean Games (forthcoming publication), Contributor

Magazine Publications

Not everything I write is related to history or imagined history.  I’ve had more than a dozen articles published by nationally distributed magazines such as Smart Retailer and Handmade Business.

Content Creation

I also put my research skills to work via professional blogging and website content creation. Clients give me lists of topics and I produce the desired posts in an appropriate voice.

Steampunk Apparel

Steampunk is a fusion of Victorian aesthetics and science fiction.  One of the basic components of steampunk events is costuming.  Not sure where to start?  Steaming Apparel helps generate ideas and provides resources for people not overly familiar with sewing, steampunk, or both. While the majority of this site is geared toward beginners, it also includes some more complex projects as a source for ideas.

The Promethean Society

For five years, I’ve been providing demos, lectures and events dealing with history, costuming, crafting and characterization at steampunk events, including:

  • Steampunk Symposium, 2016
  • TeslaCon, 2011-2015
  • Appleton Gear Fest, 2012-2015
  • Steamtopia, 2014
  • Up in the Aether, 2013
  • World Steam Expo, 2012

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Image credits:”Old book bindings” by Tom Murphy VIIOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.