Coming in 2020
A memoir of the "Pluscarden 1230 Pilgrimage," undertaken in 2017, from l'Abbaye du Val-des-Choues in Burgundy to Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland.
A satire. Plato's Republic meets Orwell's Animal Farm.
Coming in 2021
A satire. Medieval art historian fights Neo-Nazis.
Memoir / Blog
Do I dare write a novel with a POC as protagonist?10/21/2019
Given the events of the past year, most of my detractors would say "don't even try," while most of my fans would say "why step in front of that moving train?"
But the piece I'm working on requires a Black medievalist to lead the action. I've benefited greatly from an amazing site called Writing with Color, that gives great advice for avoiding some of the most obvious tropes and stereotypes. That said, I'm posting this excerpt, very early in the process, to see if it rings true. I invite readers from all backgrounds to comment honestly (and I hope constructively) to tell me how it reads.
The piece opens with a grad student in a library study carrel. She's just figuring out that she is in the wrong carrel, and doesn't yet realize that she'll be sharing the space with another grad student.