This blog covers a lot of territory. I’ve had blogs continuously since before 2005, but I have moved, reset, deleted, and renamed them many times. I still get emails asking where posts have gone. I’m delighted if you enjoyed something enough to come looking for it again. And I’m sorry that it’s been deleted. This blog has been active since late 2019 when I closed my business, merged all my blogs into this one, and moved all my domains to a new host.
I’ve been drawing since I was 5 and writing stories since I was 12. Publishing was never my dream. A life of adventure was, and fiction was one way to do that. So I put form to my fantasies.
But I didn’t stop there.
My Life So far
I learned to scuba dive, failed wonderfully at snowboarding, tore my ACL kickboxing, was once a ranked racquetball competitor, gained 100 pounds, lost 100 pounds, married a man, married a woman, married a man, became a certified personal trainer, met a ghost, owned rabbits, birds, gerbils, and dogs, competed on bowling and softball teams, learned ancient Greek, had children, led a Catholic ministry, homeschooled my kids, taught chess, and tutored algebra and geometry.
I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in classical studies, did some graduate work in Greek, started a second degree in computer engineering, interned as assistant editor on Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. I’ve been certified as an ACE Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and substitute teacher for grades K-12. I’m a member of Mensa, my Myers-Briggs is ENFP, and my favorite books are histories of late antiquity. My favorite color is orange and my True Color is also orange. And, uh, Ravenclaw.
I own every episode of every Scooby Doo and Star Trek series, supervised hundreds of kids at recess, completed 3 World Beer Tours at Old Chicago, studied astrology since 1979, and attended a community college, a private liberal arts college, an Ivy League university, and a state university.
I’ve made an income as a graphic designer, weekend supervisor, advertisement designer, illustrator, layout artist, program assistant (2 times), screen print artist, hardware store clerk, web programmer (3 times), database developer (4 times), personal trainer, special education paraeducator (2 times), math tutor, accountant’s assistant, astrologer, recess supervisor, micropublisher, weekend donut-maker, and novel and short story author. I owned my own fitness studio for seven years.
Currently, I’m writing and illustrating the next book of the Darklaw Saga, publishing Stilicho’s Son, and writing a memoir. I walk with the Dao, am married to a man, date women, follow a carnivore diet, take piano lessons, work in a high school, spend as much time with my kids as they allow, and attend CrossFit 4-5 times a week.
Teresa is drawn to powerful scenes of raw emotion and vignettes laced together with plots as old as the world — ambition, lust, revenge. Everyone is guilty of something. Even the heroes. Ultimately, her interest as an author is to put flesh on the spirit. Questions about love, truth, and healing always follow.
Wuwei, Wuzhi, Wuyu