Traveler from post-outbreak Poland moving east wards into Russia.
Computer Programmer and Weapon Enthusiast.
Life has been pretty quiet for me since Poland. As it turns out, more than anything else, my experience with Peas and Corn, editing the works of Whistler in Warsaw, Biff Randolph, and E. Timothy Carroll (among others) prepared me well for post-Peace Corps life. I found a job working as an acquisitions editor for a publisher, specializing in supernatural and animal-related works. The book industry is not what used to be, but I still was able to help a few good projects through the system. In the mid-90s, I guided Jo Rowling through a revision of her manuscript about a young former haunted house door man, Scary Porter, and his friends as they made their way through a demanding school for veterinary dermatology call Hogs’ Warts. I really only made some suggestions about names and setting. She ended up writing a few sequels that did OK. Fiction for youngsters was really growing and so another book that came over my transom that got some press was about a love triangle in the crepuscular self-bedazzling movement of the mid-aughts called Sparkling in the Evening. At that point, it had neither animals nor a supernatural angle, so I suggested Stephanie add a swan and maybe some wolves and simplify the title. Another editor suggested vampires, but it seemed to me that vein had been thoroughly drained. No one listened to me on that one and they eventually gave it to the other editor. I don’t think it went anywhere. My last project was a volume of equine food porn called Fifty Grades of Hay. Though it was not her intent, I suggested that Erika give up on the horsey angle and focus on the hunky main human angle. Last I heard, she was working on a movie script.