Hi, my name is Nova and I’m a writer, a reader, a history nerd, and an epiphany junkie. You might say I have a lot of interests. I write fiction in many genres and nonfiction on many topics. I tried reining myself in, but that just led to a couple of years worth of writer’s block, so here I am writing whatever I feel like writing and branding be damned…
This blog is where I collect my thoughts on the wide variety of topics that interest me, including but not limited to–science, society, history, writing, reading, mythology, parenting, food, travel, and what it means to live a good life.
I have two undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University, a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Biological Studies. I’ve had a plethora of non-writing jobs–insurance sales, Taco Bell cashier, pharmacy technician, chef, Mary Kay lady, microchip fabrication, medical records, and nurse’s aide to name a few. I got a crazy bug a few years ago and started a catering business. It was really fun but also really exhausting. In 2014 I gave it up to write full-time and haven’t looked back.
I’ve spent most of my life as a nomad, living all over the country and the world in places as varied as New Mexico, Northern California, Ireland, Oregon, Boston, Arizona, Texas and Taiwan. Luckily I finally found a place to call home–Austin, Texas–where I live with my very patient husband Dan, our little boy Connor, and our border collie Pepper Potts.
I think we have a lot to learn from people who came before us, which is why I love quotes and feature a new one on the site every week. You can find the backlog here.
Here are my three favorite quotes at the moment.
- “Fear is the mind killer” – Frank Herbert, Dune
- “Chance favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur
- “Yell. Jump. Play. Out-run those sons-of-bitches. They’ll neverlive the way you live. Go do” – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing