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Please Excuse the Absence!

UPDATE 12/15/2017 – Still sick, guys. The cold has gotten worse and added an inner ear infection to boot. I have a new post planned and will have it up as soon as I can!

I promised in my first post that I’d write at least once a week.  Unfortunately, I’ve had a bit of a forced absence this week in the form of a rather nasty cold.  I will have a new post up in the next few days!

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About Tara

What to say about myself… Well, I’m a writer in the southwestern portion of the United States, sharing my home with three dogs.  I work both as a federal park ranger and as a freelance fiction editor.

I’m fascinated by the mythology of ancient peoples and with storytelling in general and have loved writing since I was a child. As a result, I obtained a degree in Southwestern Archaeology. My first excavation was in New Mexico on a site that had been occupied from the Late Archaic (around 500 BC) to the Formative (AD 1100).  I am now finishing a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

How does archaeology and story telling fit together? Well, I grew up with a mother who loved antiques and old cemeteries. Every time she’d get a new object, she’d sit and make up stories about what the person who first owned it must have been like. Or she’d lead us through graveyards, searching out the oldest headstones just to ponder who they were and how they lived. So, I inherited both a love of old things and the stories they tell us about people from her. And as humans, whether we realize it or not, we attach meaning to objects and places. Sometimes, we assign them power because of an event or person associated with them. And that’s really what archaeology is all about — discovering the stories that the objects and places we leave behind tell.

When it comes to both writing and my reading preferences, my genres are Epic Fantasy and Horror, and I often write stories that are a blend of the two. I’m currently working on building a fantasy world tin which my novels and all of my stories are set.  The short stories and novellas you’ll find here are part of Verdin’s mythology and history.

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Revamping Raven’s Deep

09 March 2018

Hello everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!  Just wanted to let you know that I’m in the process of revamping the website.  You’ll notice my newly-minted blog (November 2017) will appear to not have been updated since Christmas as the last several posts have been removed in order for me to rework them.  The thing is that I realized that all of my needs as an author weren’t being entirely met with my current set-up.

Originally, when I first conceived of Raven’s Deep over a year ago, it was as a place to share the lore of Verdin that I wouldn’t be able to include in books or short stories—things like background information on the world, its religions and politics, the creation of the multiverse, and more—as well as a few short stories as they are published here and there.  That is still going to happen.

The blog, though, was a new addition and as much as I love doing it, I don’t know that I thought the content plan through as well as I should have. So Im going to pause for a bit and do that now.

In addition, as I move forward as a writer, I feel that I need to rethink my presentation to make this more of an author’s website and broaden my focus just a wee bit. With the current set-up, I’m heavy on one side, light on the other.  It’s incredibly unbalanced.

As I re-work my content, please bear with me.  It may look as though the place has stalled entirely for a bit while I redo my content strategy and refresh the appearance.

Again, welcome to Raven’s Deep.

I’ll be back soon!

Tara