mystics and madmen

A. A. McNamara
Interests: (49)
academia, allergies, archives, billy collins, bordertown, bubbles, chaos theory, dapper, diana wynne jones, e. e. cummings, fantasy, fencing, food allergies, german, good pens, greek, ib, ideomancer, interstitial fiction, jorge luis borges, kelly link, libraries, magical realism, mathematics, mythic fiction, nanowrimo, nice coats, oatmeal raisin cookies, odyssey, physics jokes, pocketwatches, quantum mechanics, queer, rare books, readercon, reading everything, samuel r. delany, special collections, speculative fiction, sunlight, technical theatre, trains, ts eliot, unitarian universalism, urban fantasy, ursula k. le guin, william shakespeare, wiscon, writing
"Those who have no interest in communication do not become artists; they become mystics or madmen." -- W.H. Auden

I'm Alena. I write speculative fiction, mostly fantasy. I am a college graduate with a degree in Physics (and a minor in Critical Social Thought). I usually don't have very much hair.

I do have lots of food allergies. Sometimes I talk about them; I like experimenting with replacing ingredients in recipes. (Or, to be more precise, replacing recipes in recipes, because usually none of the original survives.) Try the "allergies" or "food" tags.

I attended the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in summer of 2008 and am now a member of the Codex Writers' group. Also, I went to Viable Paradise XV. I read slush for Ideomancer. You can find my work at Crossed Genres.

I live under the same username on Dreamwidth, Twitter, and Flickr; the Facebook aamcnamara, however, is not me.

I am no longer the only Alena McNamara. I find this existentially confusing.