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About Tess of Midnight Muse

Background & Education
"Genius is childhood recaptured at will." (Baudelaire)

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio (Mt. Carmel/Eastgate area)
High School: Glen Este (Clermont County), class of 1988
College: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), class of 1992
Degree: B.A. in Religion and English Literature

Religious Inclinations
"Great God! I'd rather be a Pagan...."
Greco-eclectic polyagnostic panentheist rational/ecstatic chthonic Pagan & aspiring maenad. (What?)

Deity-forms of particular importance to me include Demeter, Persephone, Dionysos, Ariadne, Gaia, Hecate, the Green Man, John Barleycorn, Aphrodite, and St. Francis.

Literature, Art, Music, Films

Five Beloved Books, age 10:
The Last Unicorn (Peter S. Beagle)
Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George)
The Secret Garden (Francis Hodgson Burnett)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery)

Five Beloved Books, age 15:
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Prince Ombra (Roderick MacLeish)
Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)

Five Beloved Books, age 20:
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Catmagic (Whitley Strieber)
Fire From Heaven (Mary Renault)
Reinventing Eve (Kim Chernin)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

Five Beloved Books, age 25:
The King Must Die (Mary Renault)
Harvest Home (Thomas Tryon)
Lake Wobegon Days (Garrison Keillor)
Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)
The Greek Myths (Robert Graves)

Five Beloved Books, age 30:
Pagan Grace (Ginette Paris)
The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter)
Zorba the Greek (Nikos Kazantzakis)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
J.W. Waterhouse (Anthony Hobson)

Five Beloved Books, age 35:
I'd better update this.

Five Beloved Books, age 40:

Favorite Painters:

Sulamith Wulfing, Herbert James Draper, William Adolphe Bouguereau, John William Waterhouse, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Robert Hughes, Hon. John Collier, John William Godward, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Evelyn de Morgan, Edouard Bisson,

Works of art on the walls of my home:
Love Among the Ruins (Sir Edward Burne-Jones)
Autumn 1910 (John William Godward)
The Shrine (John William Waterhouse)
The Love Potion (Evelyn De Morgan)
Dreaming At The Windowsill (August Siegert)
Dolce Far Niente (John William Godward)
L'Autumne (Henri Lafosse)
Falling Leaf (Sulamith Wulfing)
Woman of the Sidhe (Helena Nelson-Reed)

Favorite Music:
Steeleye Span, Owain Phyfe, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Duran Duran, Vivaldi, Handel, Grieg, G. Gershwin, Dead Can Dance, Portishead, Alanis Morissette

Favorite Films of All Time (listed in release date order):
Gone With the Wind, West Side Story, Brother Sun Sister Moon, The Wicker Man, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Shining, Dragonslayer, Amadeus, The Company of Wolves, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Bull Durham, sex lies & videotape, Benny & Joon, Interview With the Vampire, Gladiator, The Fellowship of the Ring, Mulholland Drive, Donnie Darko

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going

Overseas places visited: Greece, Austria, Germany, Caribbean

Farthest north visited: tip of James Bay, Ontario, Canada (Moosonee)
Farthest east: the island of Santorini (Fira) in the Aegean Sea (Greece)
Farthest south: St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Farthest west: Houston, TX (thanks Gretchyn!)

Places I'd especially like to see:
New Orleans, Bali, Macedonia, England, California, Russia, Roumania, Spain