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CollectionsYour library (143), Currently reading (6), Favorites (1), All collections (143)

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Tagsliterary fiction (2), family saga (2), Upstate New York (1), murder (1), Gothic (1), artist (1), autism (1), love story (1), art history (1), historical (1) — see all tags

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About meI'm an artist, a writer, and I live in an old farmhouse on top of a windswept hill in Upstate New York with my Fred, our son, five cats, and sadly, our one dog named Max passed away on December 16, 2013. I adopted a wee mini-donkey named Elizabeth and two wee pygmy goats (who are her "family") Pebbles and Tessa...I must say, that wee donkey is the sweetest little creature, and a spot of sunshine in my life. Any equine critter is a lot of work, but the work makes having her worth it.

I am an independently published author with two literary fiction novels, "Dusty Waters, A Ghost Story" (Field Stone Press, 2009), which is a ghost story about life and "The Fractured Hues of White Light" (Field Stone Press, 2010), which is about an autistic artist, both are available in paperback, NOOK and Kindle. I am currently working on the final touches to my third novel "Drinking From the Fishbowl", which is a book about dreams and realities.

I am also an artist, painting and drawing abstractions of color, shapes and textures. I have been actively participating in the Sketchbook Project through the Brooklyn Art Library.

I am also re-examining my love for photography creating a digital sketchbook from my acre of the world.

I work full-time at Syracuse University where I am the Registrar of the university art collection.

(Okay, so what don't I do, right?)

I read A LOT...mostly classics and contemporary literary fiction, and I'm a sucker for a good comic book from the Marvel Universe...tho' I do like Batman from DC.

I've pretty much given up on television (except for PBS) as my favorite shows tend to get canceled (I'm a fan of Twin Peaks and Firefly.)

In 2007, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which can be a royal pain...uh huh...but I believe that having a creative mind is what helps me cope with this miserable illness that has the potential to be debilitating. The way I see it, it's not going to kill me, so I keep going forward.

About my libraryI read a healthy mix of classic literature and contemporary fiction.

GroupsArt is Life, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Fans of Joyce Carol Oates, Le Salon du peuple pour le peuple, Literary Snobs, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsJoyce Carol Oates (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://upstategirl-laurajwryan.blogspot.com/

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Real nameLaura J. Wellner

LocationLaFayette New York

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Member sinceJul 6, 2009

Currently readingBellefleur (1st Edition) by Joyce Carol Oates
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
DaDaDa by Catherine Daly
Freedom: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) by Jonathan Franzen
Scented Gardens for the Blind by Janet Frame
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