Try as I might, I can find nothing wrong with a little family writerly pride. The links below will take you to the websites of two other writers in my family, plus one for the out-of-the-box mechanical engineer patriarch of the fam and a very popular educational gaming website for kids hatched by another family engineer.
Daughter Jan Ellison's short stories have appeared in the New England Review, The Hudson Review and Gulf Coast Magazine. Her first published story won a 2007 O. Henry Prize. Her essays have appeared in such venues as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Jan's first novel, A Small Indiscretion was published by Random House in January 2015 and has been earning fans and accolades by the truckload. I particularly like this review in the New York Journal of Books: “To read A Small Indiscretion is to eat fudge before dinner: slightly decadent behavior, highly caloric, and extremely satisfying. An emotional detective story that…mirrors real life in ways that surprise and inspire.”
Brother Scott Ellison's character Thodkin Marblemeister is one of history's most enduring souls and Thodkin's Spear, the first book in the Force Bottle Journals, is easily one of the most thought-provoking pieces of imaginative fiction ever keystroked. A novel that leads off with a conversation between a 10,000 year old man and the Author of the Universe, it's deliciously eloquent, irreverent, humorous, inventive, subtle and wise; it’s also so original that Originality herself will want to sign up for night classes with the author. Check it out here.
Mysterelly's Miniature Motors is a showcase for my late father's collection of designed-and-built-from-scratch marvels of mechanical minuscularity. It's one answer to the question of what a guy with the nickname Mysterelly can do during an extended retirement without ever playing golf.
In 2005 son-in-law David Baszucki and the late Eric Cassell launched ROBLOX, an online virtual playground and workshop where kids of all ages can safely interact, create, have fun, and learn. It has grown into a vast and diverse community of kids who learn "by engaging in the creative and complex process of imagining, designing, and constructing." Pretty amazing, actually.
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