I thought I would introduce myself before I got started
My name is Jonathan Baird. I grew up in the mountains of NC. I have been writing since I was a kid I still have some of the stuff I wrote in Elementary school. I was the editor and main writer on an underground paper in High School called the "Enquiring Hitchhiker". After High School I went to Western Carolina University and majored in Anthropology. I also attended Grad school at Western but I left before I finished. I have been working as an archaeologist for the past ten years. In that time I have had some articles published in local and state medieval reenactment publications and have had an article in an International reenactment magazine with a circulation of around 30,000. About a year and a half ago I contracted Lymes disease a tick borne illness. At the time I was one of the staff archaeologists at Ft. Stewart in Georgia. I moved back to NC to be near my family as I recovered and returned to school. I am currently working on my teaching certificate and will also be finishing my Master's degree. Currently I am working on a series of fantasy/alternate history short stories set in the South about twenty years after the Civil War.
In some ways it is like Malaria which was the late 19th and early 20th century occupational disease of Archaeologists. It comes and goes even after you think it's gone.
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Ah, malaria. Nothing like running a 106 degree fever and having a couple of your "friends" pull you into a cold water shower and hold you there while you shiver. Man was I lucky I was one of the "friends."
Welcome, JBaird. Hope you are feeling better. Too bad you can't take the Lyme's version of Primaquin and nuke all the bugs in your system. Of course, so few Americans actually go outside these days, I'm guessing there is less money spent on Lyme's research and prevention than there is on malaria, even today...