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Terry Howard

I have in my life been paid for working as, in or at: lawn care, onion topping, haying, fruit picking, general farm labor, fast food, retail, truck driver, construction, gear stacker, stock puller, truck loader, ice house production, auto body/paint shop, janitorial, tutoring, printer’s assistant, stage actor, plastic extrusion, sculptor, teacher, bus driver, direct sales, title examiner, interior decorating, route delivery, waiter, deck hand, marine engineer, reftan/dairy hand, aluminum extrusion and stamping, kosher chef, ren-fair manager, general contractor, landlord, several other things that I do not care to mention and, now, for writing.

I was born in Michigan City Indiana, where my father worked as a machinist while pastoring a General Baptist Church, which makes me a Hoosier, but in my family a Hoosier is an Ozarky who didn’t make it to Detroit. It has been said, and I attest to the truth, that the Celts are alive and living in the Ozarks under assumed names.

I have lived in nine states and abroad. After dropping out of high school to go to college I have studied formally in two colleges, one university, and one graduate school. I have learned much more from studying informally in other settings. My wife, Lauri, and I currently live in California.

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Hair Club 250

Hair Club 250

Early Fall 1635   “Ken, when are you going to put up a new sign?” Kim Beasley asked her husband. “I ain’t,” he said, reaching across the breakfast table for the butter. “That sign’s been there all these years. It does a...
Customs

Customs

St. Pietersberg, Netherlands Midsummer’s Eve, 1636 The road into Maastricht wound along between the river and the foot of the steep-sided hill. Joris de Groon was perfectly content to trail along at the end of the party—the half-dozen men weren’t raising...
The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

The Mountain Top Baptist Bible Institute August, 1636 One sunny afternoon in the front parlor . . . Nora MacDermott found herself brought up short, wrestling with two variant texts of the same scripture passage, texts she would never have even imagined had her...
What Price For a Miracle?

What Price For a Miracle?

Augsburg, an Imperial City in the USE December 1634   “Horatio Alger Burston! Why is this piece of junk cluttering up our eingang?!” This gale force greeting assaulted H.A. Burston’s ears as he walked through the front door of his home at five minutes...
Making an Impression

Making an Impression

Mountain Top Baptist Bible Institute West Virginia County Early summer, 1636   John Stewart rolled over again. The moonlight on the wall was in a different place from where it had been the last time he looked. He growled to himself, keeping it under his breath. Plain...
The Kymi Orphans

The Kymi Orphans

Kymi Mills, Finland   “Sanna, the countess wants you at the clinic,” the line foreman said as he approached her station on the bag line between the two ovens used for drying the glue on the paper bags. “Tiia? Did I hear you right?” Sanna asked,...
Buy the Grammar

Buy the Grammar

Grantville, 1636   “Noble’s Book Barn.” Adelbert turned to his wife, Anna Margaret Herman. “What a strange name. Do they mean to suggest that a noble has so many books he needs a barn to hold them? Or that he is actually engaged in the...
No, John, No!

No, John, No!

The Mountain Top Baptist Bible Institute West Virginia County Early summer, 1636 Martha Button woke up alone in a strange bed. A strange bed, in itself, was no novelty by now. There had been one strange bed after another since the family’s desperate flight from...
The Djinn are Lazy

The Djinn are Lazy

August 1635   “Uncle, I have just been made the strangest offer of my short life. I think it will still be the strangest offer of my life when my old gray head finds its grave.” Diego Nasi looked up from his cup of thick, sweet, Turkish-style coffee....