Science Traveler is my author website where the focus is on, well, science traveling, including my books. Hot White Snow is my creative writing site. There the focus is on fiction, memoir, and more experimental work, as well as responses to writing prompts. I’ve recently started two new categories of posts in which I share relevant stories that may one day lead to memoirs.
There’s a Fly in My Eye: I grew up in a relatively small New England town. My Dad grew up in the even smaller adjoining town (and my Mom in another small nearby town). Over the years I’ve collected many stories of small town life: some are my Dad’s, some are my own, others come from friends and relatives, and still others are more creatively interpretations of memories. This series collects those stories. In my most recent post I explain the story behind the title: “There’s a Fly in My Eye.” Previous posts include “The Rowley Diner,” “The Trauma of First Grade,” “My Life as a Remote Control,” and others. Scrolling down this list will get you to all of them.
My Life in 50 Objects: Another new series looks at my life as reflected in objects. The title was inspired by a Smithsonian series and a related book on the Civil War by renowned Lincoln historian Harold Holzer. Objects may be physical, or sometimes not, but always serve as a reminder of some story, memory, or emotion. The first in the series is “My Life in a Brick,” which takes me back to my first job as a marine biologist and how a devastating fire changed the direction of my career. There is much more to the story than just one brick, of course, and I plan to expand on these tidbits for a larger memoir at some point…after the next several books already in my pipeline.
More stories will be added regularly to each series, so check back at least weekly. Plus, there are plenty of other stories on Hot White Snow, including other memoir, light erotica, science fiction, and even poetry. Feel free to look around, or click on the categories listed in the left margin for specific sections.
David J. Kent has been a scientist for thirty-five years, is an avid science traveler, and an independent Abraham Lincoln historian. He is the author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (now in its 5th printing) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate. His book on Thomas Edison is due in Barnes and Noble stores in spring 2016.