Creative Commoners is an exploration for everyday people trying to maintain creative pursuits amid the demands of home, work, and family.
Chris Armstrong is a master wordsmith and the mind behind webcomic Detective Agency. Corey Bishop is a budding game developer, tabletop gamer, and short story author. Allison M. Dickson is a speculative fiction author with several published stories and many more on the way.
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Allison M. Dickson lives in southwest Ohio and has been writing since she could hold pencil to paper. It’s only in recent years that she started treating the craft as a career. After earning a few small publishing credits, she started selling her stories online, where she gained a decent following with such dark tales as “Dust” and “Vermin.” She soon caught the attention of author and visionary Vincent Hobbes, and her relationship with Hobbes End Publishing solidified with her two contributions to the second volume of The Endlands anthology, and finally with their acceptance of her upcoming science-fiction novel The Last Supper and her psychological thriller Strings.
Her other obsessions include food, gaming, movies, cracking bad jokes with her family over dinner, taking pictures of her giant cat, and harboring secret fantasies of being a Bond girl/sword-wielding martial arts master.
Corey Bishop is a fledgling writer. He is fairly early in his writing career with a few Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories under his belt. His first published short story appears in the pulp magazine Tales of High Adventure. Recently, he has started to learn how to develop video games for mobile devices and the web (like he doesn’t already have enough to do).
Corey lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two girls. He is a software engineer by day and a vigilante crime-fighter by night. He enjoys tabletop gaming and writes about them as well as game development on his blog. Creative Commoners cannot vouch for the complete accuracy of this bio.
Chris Armstrong is often found being dragged around by his creative whims. He’s dabbled in writing, painting, music, blogging, video editing, drawing, graphic design, and esoteric interpretive ice skating (nope, that’s not true).
In late 2010, he made a radical decision to start a webcomic called Detective Agency, his first true attempt at cartooning. The webcomic mysteriously stopped updating in March 2012. Chris also likes doodling in birthday cards, capturing interesting words and turns of phrase, and attempting to laugh as much as possible.
Chris live in Urbana, Illinois, where he helps the children as a university administrator, advisor, and instructor. His favorite video game of all time is Earthbound (Super Nintendo), and for the last time, you can’t borrow it, okay!?