About me

A lot of people ask me how to pronounce my name. Like this: see-OWN ASH-lemon.

When I first started my business and began working on this site, several people encouraged me to come up with an elevator speech. A quick way to explain who I am and what I do. The advice was well-intentioned and is practical from a marketing perspective, but I can't help feeling that the complexity of a human being and the enormity of one’s dreams cannot and should not be summed up in 30 seconds or less. You and I and Walt Whitman: we contain multitudes.

My former library/dining room.
Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine, which is why I majored in English. Twice.

Actually, that's not entirely true. The real reason I became an English major was because I had planned to major in foreign languages and then found out that once you get through the language classes you just have to read a bunch of literature in other languages. I figured that if I was just going to read books anyway I might as well do it in English. In retrospect, that decision makes a little less sense to me than it seemed to at the time.

My favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy, supernatural young adult fiction, and historical romance. Some favorite authors (which do not necessarily correspond to the genres): Jane Austen, David Sedaris, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Mark Twain, Andrea Barrett, Oscar Wilde, L. J. Smith, Christopher Pike.

Speaking of Christopher Pike.  Once, when I was in high school, I was reading Season of Passage, one of his adult science fiction horror novels, late on a school night. I was in the middle of a really tense scene and read the words, "And then the lights went out." As soon as I read it, we had a neighborhood-wide blackout, and the lights went out in my room. I was so scared I couldn't even scream.

Plaza de EspaƱa, Madrid.
I love traveling and learning foreign languages. Before I die, I want to be able to speak seven languages fluently, and I want to have spent several months each in countries where those languages are spoken. In addition to American English (yes, that counts), I speak Spanish fluently and French well enough to get along in French-speaking places. In August 2014 I took an intensive German-language course in Vienna, which was fun and helpful, though I promptly forgot most of what I learned when I returned to the States. I also know a few words and phrases in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Romanian, British English, and Arabic.

Milton is incredi-cute.
I really like having goals. For most of my 20s, I had three goals: to get a career-type job, to buy a house, and to get a dog. I achieved all three the year I turned 30. Of the three, the only one I still have is my dog, Milton. I super big-heart Milton.

The year I turned 33 - I call this the Jesus Year - I decided I was going to find my calling in life and take some substantial steps down that path. So I started Sione Aeschliman, LLC, self-published my first novella and quit my job to freelance full-time.

Now I write creative nonfiction, short speculative fiction and poetry and experience massive amounts of satisfaction in helping other writers accomplish their writing goals.