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Charles Coleman Finlay worked for John Galipault at the Aviation
Safety Institute (a forerunner of Europe's Eucare
safety project), briefly served as a studio assistant for porcelain artist Curtis
Benzle, and studied Constitutional history with Saul Cornell,
helping to research The Other Founders, which won the
of the Cincinnati Prize for history. All of which looks much
more interesting in retrospect than it did at the time.
He might have learned something about following one's passions
from the first job, about artistic integrity from the second,
and about disciplined writing from the third. Or he might not
have. It's still an open question.
Currently, he serves as Administrator for the Online
Writing Workshop for SF/F and writes short stories for magazines
like F&SF. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA, where
he does little of interest and looks forward to more retrospect.