Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs is a fairly frequently updated blog about dinosaurs. It's been going since the summer of 2009, including regular features like Vintage Dinosaur Art, sharing visions of the Mesozoic by paleoart icons as well as jobbing illustrators working on obscure books, and frequent roundups of dinosaur news and blogosphere action called Mesozoic Miscellany.
I started LITC after months of dabbling in writing about dinosaurs on a more generalist blog. It was a good idea! I've loved dinosaurs, paleontology, and natural history in general since I was a kid, always fascinated by the history of the rock under my feet and what tales it told of lost worlds. The most rewarding part of writing this blog has been how much I've learned, both from actively researching for posts as well as being immersed in the on-line community of paleontology experts and enthusiasts. Right now, I'm pursuing an MFA in graphic design at Indiana University, and I hope to eventually devote a good chunk of my time to designing for science communication. Whenever I do any saurian-centric design or illustration work, I like sharing it here. Because of my new studies, LITC underwent some rapid evolution in 2011. I brought Marc Vincent on as a contributing writer, having been duly impressed by his guest posts here as well as his reviews at the Dinosaur Toy Blog. Then 2012 and teaching happened, and I pulled Asher Elbein into the mix.
Other than that? I'm married to a super-fantastic lady named Jennie, have two bratty dogs. I actively take on design commissions, too, so don't be shy! My design portfolio is the place to check out my work, though I also share my work as well as works-in-progress at Flickr. I also sell paleo-related designs at my Redbubble store. My favorite dinosaur as of January 2012 is Diabloceratops.
As a child, I was fascinated by dinosaurs. Then I grew up. Then I grew a little back down again, and here we are. Contrary to popular opinion, there is more to me than simply being an unfortunate twenty-something dinosaur geek (in spite of the impression given by my online persona) – I'm also a recent university graduate, a fan of beer, exploratory days out and a bit of a no-good pacifistic atheist slacker type. When it comes to dinosaurs, my favourite is the rather predictable and standard Tyrannosaurus rex, although out of those extant it is the stunningly attractive European magpie, Pica pica. As a troll correctly pointed out, all this prehistory business is something I never expect to make money from – it's all about the sheer love of knowledge. And scaly and feathery things with big teeth. If I'm ever a little bit savage in my writing then I apologise – the bitterness stems from living in a weirdo island kingdom with terrible weather. At least LITC now has a little transatlantic flavour (with a 'U').
I’ve been writing and illustrating dinosaurs in one capacity or another for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had an abiding interest in the strange, the fantastic, and the prehistoric, and the ways in which folklore, pop culture, and science interact. Currently I’m a student at the University of Alabama, working on a degree in Creative Writing and Natural History. There tend to be various illustration and writing projects burying me at any given time, and my work’s been published in both short fiction venues like Bards and Sages and the venerable Prehistoric Times. In my non-working life, I wander through ruined buildings, consume trashy cinema, and sketch strange creatures. My favorite extinct dinosaur is the elegant Allosaurus atrox, and my favorite extant dinosaur is the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (if you’ve ever met one, you’ll understand why.)
If you’re so inclined, you can see my art at Ashere.deviantart.com or contact me at aelbein (at symbol) gmail (dot) com.