Joseph D. Stirling (1978-current) was born in Elmira, New York. For many years as a child, he lived in a log cabin in upstate New York with a pet raccoon, a pet porcupine, and a blue-tick hound. Now a fully grown and beardy adult, he finds himself with a fondness for stringing together various combinations of the twenty-six letters in the English alphabet. Joseph is also an outdoorsman, a woodworker, a leather crafter, and an incurable coffee addict. He currently resides in Escondido, California.