Richard H. Schweitzer is an aging fledgling storyteller, and a denizen of various Los Angeles-based coffee shops and tolerant restaurants. He grew up a military brat, he has long since dropped the "military." Being the son of a sailor, he grew up in various locations throughout the known accessible universe. Mostly Texas and California. His own military experience was unremarkable, though he wrote a lot of songs while he was avoiding subordination and perfecting his skills in temporal homicide. "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity..." (Thoreau). His literary interests lean toward books with words; speculative fictional science and historical fantasy.
A small, friendly dog named Snowpatch is swept to the Land of Oz by a great deluge. He is taken in and cared for by Nick Chopper and lives a peaceful, happy life in his new home until a chance rain storm causes Nick, a man made of tin, to become frozen in place, unable to move or speak. Snowpatch immediately runs off into the unknown strangeness of Oz.