Characters: Mayor Swellington

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Mayor Swellington is a sizable figure on The Farm, literally and figuratively. A member of one of the first families to settle permanently into The Farm's pleasant, verdant expanse, and as a capable organizer and administrator (due in no small part to his wife Quillypom) Mr. Swellington became Mayor by self-appointment (without any objection, the residents all apparently happy someone had volunteered for the role) and was later officially elected into the role, holding it ever since (it is said the other residents prefer to do without all the bother). All has not been rosy, for over time the pressures of his work and ambition have frayed his friendships and his family, distancing him from his wife Quillypom and his children. But perhaps there is more to the Mayor, and to discover what else may lie beneath the formalities of his public presence, we plan on interviewing him as soon as time allows.

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The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

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Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

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Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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