I am originally from Indianapolis, but now reside in beautiful Las Vegas, where I keep busy as an author, blogger, graphic designer, and drummer, and am now delving into video production and preparing to launch my own podcast. As for my “job”, for the past 5 years I’ve been operating a pool & spa service company with my brother.
In the past, I’ve worked as Shipping/Receiving & Warehouse Manager, Assembly Dept Foreman, Purchasing & Inventory Control Manager, Publications Manager, Technical Writer, and Graphic Designer for industrial equipment manufacturing firms in Indianapolis; as Technical Writer/Publications Manager, I developed and published some 40 equipment user and parts manuals for distribution in both in the US and the UK.
I’ve also worked in retail management, such as Store Manager for Indy Video (2nd largest video store chain in Indianapolis, IN), Tool & Hardware Lead and Shift Manager for Sears Appliance & Hardware (Avon, IN), and Shift Manager for Borders Bookstore (McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV).
More recently, I’ve delved into independent contracting, including property maintenance, satellite dish installation, and of course swimming pool & spa service and equipment repair & installation here in Las Vegas.
About My Fiction
In 2000, while in Cypress (Houston) Texas pursuing helicopter pilot training at Helicopter Services, Inc., David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, I penned my first short story, A Sweet Ride, which remains a reader favorite to this day. Shortly thereafter, I wrote my first novella, Roughing It.
Jump ahead a few years to 2009, when my mystifying story The Traveler won First Place in the International Short Fiction Competition hosted by Carpe Articulum Literary Review Magazine, and was published in six countries and five languages. In 2010, the short-story version of my ghostly drama Forever Anna Day received Honorable Mention in the same competition, and has since been expanded to a novella, which is emerging as the reader favorite in my collection Rolling The Bones. Also in 2010, my fun & chilling story CATS (not the musical) was a finalist in the Writer’s Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition.
My collection, Rolling The Bones: 12 Tales of Life, Death, Loss, & Redemption, comprises the best of my work collected over the course of 16 years, including the stories mentioned above, plus a few more recent pieces such as the coming-of-age novella The Crossing, and the horrific and terrifying CHAMBERS.
I’m currently working on my first novel, under the working title Losing Hope (likely to change as the story develops), which is a follow-up to my novella The Crossing. Plus, I have few other book ideas floating around in my head—both fiction and non-fiction—but only time will tell if these come to fruition…
About This Blog
I’ve spent much of my life seeking answers, seeking truth, continuously learning and growing and reading everything I can get my hands on in an attempt to understand how the world works and how I can develop myself to be the best person I can be. I’ve made mistakes (lots of mistakes, and some dandy ones too); I’ve strayed—gone unbelievable far down the wrong path, more than once—but I keep correcting coarse, and strive to carry on in my endeavors. With time, I seem to be making fewer mistakes (or at least smaller ones), and have begun to feel comfortable with the notion of sharing some of what I’ve learned over the years.
The purpose of this blog is to share whatever information, knowledge, truth, or wisdom I’ve discovered throughout my life which I believe has helped me in some way, with the hope that it may possibly help others. There are vast oceans of information, disinformation, and even outright lies through which we must navigate as we search for those few gleaming gems that are actually helpful, or occasionally even profound—so I figure anything I can do to expedite the journey for others is well worth the effort. Even if only one single person benefits in one tiny way from what I’m able to share here, then I will have left the world better than it was when I arrived—and that’s my ultimate goal.
I urge readers to subscribe to this blog’s email updates, and “like” the corresponding Facebook page in order to keep abreast of my work, my thoughts—and yes, even my mistakes.
In the least, I hope you find my blog informative, interesting, and entertaining—and I thank you for visiting.
For What It’s Worth
I suppose it’s worth mentioning that this website is my own brainchild; I designed & customized it (based on the Bangkok Press News & Editorial Wordpress template); I maintain it, edit it, produced the artwork, and write all of the original content.
My Links:Facebook Profile • Rolling The Bones Book • Amazon Author Page • Goodreads Author Profile • YouTube Channel