I am originally from Indianapolis, IN but now reside in beautiful Las Vegas, NV, where I keep busy with my writing, blogging, maintaining a healthy nutrition and fitness lifestyle (now a certified nutritionist), doing graphic design, drumming, and working on various other crafts and projects.
I’ve published two books: Rolling The Bones: 12 Tales of Life, Death, Loss, & Redemption, an epic collection of interlinked short stories and novellas of the “dark fiction” variety, published in 2016, and CATS: the number of the beast, a short novel, published in 2018. I also have an extensive novel currently under development (working title Primeval), as well as various other ongoing books/writing projects.
As for my “job”, I am a CPO (Certified Pool & Spa Operator) running a pool & spa service company with my brother.
In the past, I’ve also worked in manufacturing, as a shipping/receiving & warehouse manager, an assembly department foreman, a purchasing & inventory control manager, a publications manager, a technical writer, a copywriter, and a graphic designer for various industrial equipment manufacturing firms in Indianapolis.
As technical writer/copywriter/publications manager, I developed and published some 40 equipment user and parts manuals for distribution in both in the US and the UK.
And throughout my many years working in manufacturing, I was heavily involved in R & D—primarily machine design, production, and assembly along with development of product BOMs, and new product routing and costing.
I’ve also worked in retail management, such as store manager/company manager trainer for a large video store chain in Indianapolis, tool & hardware lead and shift manager for Sears (also in Indy), and shift manager for Borders Bookstore at McCarran International Airport here in Las Vegas.
In more recent years, I’ve worked as an independent contractor, including property maintenance, satellite dish installation, and of course swimming pool & spa service and equipment repair & installation.
And this year, after 5 or 6 years of personal studies and education in health and nutrition, I decided to take it to the next level and obtain my official nutritional certification (PNL1), which I achieved on December 14, 2019.
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.
Later, in 2009, my mystifying story The Traveler won first place in an 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, now a reader favorite in my collection Rolling The Bones. Also in 2010, my fun & chilling short story CATS (not the musical) was a finalist in the Writer’s Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition, and in 2018 I expanded the original story to a short novel entitled CATS: the number of the beast, and then included it, in its entirety, in the collection Rolling The Bones: 12 Tales of Life, Death, Loss, & Redemption. Published in 2016, Bones now comprises the best of my fiction accrued over the course of 19 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, and other short stories such as Hell or High Water and A Bearable Darkness of Being.
I currently have an extensive novel under development (working title Primeval), and am also planning a future collection, entitled Dead Man’s Hand: Five Deadly Novellas, a sequel to Rolling The Bones: 12 Tales of Life, Death, Loss, & Redemption.
In addition, I have few other book ideas floating around in my head—both fiction and non-fiction—but only time will tell when/if they come to fruition…
About This Blog: In Pursuit of Life, Liberty, Health, & Happiness
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 my fullest potential. I’ve made mistakes (lots of mistakes, and some dandy ones too); I’ve strayed—gone unbelievably 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.
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.
In the least, I hope you find my blog informative, interesting, and entertaining—and I thank you for visiting!