I was one of those people that believed I had to be at least 70 years old before I could write or teach. It was simply a matter of not having permission. It didn't make sense to me that a young man of 30 has anything original to say that hasn't already been said. Then I read Flannery O'Connor's quote:
"Anybody who has survived [their] childhood has enough information about life to last [them] the rest of [their] days." - [Note: I changed his, him and his]
Thankfully, I haven't completely left my childhood. I suppose it was when my brother forced me to write with him September 2006 that changed it for me. He wanted to do the NanoWrimo, but not in November with everyone else; instead, we did it in September. It was the same year my boy Taylor was born and there is nothing better for inspiration than becoming a parent. There are many acts of creativity and becoming a parent is one of the most difficult and noble.
My daughter Indiana was born in August of 2010 - and for those parents who think having one child is the same as having two; well, let's just say, it is an order of magnitude much like the Richter scale. As with the birth of my son Taylor, inspiration flowed in sleepless nights and cantankerous family schedules. I look at it like the Muses rewarded my lack of sleep and patience with word counts.
My beautiful wife Liz has been a beacon in which I have strived to be the best that I can. A shining light of inspiration and fortitude, Liz is an unwavering fan and advocate and I couldn't have done it without her.
I have a deep loyalty to others that write and create. For several years I have volunteered with the PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writer's Association - pnwa.org) in Seattle WA. I love getting to know the process other's use to create. I also work as an Information Technology consultant with the Legendary Elliott Bay Bookstore (elliottbaybook.com) in the Capital Hill Neighborhood of Seattle Washington. It is one thing to love to read and to write books, but to work with people who sell books - well that just takes it to another level.
Just recently I embarked upon a journey with the Hugo House (hugohouse.org) fundraiser to help raise over 20,000 dollars to support local writers, poets and youth. It was an amazing experience to do a write-a-thon for 30 days.
When I'm not writing, I'm raising children and trying to win husband and father of the year. You can also find me at the Yogasmith in Georgetown, reading aura's, coaching creatives like you (Pete Ophoven - Coach), and teaching at Bellevue College.
I find one of the best ways to challenge my craft is to write and to share. I commit to all of the writers out there that if you send me your work, I will read it. I love to give feedback and to receive feedback in return. It is a way to learn and to improve and grow.