Whenever I read a blurb about an artist or writer I usually drift. In lieu of this I give you the tip of the iceberg.
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 his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days."
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.
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, I would love to hear from you in the "Contact" section of my website. 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 the surface for which my path has been paved. A beacon 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. You can read about my journey in my blog (Blog-write-what-you-read).
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, holding space for my wife's business - Happy Holistic Mystics, taking my daughter to Ballet class or practicing Tai Kwon Do with my Son.
I find one of the best ways to challenge my craft is to write and to share and to listen and to just keep writing. I commit to all of the writers out there that if you send me your work, I will read it. I will listen to the words and to the story that you have created. I love to give feedback and to receive feedback in return. It is a way to learn and to improve and grow.