I am what I have heard frequently referred to as an “aspiring author.”
I am a father, a husband, and an IT Professional. Enjoying the middle part of my life but constantly surprised at what that seems to bring on a regular basis.
I have always wanted to be a genre fiction writer. Dabbled with it a couple of times in the past but it never really went anywhere. I took a detour through board game design and have two published games to my credit. Game design really excites me, seeing the mechanics and theme come together to make something that a couple of folks can sit down and enjoy. I had a lot of fun putting those games together with a couple of close friends. Now every time I see a post or someone playing one of my games at a con it makes me feel really great that I have been able to share some of that fun with others. More about my games at SDR Games.
This time around I am taking the writing thing a lot more seriously. It started with generous doses of encouragement from another writer, a couple of seminars at Gen Con, podcasts, and community college classes.
I think I probably spend as much time in my car as I do with my family which makes it hard to think about taking up anther enterprise, particularly one that can be as solitary as writing. Knowing that I am trying to use it to my advantage. The long drives are excellent for thinking through character and storyline. It has also given me a lot of time to work my way through instructional audio. On the homefront, I am trying to make my writing part of the everyday activity that goes on around the house. When my kids sit down to do homework, so do I. I have also found a really good sounding board in my middle daughter– I think she knows more about my current projects than anyone else. Rather than allowing my writing to take me away, I am using it as another way to connect.
I started this blog based on some advice in a post on marketing in the truly exceptional Writing Excuses podcast. Bought my domain name and established my writer brand name. My plan for this blog is really nothing more than chronicling and sharing my journey to becoming a writer.