I am an author, computer
semi-geek and kiteflyer – a modern day Renaissance
man. I'm interested in kites and kiteflying and have
traveled around the world to pursue this hobby. But
my real passion is for people and ideas; kites merely
provide a vehicle and a common language for people to
express themselves creatively. Art, passion and understanding
are the real driving forces of my universe.
I have worked as a factory supervisor, salesperson,
programmer and computer instructor. I've also owned
several businesses. I wasn't terribly good at the CEO
thing, but I really excelled at teaching. I had space
to interact with people in a creative way.
For most of my adult life, I've been a closet writer.
I have been involved in group writing projects over
the years (e.g. my neighborhood's annual spring show),
but until recently, I hadn't shared any of my short
stories with anyone. The only thing that ever got wide
distribution was my Christmas
letter. You have no idea how many times I've heard
"We're getting divorced, but please don't drop
us from your Christmas card list." I should have
After my divorce, two friends convinced me to attend
Burning Man. I'm glad I did because it really jump-started
my writing career. At Burning Man, you camp in groups.
There were several guys planning to camp with us that
I didn't know. One of my friends asked me to write up
the story of how he and I had first met as a way of
introducing myself to the group. Well, I couldn't remember
how we met, so I made something up. Everyone loved my
story and asked for more. So I made up stories of how
I met everyone in camp! I'm currently in the process
of turning that little writing exercise into a series
of novels called the Burning Man Chronicles.