My first poem, “The Dream,” was published when I was in second grade by the district PTA. Not a big deal but I sure felt cool seeing my poem in the newsletter.
Most of my writing has been technical or business oriented. I’ve authored business plans, feature specifications, tutorials, white papers, and marketing content. I’ve also written numerous technical and business manuals for work that have plots and characterization that would make you blow chunky green vomit (but if you want to learn things like managing Fixed Assets for school districts or the networking protocol of a Boeing 737 networking protocol, vomit can be voided). I’ve finished one novel, “Mandala’s Catalyst” which you can read about here. I have another that is almost finished and two more in the hopper.
I love the super-short story. Taking an idea or concept that I have wrestled with and then painting a picture using a limited number of words is a challenge. They have the symbolism and obscurity of poetry built with the mechanics of a story. Reading them might also make you look at me with a furrowed brow. If so, don’t worry because you won’t be alone. I have some strange ideas.
The power of storytelling is one of humanity’s greatest tools (and, unfortunately, weapons). The sword may defeat the pen in the short run, but ultimately, the pen will emerge the victor. Consider this:
“To know the art of impressing the imagination of crowds is to know at the same time the art of governing them…crowds have always undergone the influence of illusions. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master.” (Le Bon, 1895)
I don’t want to be anyone’s master. I do, however, want to contribute stories that invoke imagination and illusions that encourage self mastery, free thinking, and help us break away from the media that does attempt to govern us. This is why writing offers such deep meaning for me. I find it not only purposeful, but exciting and addictive. I can escape into my imagination for hours on end where I am the creator. I wish I could do it all day long.
This link above takes you to a series of articles I posted to help those who want to write stories but aren’t t sure what to do next. Each article is a page or less and offers a progressive set of objectives for you to consider.
Below are links to my Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Essays, and Children’s Stories.
In a world created by evil, rebellion is inevitable.
For the first sixteen years of his life, Prince Jasper has revered the stranger who saved them from destruction thirty years prior, a man known only as the Guide. But he’s afraid of his buried thoughts and burning questions. Have his parents and the Guide lied to him? When his first love is sacrificed under the guise of honor and tradition, his eyes start opening to the horrible truth. He voices his concerns and is instantly shunned by everyone he loves.
Jasper’s fall from grace is swift. His life is threatened and he is rescued by a small group of outlaws who introduce him to swords, sorcery, and dark secrets about the Guide. His parents, friends, and the entire kingdom have been beguiled by cunning lies. Now, hunted and despised by the people he struggles to save, Jasper joins the Resistance to fight an underground war against the dark powers that shroud his nation in ignorance.
This poem is why I struggle. It tells why I get depressed, can be lazy, and so frequently procrastinate. It is also the reason I haven’t accomplished more of my goals and dreams.
The Search for God
I could write 30 pages about how my religious philosophy shifted from devout Mormon to agnostic. Instead I will encrypt it in the following eleven lines.
The Writer’s Creed
This is a result of my search for meaning. It is who I am. Who I strive to be.
“Her” was directed and written by Spike Jonze and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. I give it 5 golden nuggets (of five). It set my brain on fire with ideas, something I did not expect.
I wrote this many years ago during one of the more dark times of my life. It was difficult and took several more years of searching, but this exploration helped me find the purpose and meaning I craved. Life is much better now.
Triple Entry Accounting
This was my Masters thesis, an argument against using traditional financial statements for predicting future revenue. If we drove cars like we use financial statements, we would drive down the road by looking out the back window.
World of Bigotrycraft
Although I know I can never escape prejudice, I try desperately to manage it. I don’t consider myself a racists or a bigot, yet while playing a computer game I realized how easy I can become hostile and judgmental.
Zen Photography in 10 Steps
This article is a blend of my photography philosophy embedded with several quick tips on how to take better pictures.
Children’s StoriesAm I Sleeping Again?
This is one of the first stories I wrote. I like the idea of the story and I keep thinking I should rewrite it. It’s not well written but could be a series of short stories. Kids seem to like it.
No TV for Susan
One Halloween everyone in the family wrote a scary story, this was mine. It’s poorly written. My kids wrote better stories than I did, I should have posted theirs.
A Christmas story for my kids. It’s a decent story though, if you like cheesy feel-good stories that play on your emotions.
The Cavern Holiday Nightmare
This is one of the first stories I ever wrote. I wrote it for my kids and it isn’t well written but they still liked it (but I think they are the only ones). I should delete it rather than embarrass myself.