I don't remember exactly when I decided I wanted to be a writer, but I do have memories that predate first grade of a series of stories I wrote about a stick figure named Ken. These stories had illustrations and had any of them survived would be practically illegible.
My career truly began in 1994 when the first computer entered our household. It had Windows 3.1 and a 14.4K modem. I took my ten free hours of America Online and, before it had elapsed, landed a monthly column for the Teen Community. Rather than paying for access to the internet, AOL paid me. This led to some rudimentary success as a teenager, but I drifted away from the business after I enlisted in the Army in 1998.
After leaving the service some 8 years later, it was time to rebuild my writing career. I covered the Democrats for 20dc.com during the 2008 Elections and was a featured writer for MattsNakedWord.com, until the site vanished from the internet. I am currently studying English Writing at the University of Pittsburgh using the GI Bill. I have been published on a number of websites and in print. Also, I have done some copywriting and ghostwriting.
Today, I am a regular contributor to Veteran Journal, AND Magazine, and Dadditudes.com (links to which are available on the left). An as yet unpublished essay I have written, "Gunzo: The Thrill of Fear and Fear of the Thrill," was awarded first place in the Creative Nonfiction category in the 2011 Writer's Cafe/Prosody Contest. My poems "Faking It" and "Drug Education," swept the poetry category in the 2012 Writer's Cafe/Prosody Contest. An excerpt from each was read on the radio show Prosody which can be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes or their podcast page. I was also an intern/instructor for the 2011 Young Writers' Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. An experience which ranks as one of the best I ever had.