I wanted to be a writer for a very long time. When I was in elementary school, I thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, and decided that I wanted a job where I got paid to read books. When I learned how hard it was to become a publisher or an editor, I decided to be a writer, and I began to put words on a page. You’d think that putting words on a page is easy, because all the words have already been made up and you just need to put them in order, but it didn’t work out for me.

My first poems were published in high school, and I started blogging in college. I’ve written somewhere around 400,000+ words through my blogs, enough to fill several books, and dozens of essays that are of the sort that actually could be published. I’ve got enough poems now to fill a mediocre chap book. But I never developed the knack for putting words into a really good order.

So I got a job, and then got a college degree, and along the way I discovered that I’m not going to be a writer. That’s how these things go sometimes. Instead, I’m an IT manager, and surprisingly enough, I really enjoy it. It scratches that creative itch because I get to come up with new ideas for our organization and then make those happen, and identifying problems or areas for improvement and then making things better is incredibly fulfilling.

Beyond work, I read a lot of fantasy fiction and Christian theology. I play djembe and bass in our church’s worship band, board games with my friends, EVE with a bunch of strangers, and house with my wife.