Two things I firmly believe:
- Know how to cook very well.
- Read books as often as you can.
This is because education and self-reliance are the easiest ways to improve your life.
A few guidelines:
Don’t drink alone, save it for when you’re with others — they’ll make more sense.
Be wary of the first person you meet in a group — they are usually the crazy ones.
Take many risks, live dangerously, and love unconditionally — your body will thank you for it later.
Never listen to an unsolicited opinion.
Never provide an opinion unless compensated.
Show up, take in the experience, write about it later. Long live gonzo journalism.
My first love: writing
I got into writing at a very young age. My father was in the U.S. military and we lived all over the world, often moving every few months to two years. I had no distinct feeling of “home”, except for when I would visit my grandparents (on my mother’s side) in Ottawa, Canada.
My grandfather built the house himself in what is now the Alta Vista area, long before the city had expanded there. Since they loved reading so much — the house was designed around books. Each room contains an accent wall that is a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. To this day I have not seen so many books in one place unless I visit a library. They would spend several hours a day reading together. Science, engineering, and cozy mysteries were their genres of choice. I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to create a story they would be interested in reading.
I began using my grandfather’s IBM Selectric II at the age of 12. Over time, I became interested in WHY a story is good. Storytelling has been the only mainstay in my life, and a skill I hope to continue to work on in my self-publishing journey.
Becoming a Pro
Writing did me well throughout school and I landed my first proper job in the newsroom at a regional newspaper in the late nineties. Just in time to see the internet snatch it all away. It was busy, there really were papers piled haphazardly on most desks…