So you want me to tell you the story of my life?
I got my start, on what the kids called the interwebs, at a place called SWFANS back in 1999. It had just recently been renamed that from Star Wars vs. Titanic, if that give you and idea of the atmosphere of the place. I tended to stay on the replica props forum at the time, but slowly migrated to the role playing section of that board which lead to many years of wasted time. Of course I don't know if I'd ever have tried my hand at writing if I hadn't. So it wasn't all bad. I also wandered over to a board called the Allspark where I went under the name of Hoist for about a week before I got tired of logging out and logging back in and just used this name there too.
I went to school for Architecture, but after a year of it I decided it wasn't for me. I didn't want to keep going and incur a huge amount of debt for something I'd just hate later on. I still do draw houses for fun though. It's a lot more relaxing when someone isn't telling you everything you do is wrong.
I then went on a whirlwind tour of sitting around trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. When I finally did figure it out, there was no more money left to go back and get a degree in it. Hopefully one day. I don't know. Maybe if I found enough success I wouldn't bother with that, but go get a degree in something else, like film.
I am a professional writer. In so much as I've sold my work to a national magazine and was paid professional rate for it. That was back in 2008, and I haven't got anything else out there since. I thought at the time that was gonna be the first of many to follow that would end with the publishing of a novel. That, of course, didn't happen. Instead life happened, and I rarely have the free time and zen I need to write these days. It also doesn't help that I'm a perfectionist. I always think I can make something a little better and thus don't send it in.
I've been involved in many failed projects. From a Web Comic, to a Horror Host style show. People have a tendency to bail on me, which does wonders for my self esteem and trust issues. Life has taught me two things. "You can't do it alone Kid." and "You can't trust anyone, but yourself." and it doesn't seem to understand the irony that these two things contradict.