A Busy Guy
In 2005, I commented to a friend, Harry Shannon, that I didn't think I was very creative. Harry was an author and a counselor, and he was deeply unimpressed by my protestations of incompetence. He challenged me to do something creative. I started by writing a novel. I wrote that novel 4 times, each time with a different ending, and often with different characters. But by God, I wrote a complete novel. So much for not being creative.
In 2010, Harry and I wrote a short story together. Jailbreak was the beginning of the Penny Miller stories, and wound up being the first two chapters of our first novel, The Hungry. Since then Harry and I have written 8 novels together, six in The Hungry series, All the Devils, and Blood Desert. We'll probably write some more.
I've been a book designer professionally since 2010. In 2011, I realized I could get paid more if I published the books I designed, rather than just collecting a single check for the work I did. There's more responsibility in being a publisher, but it is both emotionally and materially rewarding.
You can find my publishing website at GeniusBookPublishing.com
My book design business is at GeniusBookServices.com
And my books can be found on Amazon and elsewhere.
And then there was paint.
Around 2010, I became the primary caretaker for a family member. I learned first hand what caretaker burnout was, and the only way to decompress from it was to go to the local "paint your own mug" store, blow $100, and paint on a big tile. I did that four times a year for five years. Then I realized that I could get a canvas and paint for a fraction of the cost, and paint any time I wanted. Since the winter of 2015, I've painted at least 80 paintings (many of which are displayed here). I try to do one painting a week, sometimes two, but often it's just a couple of paintings a month. I paint for myself, and in my humble opinion, I'm starting to get good. At least, the painting looks like what's inside my head, finally.