My how things can change in a few years time. The snippet below was how I non-started a blog six years ago. A lot has happened in my life since then. The girl mentioned and I got married, found a house to call our own, and now have a little boy who is all too quickly becoming not so little. I also graduated from WVU with two engineering degrees (CpE and CS) and three minors (history, math, and creative writing). After that I got a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from SNHU, because, as you might guess from the rest of the site, writing is where much of my passion lies.
I’ve been writing stories since I was nine. My first story was set in the last days of the Aztec Empire and about a slave from a rival people group who escaped being sacrificed to pursue vengeance on the highest levels of Aztec society. If that sounds a little deep for a nine year old, I tend to still get that sentiment when people read my writing today. It’s part of my ethos as a writer. I feel like every story worth telling has at least a morsel of something that a reader can take with him or her.
Not to say my stories aren’t just interesting reads of themselves. Another consistent comment I’ve gotten is that what I write is “cinematic.” Short stories or novels, I’m regularly told that my writing is vividly descriptive and “would make a great movie.” It’s my job as a writer to take readers on a journey to world they’ve never quite explored—one I was blessed to uncover—and lead through the narrative to and ending worth reaching.
I’ve got two novels published now. My first, Destitutio Quod Remissio, won the 2013-2014 CrossBooks Writing Contest and the second is Day Moon. You might note from descriptions of each they’re on opposite ends of the time, audience, and genre scale. That’s because it’s my conviction that good stories can live in just about any genre.
One thing that hasn’t changed since I first made a foray into published writing is my conviction that when I write, “I feel God’s pleasure.” Some of you may note I co-opted that quote from 1924 Olympic track star—and missionary—Eric Liddell. Like him, I feel like God has led me to what I’m doing and it’s all for His glory.
So if there’s other things about me I’ve left out—which there are quite a few—for sake of your current reading time investment, I’ll discuss those things in the posts I make on this site’s blog or the social media linked to from this site. If you ever have a comment or question, feel free to message me. Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy what you read. Most of all, may the Lord bless you and be with you.
“I’m a Christian and a college student living in WV. I started this blog at the encouraging of my sweet fiancee, Shelly, who was very excited to actually have my half of AH! Creations visible finally. Well, in addition to a little felt and sculpey.
I enjoy writing and drawing and will probably showcase those most frequently on the blog. From poems, to short stories, maybe even an excerpt from a novel I’m working on. I’ll also try to keep personal opinion columns down to a minimum and only for those things that most affect me.”