I was asked to create my first website in Nov. 2010. At the time, I knew nothing about HTML and I
hadn't even heard of CSS, but I promptly downloaded HTML and CSS
for Dummies and one day later I discovered a new passion.
Seven months later, I created this site. I'm still learning. I'll always be learning. I like projects that create challenging puzzles and HTML has no shortage of those. Itís a lot like writing in that every page starts off as a blank screen and chaos in my head. Then slowly but surely I carefully remove the chaos of images, structures, words and code and as I do, the page starts to take form until finally my mind is blank and the page is structured and functional.
I have an MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. I taught college writing for 4
years. I've written a technical manual and a creative novel. I've had short
articles published. But as of yet, my creative work has not seen print. Being an unpublished
writer is frustrating. I constantly wonder if I'm just that bad.
I've found that my writing process reveals myself. Knowing that there's a self benefiting purpose to my writing keeps me going when no one else wants to read my work. For years, I struggled with assigning genders to my lead characters. I couldn't call them 'she' because that felt wrong, but I couldn't call them 'he' because that made me feel exposed. I ended up with a long line of genderless narrators.
I'm a transgendered male. I knew I was trans when I was a child. Somehow in the confusion of growing up that got complicated. Now it's simple again. Writing helped me figure it out.