I am always changing as an author. I have been writing since I can remember and even recall having parent/teacher conferences to discuss my inability to pay attention in class as I would rather write fiction in my notebook. I remember the days, as far back as the fifth grade, where I would grab a topic and just start writing. I would pick, let’s say, Troy Aikman, and make up some random story about him, his career, and his daily activities. The stories were short, one page at most, and over time I just collected a series of short stories. This eventually lead into writing poetry and lyrics for songs that will never be played. Once I got to college I was challenged in creative writing courses to think outside the box.
This training and progression lead me to the world of writing opinions. I was lucky enough to become a member of the Blog Squad for the once known InTake Magazine. It has since changed it’s name to Indy.com Magazine and now on to a nationally known magazine as Metromix. I have also been fortunate enough to be a staff writer for Pulse Magazine as well as Indy Arts Magazine. As I have gotten older, the doors have opened up and I have written for several thought leader blogs including BlogNotions, a social media blog. My talents have been stretched and I have had experience writing for the masses over the years.
Over the last few years I have been working on my first fiction novel. I write, edit, and wait only to pick back up the lap top six months later to find myself doing the same thing. It is not that I lose focus but rather that I have more things on my plate and a higher set of priorities. One day that novel will be finished and I will either self publish or put it on Twitter for you all to read, but for now it sits as a single file on laptop.
“I am always learning.” – Michelangelo
As a designer I have received my training from both Marian University (formerly known as Marian College) and then was lucky enough to study under some of the most talented artists I have ever met at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on the IUPUI campus in downtown, Indianapolis. Since I have moved into the work force after receiving two degrees from Purdue University in computer engineering and compute graphics technology. While my degree was one of the hardest things that I have ever done, I realize now that it was only a sheet of paper to open someone’s eyes in an interview. That piece of paper did nothing but the connections that I have built and the relationships that I have formed in my years of college are life long and will never come close to the education that I received in those class rooms.
The work that I have been doing in social media over the years has led me to where I am today. I slowly am meeting more and more fellow members of this massive community and attaching myself to the ones that truly “get” the power of social media. Tools like Twitter and Facebook are part of this social media mold, but they are only a part of the online community that makes up this epic set of connections. The way that social media works on the surface is pretty simple but a few levels deeper you can start to see how it is changing communication. People are lazy, and are getting lazier every day, and it is starting to get to the point where if you can not say what you need to say in 140 characters it is too long.