Curious about my background – my origin story, if you will?

Settle in, dear reader, with some tea (or something stronger, if that’s your thing) and read on…

I’ve been writing for the web since the ripe old age of 12. I alternated between my first (semi)paying gig as a video-game reviewer (paid in video games, that is, which is all a twelve year old needs), and writing scathing op-eds on my own personal blog, after a dear teacher encouraged me to write regularly. Those op-eds included, at one point, a tirade against a tyrannical teacher that got me banned from the school computers for a month.

What can I say? I’ve always been a bit of a troublemaker.

In the rural Missouri town I grew up in, I was the kid nobody agreed with – but that nobody wanted to go up against in debate class, either. I always had a strong entrepreneurial streak, too, which was probably a factor in a specific childhood incident: I got in trouble for advertising a pet-sitting business that I had decided to run out of my grandma’s house without asking anyone’s permission. (Apparently, I didn’t have the knack for logistics then that I do now.)

Fast forward fifteen years and I’ve been freelancing/self-employed most of my adult life. My list of projects is long:

Yeah, I like to stay busy. 

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