In sixth grade, working in the medium of dot matrix print, rubber cement, and photos I developed in the classroom darkroom, I put together a poster telling the story about a local professional skateboarder for an assignment. When the last square of text had been glued into place I remember stepping back and being completely amazed by what I had managed to create. This sense of wonder in seeing a piece I’ve written go live still hits me today.
I'm a total word nerd. Whether I'm reading a book, watching a movie, or looking at a billboard, my brain is always engaged with the text before me. Good writing excites and inspires me. And bad writing? It makes me think of the ways that it could have been done better.
I love tech and design. I've stayed up on web design since the days of Dreamweaver and have built a few websites for clients over the years. During the pandemic I used the extra time to learn Python, having completed an introductory bootcamp, a class in data science, and another in Django web development. In fact, I designed this humble portfolio from scratch using HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, and Django.
When I'm not writing you might find me carving around the local skatepark or on my bike. Going on long bike rides gives me the chance to think, and I've come up with many writing ideas, and even solved some coding problems, all while pedaling long distances.
Skateboarding has taught me persistence. Much like trying a trick over and over until you make it, the process of writing is similar. Sometimes pulling off a trick means making a few tweaks or adjustments, much like the editing that goes into creating an effective piece of content.
Another huge part of my life is music. I play the bass guitar, and love walking into a space with friends, working through each others' musical ideas, and coming up with songs. Whether I'm improvising musically with others, or in a brainstorming session, I love collaboration and the creativity that springs from people coming together.
Over the course of COVID lockdowns Frozen Embers was born. I played bass along with Keeli McCarthy on drums and Seth Kassleman on guitar. This ep was recorded in one marathon 10 hour session. These songs were performed live with only one small guitar overdub.