Where to begin... ummm, I'm married and live with my wife and two teenage children. I was born and raised in the southeast and spent much of my early childhood in Clifton, Virginia while my dad finished up his 30-year military career at the Pentagon. When he retired from the U.S. Navy, the family was moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina. Not many people have heard of Southern Pines, so I usually just say Pinehurst. If they haven't heard of that either, I say Ft. Bragg. Most everyone has heard of that.
I have three brothers. The two oldest served in the U.S. Navy as well. They needed a firm hand as only the U.S. military can provide. One was a nuclear engineer on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and was stationed in Bremerton, Washington while the other was an electrical engineer for an F-18 fighter squadron out of Miramar, California. My youngest brother was just down-sized from the U.S. Army just shy of the 20-year mark. He was EOD, but then did a branch transfer to non-nuclear, chemical, biologic. Needless to say I plied all three with an endless supply of questions given the subject matter contained in the first three parts of the Foreign & Domestic series.
August 24, 2019
As for me, I currently split my time between my day-job and my passions. From 9-5, I'm a Lead Functional Analyst. That's basically a fancy title for a business analyst that has other business analysts report to them. In essence, I get the client to define how they want their complex IT systems to work. The information I elicit from them is very detail oriented... I'm talking down in the weeds to the point where I can see the individual specs of dirt underneath the weeds detailed. This might explain why I write in the manner that I do.
In March of 2019, I published the final two installments of the Foreign & Domestic series. Part IV is titled Colder Weather and Part V is titled A Time for Reckoning. My previous published works include the first three installments of the Foreign and Domestic series (When Rome Stumbles, Hannibal is at the Gates, and By the Dawn's Early Light), as well as a non-fiction cooking and entertainment book titled Just a Small Gathering, Volume I.
I am continuing my efforts to writing two non-fiction books. These are titled Home Remedies, Poultices, Tinctures, & Salves and the other is tentatively titled Preparing to Prepare. You can get some background on these books on the My Works/Works in Progress page. I am also re-reading the first three installments in the series… looking for egregious errors, issues, and omissions. I am also adding some scenes that will help better explain some events that transpire in Parts IV and V. This effort is happening so I can better prepare the series for transition to audiobook format. Amazon offers a services called ACX which is basically a clearing house for voice talent. Basically, I sub it out in exchange for a share of the audiobook profits.
In May of 2019, I was approached by management at the company I work for and was asked if I was serious about moving out of the consultancy side of the business and into the product side. A notion I had planted in their minds three years earlier during a yearly performance review. Since then, I’ve been working with the product team to get ‘trained up’ on the software and taken part in Proof of Concept (POC) meetings to revamped a twenty year old piece of software.
At some point during all of this, one of our clients using said software stated that they wanted a resource with both product knowledge AND industry knowledge. As a result, I am now enrolled at the local community college and working toward an Associate Degree in Environmental Science. College is a lot different than when I attended in 1990’s. I’ll have to keep everyone posted on this endeavor for sure.