Perhaps my first memory of writing having an impact in my life was after I got my heart broken in high school. After the drama of learning of the betrayal and a school day where I’d carried the heartache with me a bit, I started writing my experience, trying to express how I felt. I don’t know if I knew the word “cathartic” back then, but that is how it affected me. Somehow, reliving the experience in a way that allowed me to express my feelings changed things.
It’s been about 10 years since that experience, and my writing experience and abilities have grown quite a bit. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and have over two years experience in journalism working as a writer and copy editor. I’ve presented my creative work at conferences, have gone to a number of nerd conventions and sat at the feet of published authors as they discuss writing, and have created the content for TAsGuide.Wordpress.com, a place where my former employer’s students can go for tips on improving their essay writing. I have also worked for JuxtaProse Literary Magazine as their head nonfiction editor and am currently their Web Publisher. I had the privilege of covering the 2016 Democratic National Convention as press and photographer. I currently run an Ebay store and work as a freelance journalist and editor.
Although I tinkered around with writing stories as a kid, I was never any good. But that changed in high school when a class required me to keep a journal of what I was learning. It’s a habit I’ve kept up, and it’s taught me how to find freedom in self-expression. Since that fateful class, I’ve had a wide range of experiences that have helped me grow as a writer. I’ve written poetry, creative nonfiction, news, and business articles, and my writing has changed my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I’ve become addicted to stories, both reading them and telling them.
Over the last few years, I’ve been published in Panorama, Outlet, Scroll, and Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Magazine—all small publications, truth be told, but I’m proud of them nonetheless. I’ve also been keeping a blog of stories for the past several years called Story Capture.
I have a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing, and I have been making a living as a professional writer since January 2014, creating and editing journalistic and blog content for different kinds of online and print publications.
I also have a lot of other interests outside of writing, which usually end up giving me material to write about. I love mediation, food, crafts, travel, nature, hiking, and unicycling, just to name a few.
About Our Blog
While it’s not unheard of (see Percy and Mary Shelley), it’s a little uncommon for two professional/creative writers to be married to each other. We have managed to make words a part of our lives and a part of how we make our living. We think our story is interesting, so we want to share it. But we—as well as our writing—have a lot of growing to do. This blog will allow others to follow our writing and marital journeys, the books that influence us, and the thoughts we have about it all.
We share writing tips, stuff we’ve learned from rubbing shoulders with famous writers, book reviews, as well as stuff we learn along the way about marriage and life. We will also be sharing our personal stories and ideas: the funny, the interesting, and the ones that touch us deeply.