I’m a writer and storyteller, and have been all my life. I’ve been writing stories since I was old enough to hold a chunky kindergartner’s pencil in my fist, and before I could write I told my stories to any adult or child who got within reach. (My mother tended to call them lies; toe-MAY-toe, toe-MAH-toe.) For me storytelling’s not so much a talent as it is a psychological compulsion, like over-eating or nymphomania or…. On reflection, perhaps I could have chosen better examples.
My writing has appeared in quite a few odd places over my career to date. I’ve had reviews published in various low circulation magazines; I contributed to a number of role-playing games and magazines under various pseudonyms; and for several years I published a zine called Ambergris From Leviathan. My digital writing has popped up in various places on the Internet since the ’80s — yes, pre-World Wide Web — but has called Hidden City home since its launch in 1999.
I’ve done my time in the corporate world, as well, spending almost fifteen years turning out content for intranet sites and producing technical documentation and training materials for Macy’s (as well as directing web development from a coding perspective). The end of that job led to one of my more interesting gigs so far, performing an adaptation of my essay “Ghost Town” for NPR‘s Morning Edition.
I share a house in Miami with seven cats — HobGoblin, Badfoot, Nicolette, Two-Face, Magellan, Chicken, and Gordon Whitefoot — and a staggering amount of “stuff.” I consume information and media at an alarming rate, as demonstrated by my overflowing shelves and random stacks, piles, and boxes of books, DVDs, and CDs. I would like to say it will all be organized soon, but that would be a damned lie.
Hidden City is entirely my responsibility. If something I write offends you, take it up with me; I’m always open to an intelligent debate, and do my best to keep an open mind. However, if you’re an idiot I will not shy away from pitiless mocking from my bully pulpit. On the other hand, if you enjoy the site tell me! This is a lot of work with zero financial reward; I take my payment in the satisfaction of my readers. You can always reach me through the Contact form, or via e-mail (admin at hiddencity.net, or hidden.city at Gmail).