I have been a creative writer since I was a young boy growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when my dad was stationed at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in the early to mid-1970s.
My writing has taken on different forms over the years. In my youth, my writings were largely short stories, journaling and poetry. In middle and high school, as well as throughout college, I wrote for my school papers, even stringing for local newspapers during football season. As a young adult, my work centered largely on news release and speech writing for former Gov. Guy Hunt and former Gov. Fob James in Alabama. That also carried over to the days I served as the communications director for the Dallas Independent School District.
When Apple released iBooks Author in January of 2012, I began working on several publications using their innovative software designed for iPad. That included editing and design of the interactive elements to be included in works about the 2012 Meme, a children’s story, a Bible study guide, and throughout the first half of 2015, training materials used by the North Texas-based utility company, Atmos Energy.
In 2014, I began writing my first novel, The Privacy Patriots. In 2015, under the direction of The Writer’s Path at SMU, I completed the first draft of that work and in June 2015, began writing The Voodoo Hill Explorer Club, completed in October 2015. Each novel is being edited and revised for hopeful publishing at some future date.
Below are further descriptions of the types of writing I have done and the tools used to do so.
Tools Employed: MS Word, Pages, Scrivener, TextEditor, TextWrangler, Aeon Timeline, Scapple
Books for iPad/Digital Book Design
Design of Books for iPad—iBooks Author
Design of Books for Amazon, Barnes & Noble—InDesign
3D Animation Production
Interactive Graphic Design Production
History Lesson Design
Industrial Training Material Design
Motivational Material Design
Children’s Storybook Design
Corporate Sales Material Design
Tools Employed: iBook Author, iBooks, Photoshop, Blender, CINEMA 4D Lite, Illustrator, Hype, FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced, Bookry.com, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, Audition, YouTube, Captivate