I started writing in my friend's basement back in high school. Because of our love for the Indiana Jones series, we wrote about the adventures of Arizona and Utah, two American kids who searched for such items as the Sacred Beer Stein and the Bubbler of Youth. The writing was not great, but my friends laughed. Later, I wrote some ridiculous poetry, and my friends laughed. It took me a few years and some college classes to take writing a bit more seriously. However, I still want my writing to entertain.
As an English teacher, I helped students work with their writing. However, my true passion was my own writing. I could help them with voice, imagery, metaphor, and other techniques, but I could not move past the desire to create my own.
As a father, I encourage my own kids to be creative. As a husband, I try to write romantic lines for my wife, who expected a poem a day once she realized she was committed to a writer.
I am cynical about the world, which helps me in writing humor and satire, but I also embrace the beauty of the world and my chance to add my voice to the human experience.