This is a picture of me as I appeared on a particular date in history. I can almost guarantee I no longer look this way, and if you expect this, and bump into me at the grocery store, I am afraid you will be disappointed. At the very least, I will probably be wearing different clothes.

Like you (presumably) I am interested in words, in their uses both malicious and edifying, in the telling of stories. The better I can tell a story, the better I can understand that Grand Story of which we are all a part. (Was that too philosophical? Not whimsical enough? Sorry.)

When I'm not writing, or thinking about writing, or planning to write, or talking about writing, or listening to others talk about writing, I teach High-school English for the Coquitlam School district. Did I mention that I like to write?

Things you might be interested to know about me:

  • I love basketball! I fell in love with the game as a teenager and even had a couple of tryouts with university teams. Would I still be a writer if I had made one of those teams?

  • My first teaching experience was in rural southern Uganda, East Africa. During the rainy season, the sky can dump so much water so fast that instant rivers would flow past our school house! I also spent a year teaching in Kuwait. No rivers, but we did have a few dust storms!

  • I am on the tall side. I'm 6' 3" tall (193 cm). Among writers, that usually means I have to crouch for photos. However, on the basketball court it doesn't mean much at all!

  • My favourite pet is our bearded dragon. I also have some very sheddy cats, and have had hamsters and fish in the past, but the "beardie" is my favourite. Never complains, never bites, never sheds. (Okay, she sheds. But at least it's not fur!)

  • I'd rather do things myself than hire people to do work for me. I like to build, to hammer and saw, to drill and sand and paint. I like to learn how to do things. This is usually because I haven't the faintest idea how to do them, which sometimes gets me in trouble. Mostly, I don't know what I don't know!