In an infinite universe fictional worlds are discovered, not created. Characters are enlisted, not fabricated. Stories are recorded, not written.
I am a geologist, technical writer, thinker, essayist, educator, historian, futurist, librarian, and debater. I hike mountains, wander deserts, and scuba dive oceans. I've studied rocks from Quaternary landslides, Paleozoic carbonate deposits, and Mesozoic river deltas, Miocene rocks from fourteen thousand feet below Los Angeles, and Cretaceous rocks from six thousand feet below the Alberta High Plain. I've presented technical subjects to several hundred people at once. I've taught classes on Microsoft Office, OCLC Online Services, and Geographic Information Systems. On request, I've provided reams of advice about financial matters, society in general, storytelling, and fictional and expository writing, much to the benefit of the requester. I've pulled people up off the ground, and, when they deserved it, pushed others down.
I've worked as a 7-11 clerk; a janitor in a department store; as a reference librarian at universities in Edmonton, Alberta and Thousand Oaks, California; an adjunct professor at a private university, a technical writer at software companies on Wilshire Boulevard and in Redlands, California; and a geologist on remote wellsites in California and northern Alberta.
I've written far more than I've published. Once I get it all in the right order, I will publish it.
I am more interested in villains than heroes; the villains drive the story. Roy Batty is the most interesting character from the last fifty years.
I prefer El Paso, TX over San Francisco, CA, New Mexico over Southern California, the United States over Canada, and Western Civilization over other cultures in general. The last preference is currently out of favor with most intellectuals. Too bad, because, historically, the West has the most to offer. If this offends your sensibilities, I'm not going to apologize.