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Stunned at Sunset

Location: United States

Gender: M

Member Since: February 2019

Last online: April 2019

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I was born in 1948 to a working-class family and grew up on my grandfather's dairy farm.  There, I learned the value of hard work and personal responsibility.  I graduated from a local Catholic School with honors and went off to college to study literature and creative writing.  My objectives were interrupted by the Viet Nam War.  At the end of my sophomore year in college, I received a draft notice.  Instead of just rolling with the momentum of the state machinery, I enlisted in the United States Navy and volunteered for the Submarine Service.  The Navy sent me to engineering school to learn computer science and trained me as a Fire Control Technician posting me to a nuclear powered, ballistic missile submarine where I eventually qualified as a missile control center supervisor.  I was married while I was in the service and my wife and I lived in Groton Long Point, Connecticut until I completed my active service.  Returning home, I finished my Associates Degree and went on to pursue a Bachelor's.  

During this time, I worked as a traditional woodworker, apprenticed to a master craftsman, for the New York State Department of Historic Preservation.  There, I honed my skills as a woodworker restoring windows and doors and fabricating arcitechtural elements on the lathe.  In my twenty-eighth year I left that employment and entered the nascent computer information industry as a network engineer building complex systems for a research institute with which I had secured employement.  For extra cash each month, I had enlisted in the Army National Guard.  They enrolled me in Officer's Candidate School.  

In my thirties, having completed my military obligation (then eight years), I worked as a telecommunications network engineer for an international information company.  There I built a world-wide network for their expanding international customer base.  After that, I went to work for a computer manufacturer as a corporate systems analyst.  In the market crash that followed the S&L debacle, I went into business for myself and made a decent living as a computer systems network engineer, building functional networks and installing productivity software for my customers.

As we entered the twenty-first century, I began leveraging my experience into a career as a technical writer.  By 2006, I was working exclusively as a technical writer.  I had always dabbled in creative writing but now I began to make serious attempts to get my work published and some of my work was published in the west coast literary journal, Mind in Motion.  I began submitting my short stories to blogs that periodically published such work and was warmly accepted by their reading community.

Since 2014, I've been in semi-retirement taking on short-term technical writing projects and submitting short stories, poetry, and philosophical and political essays to a number of on-line publications with some success.  I would like to use this opportunity to move to the next level of my writing experience and hope that the work that I submit, if accepted, will be a source of enjoyment for this reading community.  After all, I'm only doing this for fun.


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