// words about me

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived there for approximately a year (the majority of those weeks were spent in an incubator; I was born three months early). My family then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I spent the next eighteen years. My parents instilled a strong work ethic by exemplifying the significance of their careers; they worked, and still work, tirelessly and without complaint in their chosen professions (dad: minister; mom: librarian). They also crafted in me a solid moral compass and helped develop a strong set of beliefs revolving around the betterment of the world via the employment of innate talents and acquired skills.

I spent one year at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennyslvania as a graphic-design major before becoming irreparably fed-up with frigid temperatures and snowbound walks across a wind-chilled campus. So I transferred to Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Florida. There, I majored in English while earning minors in Communications and Creative Writing. Although graphic and web design were relegated to constructive hobbies, I continued practicing in both mediums, because they allowed me to exercise the opposite portion of my brain while still facilitating creative expression.

At Flagler, I worked in tech support all four years, which furthered my proficiency with technology that started when I was quite young. Most of my time was spent assisting the student body and faculty with an array of problematic issues, or just giving general guidance related to operating systems.

After graduating Flagler, having made the Dean's list multiple times and receiving an invitation to join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, I headed over to FSU to obtain Post-Graduate certificates in Publishing and Editing and Web Design.

After FSU, I worked as an intern at Tallahassee Magazine and BleacherReport.com, as well as a Teaching Assistant at Carnegie Mellon University.

For my first professional role, I took a position at SunshineStateNews.com as the web editor. My duties involved creating, maintaining, and editing content for the site, including advertisements, banners, and print materials, as well as handling the creation and subsequent management of social networking presences. I also assisted with photography and video shooting and editing. The site's visitation increased by 300% since my hiring.

I then took an opportunity to work as a full-time editorial intern for PasteMagazine.com. I composed a broad array of written content, from minor articles to profile features on myriad pop-culture topics. Further tasks included design work and the requisite coffee retrieval.

Afterwards, I became the Head Writer at BlockShopper.com's newspaper division, where I helped lead a team in the production of real-estate content for the likes of the San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and more.

In mid-2011, I took a contractual role as a web editor for Elsevier, a world-renowned publisher of medical content. The contract expired in 2014, at which point I found a position with another client, handling everything from copy writing to web design. During that epoch in downtown Atlanta, I also worked part-time as a copywriter for LivingSocial.com.

I've spent my free time writing novels, designing, songwriting, taking photos, and just singing terribly. I've also done stand-up comedy and improv. People can also find me giving public readings of my writing or volunteering with support groups and at various events.