Welcome to my little corner of the world! I’ll keep the basics of my life short and sweet. I grew up in Indiana – not on a farm, so I have no insightful knowledge on soybean production or cattle rearing. I received a higher education in Indiana – at Purdue University to be exact. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering with a major in Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics & Control and a minor in Spacecraft Structural Analysis. I sometimes wish I’d stuck it out to earn a Master of Science or a PhD. Would love to be known as Dr. With degree and job offer in hand, I moved to California to join the ranks of engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a federally funded research and development center and a subsidiary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). While there, I worked on what’s called Outer Planetary Projects, including the Pluto Fast Flyby Mission, Mars Pathfinder, and New Millenium’s Deep Space One. JPL is a very cool place to work, filled with smart, unpretentious, over-achievers. It’s inhabited with some of the nicest scientists and engineers you’d ever meet. They play softball, drink, get married, have smart babies and do stupid human tricks just like the rest of the population. I heard enough salacious stories while working there to know, they are just like everyone else – only with higher IQs. I was and still am in awe of them. The reason I left . . . Partly because I didn’t enjoy the red tape associated with the congressional approval process – none of which was JPL’s fault. Mostly I left because I wanted to express myself in a more creative environment. As a Spacecraft Systems & Mission Engineer, I did a lot of technical writing using words like Jupiter gravity-assist, mass & power report, launch vehicle, and timeline. All interesting words, but they weren’t floating my boat. For my second act, I made the jump into the visual effects industry. Some of the films I’ve worked on are Titanic, What Dreams May Come, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Transformers, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and more recently, Gangster Squad and 42. I moved from studio to studio like a good, little vfx artist, and in what spare time I had – VFX is a demanding field with long hours and hectic schedules – I started creative writing again. When I was growing up, I had three main interests – space exploration, movies, and writing. Up until the morning I started this blog, I kept my creative writing to myself. It’s very scary putting words out for everyone to read, but I’m glad I did. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy my musings.