Seems it's the appropriate etiquette here to write an introductory post of sorts, so here it goes. That's me, sitting in my office... yes, I'm a real person, and possibly too old to be doing something like this, but thought I'd give it a whirl, anyway.
Ended up here as a result of a friend's post on Facebook, asking quite simply "what do you think of this?" with a link to this site. I wasn't really sure what to think, without actually testing the waters, so that's what I am doing.
I find myself slightly hesitant to even write and post these words, as history shows that I represent what many have come to think of as a "trailing indicator." That is, if I'm onboard with something and think it has potential... that's the inevitable signal that the venture in question is old news and about to fold up its tents and vanish.
On the other hand, it's a new year, and the USA seems to be a "strange new world," and I am feeling hopeful about changing that old paradigm into something new and improved. And maybe finally finding "the exception" that proves the rule...
So, about me... I was born in Denmark in 1960 and have lived all over the place, the UK, Spain, France, Kenya, Jamaica... and most recently here in the US, currently in Washington state.
Here's me and my assistant, Shadow, a little black cat with a stubby tail who joined our family this past summer. I have had cats most of my life... you might even say I'm the male equivalent of a Cat Lady. Or not...
I have never had a good "elevator speech" for who I am and what I do-- it's a pretty diverse bag of stuff.
However, I have been a writer for almost as long as I can remember, and recently it occurred to me that I have been writing online for a good bit over twenty years... and the nickname "Denmarkguy" has been in use since I opened my first AOL email account in 1993. It's kind of strange: I'm getting to be that kind of "old" where I realize there are fully adult people I know who have been alive fewer years than my email account.
But I digress.
So I'm a writer, of all sorts of things, from psychology to commentary on the human condition to art to various other things. I was part of some of the very earliest versions of monetized online writing, and I have been part of dozens, pretty much all of which have failed.
For most of my adult life, I have job surfed from one field to another, mostly in search of ways to get paid something while also avoiding having a "real" job. Truth is, I'm an introvert and I like being at home... to the point where some might call me a misanthrope.
In addition to writing, I'm an eBay entrepreneur, selling old postage stamps to collectors (a childhood hobby, extended), jewelry supplies and more recently I have been find a creative outlet painting intricate patterns on stones and getting away with calling it "art."
I'm married, stepfather to three, have two cats, a dog, a fish and a tendency to believe that "everything will turn out OK, in the end."
Maybe that makes me an optimist, or maybe it makes me delusional. Haven't decided... yet.