What does one do when they're a Jack of all Trades, Master of None, but Better than any One?
I did a lot of reading (RL Stine, Animorphs, Babysitters Club, Reader's Digest) as a child. Writing fascinated me. My brain burst with creativity and would not rest until the stories were told. In my mid to late 20's I began doing freelance creative, informative, research, and e-Book writing through Elance, now Upwork. My sister was the 1st to do freelance writing and made me realize that I had enough skill to actually make money doing this thing. In 2015, I self -published my first book on Amazon under the pseudonym Eli Frost Duham. Contaminant Series: Reset. It was a wild read even for me and I'm the one who wrote it!
Programmer (C#, C++)
I graduated from Westwood College in Illinois with a BS in E-Business Management. The degree consisted of Hardware/Software installations, Graphic Design, and Programming. It was here I found my first love, Programming, although I didn't know it yet. Programming was actually difficult for me during this time. I had learned the language. It was the concepts that took me a few years to solidify. But it happened eventually and for that, I'm grateful. If telling a narrative felt good, and writing a narrative felt great, I could only imagine how it would feel to experience a narrative!
I started my artistic career at the age of 12. I was not a good artist starting out. But, that did not stop me. I mostly drew what I saw in comic books. A lot of Spiderman, Superman, Punisher and the like. When I was 16, my family moved from Texas to Chicago-land area (Chicago/NW Indiana). I decided I wanted to hone my skills in realism and began to put more effort into drawing portraits. These days I am trying to hone my character design muscles but the going is rough. I try not to fall into the trap of thinking that one must have talent to be good. Practice... doing, has always caused me to improve. Now, I also do 3D modeling in Blender, pixel art in Aesprite and Pixel Edit, and anything else I can get my hands on.
My grandmother, Rhea, brought home a keyboard and instruction book one day when I was 12. It was missing the middle C key. I took in interest in it and taught myself to play. I've tried an assortment of instruments since then: Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Violin. I haven't given up on the violin just yet, but Piano and Guitar stuck. I discovered FL Studio program in College and have been using it ever since. The music in my head, must be shared with the world, or at least with whoever will sit still!