Let's begin at the beginning...
In 7th grade, I started writing in a journal.
Though overuse of the term "shitty" rendered these early attempts a bit simplistic, this first experience transferring thought to paper changed my life. I began to recognize the authority of words, playing with them, learning to bend and break rules of grammar and usage to suit my purposes.
In college, I majored in English...both times.
Here, I discovered a knack for writing, churning out 15 to 20-page papers on a regular basis. In graduate school (many years and two kids later), I excelled at research, albeit sometimes blurring the lines of acceptable academic prose to the chagrin of my professors.
I spent 11 years working in the Oil & Gas Industry.
Before graduate school, I spent more than a decade working for companies like EOG Resources and Chesapeake Energy. In these years, I developed business writing chops, drafting formal emails to coworkers, superiors, and affiliate landmen at other companies. I was also tasked with generating letters (often on company letterhead) to landowners and their attorneys.
Today, my singular goal is to make a living playing with my first best friend.
Though my range has expanded since middle school to include business, academic and journalistic approaches...
... I still love the word "shitty."