I've done many things and been many places during my life. Currently I manage the business end of a retail, imported rug seller in the San Diego, California area. In addition, I operate the occasional group tour and teach and tutor English to non-native speakers. I find that I am moving more and more toward writing as more than a hobby but as a serious endeavor. My ability to write was heavily influenced by my experiences as a union representative and real estate agent. These experiences forced me into a very strict style of writing - a style that I am trying to change.