Creativity has been a driving force in my life, though not always in ways that would traditionally be considered artistic. I remember leaving a job at a commodities trading firm partly because the company didn’t actually “create” anything physical. While working in technology as a network engineer, programmer, and inventor, I was always creating. Sometimes it was tangible things like diskless thin clients, and other times it was less tangible things like code and algorithms. I’m here to tell you that good code is like art, with the potential to be both intricate and eloquent. And bad code . . . well, it’s just plain ugly.
Creativity comes in many forms, and we should recognize it in those around us, those who create food and shelter, those who create smiles and laughter, those who create solutions to our most difficult problems, and those who create stories that remind us we are human.
As a reader, I always knew I would write. I told my wife on our first date that I would write novels–she didn’t really believe me at the time but I let it slide. There is something wonderful about telling a story. Words have become my most powerful tool, and creating is what I wish to do most.