I am left handed, and with that comes a responsibility. I grew up in New Jersey in the 60’s when schools practiced atomic bomb drills on a routine basis; where we sat in the hallways, our heads tucked between our knees. It was also a time when society was attempting to convert us left handed humans to be right handed I can remember my first day in fifth grade. The teacher asking, ‘Who is left handed?’ Her smile was encouraging so I raised my hand enthusiastically.
As she walked the aisles, handing out the shiny, new, sharp, pointy-ended scissors to each right handed student, she stopped at my desk, smiled broadly and handed me a set of dull, rounded-end scissors. There was no way I could cut the adjectives to describe how dull they were. Fortunately, getting caught running with them was a capital offense, so we had to hand them back after art period. The next day, the same drill, but slightly different– a trick!
‘Who is right handed?’ she asked. I was learning the run of the maze and raised my hand. The teacher once again handed out the shiny, new, sharp pointy-ended scissors to all the right handed students. Then she got to me. Same broad smile and once again handed me the dull, rounded-end scissors. I looked from her hands to her eyes.
“But I raised my hand that I was right handed!” I protested.
“You did indeed,” she replied. “But you raised your left hand!”
All was not lost that year. We had an assignment to write about anything that interested us. While other students wrote about George Washington or where oranges come from, I wrote my first short story, ‘The Wire.’ I received an A+ and the teacher read it aloud to the class. It was a sci-fi. My first. I was hooked.
So through years of schooling, I managed to get out of the system with a B.S. in Marine Sciences from Stockton University of New Jersey and began my career conducting research on bluefin tuna as a field biologist before attaining a position at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Connecticut. It was at Mystic I realized the enormous potential computer science would have for this industry and others. After obtaining postgraduate training in systems programming and computer science, I forged an impressive career in Information Technology in New York City.
So here I am. Embarking on a journey of writing sci-fi, picking up where I started in that hallway, my head tucked between my knees, holding a pair of dull, rounded-end scissors and waiting for the blast. I am excited about my work in progress and I hope you are too.
Having been a voracious reader, I stopped reading one day, disappointed in how the last several authors ended their stories. I made a promise to myself that I would never read another book until I published one with a killer ending. My debut novella, November Seed, is a page-turner and lives up to that promise. You can find out more about what I working on by clicking on the link above: (Works In Progress).