CREATOR, WORDSMITH

THE BOOK

Arrow in the Armor Vol 1 is a collection of wordplay not eloquent enough to be called poetry. Some of my favorite pieces I've wrote over the last 10 years.

THE PUBLICATION

A monthly publication on lifestyle, arts, culture, & creativity.

IDEAS, IDEALS AND A PASSION


FOR (ALMOST) ALL THINGS CREATIVE

I am a writer, award-winning but humble designer, decorator, artist, hooligan, and entrepreneur. I live in escapism and use creativity as an outlet. I currently reside in rural Western Iowa with my wife and daughters. I am a music and movie fanatic. Among those things previously mentioned - I golf. I enjoy politics and American history. Fiction or non-fiction, I'll read either. I have a deep interest in tattooing - especially American traditional.

  • MOVIES

    WHAT I WATCH

    If you don’t know me personally, I’m a movie fanatic. Some of my favorites include:

    The Exorcist, The Shawshank Redemption, Army of Darkness, The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta, 30 Days of Night, The Underworld series, Evil Dead, Hori Smoku Documentary, Rumors of War III, Marvel movies, Donnie Darko, Pulp Fiction, American History X and many more.

  • MUSIC

    WHAT I HEAR

    I’ve had a fascination with music for as long as I can remember. It’s one of the best therapies I know of. Some of my favorites include:

    Alice In Chains, Hurt, Chevelle, Static X, Rob Zombie, The Cringe, Device, Citizen Cope, Sweatshop Union, A Perfect Circle, Muse and many more depending on my mood.

  • WORDS

    WHAT I READ

    I enjoy reading books and graphic novels when I have time.

    1984, Common Sense, The Brand You 50, Arguing with Idiots, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, The Little Red Book of Selling, Lord of the Flies, Where the Red Fern Grows, Cell, 30 Days of Night, Outcast, Marvel works

  • CREATE

    WHAT I DO

    Creativity shines through in many different ways. Primarily, I write, and do graphic/web design.

    I am available for freelance work. Contact me here and we’ll see if we’re a good fit.

    I also enjoy drawing, painting (occasionally), photography, tinkering and decorating.

Skills // Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Muse, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Typography, Layout, Copywriting, Content Creation, Project Management, Web Design, Business Development, Internet Advertising, Print Advertising, Vinyl Application, Conceptualization (Think Tank)

The Memiors // These are my adventures. This is me going for broke and highlighting my successes and failures along the way. My latest projects and any advice on design, marketing and creating. I used to blog before that was the "thing" to do. I've deleted most of my blogs over the years solely because they didn't feel authentic - they felt forced. I'm working on changing that - here. (Disclaimer - I provide no warranties, guarantees or liabilities in relation to the content of this blog.)

  • IDEAS, IDEALS AND A PASSION FOR (ALMOST) ALL THINGS CREATIVE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Creative Writing

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    ideas, ideals and a passion for (almost) all things creative has been a personal tagline that I’ve had as part of my branding for the last couple years.

    To this day it still sums up my approach to work and life. Whether I’m getting paid to create a functional new website for a client or drawing with my 5 year old daughter. My daughter has taught me so much about being creative. She lets her ideas flow with reckless abandon. She puts it all on the paper and I’ve been working on doing the same. To create for the sake of creating and not for monetary reasons. She’s really helped me embrace creative avenues that I love but may not be the most talented at. I’ve starting drawing and illustrating again – something I hadn’t focused on at all in over a decade. She’s even got me interested in painting. I’m no longer worried about being the best or comparing my work to others – I leave it all on the page.

    I was born and raised in rural western Iowa. That neighborly mentality is how I approach all my interactions. I do what I say I’m going to do when I say I’m going to do it. I think honest relationships whether business or personal are becoming harder and harder to come by and I won’t associate myself with dishonest people. Life’s too short to play games.

    This year I’ve been determined to change my perspective…that life is a journey not a destination. It relax more…be anxious less and enjoy the simple things that life offers. Sounds cliche, but I ad spent a lot of time so worried and focused on the future I missed out on the present. Throughout the last 12 months, I’ve been taking small but meaningful steps towards living life the way I’ve always wanted. Instead trying to leap I’ve been much more strategic and it’s paid off – I’ve launched Origin Brothers, LLC as well as self-published my first book. Don’t let your passion go dormant – live it everyday.

    If you’re visiting my site for the first time – please take some time and read some of the poetry/wordplay posts below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • THE TRAGIC DEATH OF MISS ISABELLE GREENE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Poetry

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    Overcast skies cool autumn breeze
    Green leaves no longer colorful deceit
    Quaint little cottage solitary and neat
    Faint wail of the banshee sight unseen
    The tragic death of Miss Isabelle Greene
    Muted gold from a swaying latern
    Swaying flame stating swaying pattern
    Staying same barely staying sane
    She’s staring intently at the rain
    Graze her fingers against the wall
    As she walks she talks to them all

    Broken cups abound and shattered plates
    Cracked porcelain sink battered gates
    Water puddles in the mud where she laid
    Final resting place naked and afraid
    Faint wail of the banshee sight unseen
    The tragic death of Miss Isabelle Greene

  • A WARRIOR WAITS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Creative Writing, Poetry

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    Beneath the gray sky and barren trees
    Isolated snowflakes drift in the breeze
    Silent as can be…
    Beneath the gray sky and barren trees
    A warrior waits…

    In a vast field of flowers and tall grasses
    Quiet and still a forfeit to the masses
    Still as can be…
    In a vast field of flowers and tall grasses
    A warrior waits…

    On a desolate dry and dusty desert
    Calm as death  below a radiant sun
    Secluded as can be…
    On a desolate dry and dust desert
    A warrior waits…

    Within an old, abandoned home
    Where rodents and roaches roam
    Sinister as can be…
    Within an old, abandoned home
    A warrior waits…

    Behind the concrete, past the plastic
    Beyond the glass, above the sick
    Swaddled as can be…
    Behind the concrete, past the plastic
    Two warriors wait…to go home

Address // P.O. Box 48
Arcadia, IA 51430

Telephone nr. // (712) 790-9459

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