I would like to be awarded Uncle of the Year, if not by “the Academy”, at least by my sisters family. My niece and nephew were roughly 2 and 4 when I started writing for them. They inspired me every day. I aimed to inspire them as well.
I’m in my forties now and I’ve seen a bit of the world. It thrills me to share my experiences and expose them to opportunities I never dreamed of as a child. I often apply a dramatic flair and a twist of humor. They amaze me months, even years later, when snippets of these tales appear in their thoughts and observations.
I have worked as a software developer for over twenty years. It is my day job. My mornings, however, are free with imagination and creativity. I sat at the same cafe for the better part of a year, grinning like an idiot, putting these illustrations and stories together, bit by bit, as a Christmas gift for my niece and nephew. Those mornings provided some of the most liberating and rewarding moments of my year.