Frequently Asked Questions

These are not the answers you’re looking for. Some of those may be found in the welcome post or on the About page. And if you’re still confused after that, you can always contact me. However, it is impor­tant to get your FAQs straight, so we might as well tuck in.

How long have you been doing this?

Well, that depends on your defi­n­i­tion of “this”. According to my awesome mother, I’ve been telling stories ever since I could hold a crayon. Over the years, that crayon grew into a family that included a pencil, a pen, a type­writer, a computer and mobile devices. I used all of them to work on a wide variety of texts, my own and others’. So in a sense, I’ve been doing “this” all my life. My writing philos­ophy has always been: every text is a story, and every story deserves to be told well.

So what’s that puppy doing on this page?

First of all, who doesn’t like puppies? And my second dog was a black Lab, so I’m power­less to resist. Also, puppies are always curious, so they Frequently Ask Questions.

What is it like to be color blind?

Let me flip the ques­tion: what’s it like to see all those colors you guys keep rhap­sodizing about? In other words, I don’t know how it feels not to be color blind. I have red-green color blind­ness, most likely some form of anom­alous trichro­macy. That means I can’t tell whether that dress is blue or purple, whether that shrub is green or brown, whether that book cover is pink or gray. And don’t get me started on fancy “colors” like aqua, lilac, teal, violet, amber and indigo—they make no sense to me at all. It would be nice, however, to see a rainbow with more than two colors.

What is your favorite Star Wars movie?

Ouch, that’s like having to choose a favorite child. So far, I’m really liking the new batch that started with The Force Awakens, but the final show­down must be between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Objectively, Empire is the better movie of the two; still, I’ve got a soft spot for the orig­inal 1977 film, simply because of the sheer explo­sion of bril­liant creativity and imag­i­na­tive story­telling that it is. I’ll gladly forgive its incon­sis­ten­cies and tech­nical short­com­ings. And seri­ously, once the lights go down and you’ve seen the opening crawl fade into the distance and the Tantive IV flies in over­head, followed by—who am I kidding? No contest.

What is your astrological sign?

Seriously?

Why did it take you so long to start this website?

Wait, is this my alter ego? Hold on there, Sigmund! In my child­hood and adoles­cence, I wrote like my life depended on it. Stories, books, poetry, scrib­blings galore. I didn’t have a life, but I had words. Then I got a life. And that’s a good thing, because this life—ups and downs and all—gave me an amazing family and invalu­able friend­ships.

It also gave me a career that I devoted to writing lots of stuff for inspiring people who entrusted my with their ideas. But as I spent more and more time working on projects for clients and doing The Things One Does as an aspiring grown-up, my own writing slowly came to an inaudible grinding halt. The flow of ideas, however, didn’t. Fast forward to a moment nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita, and I figured it was time to do some­thing about it and get scrib­bling again.

That why I’m here, and that’s why I’m happy you joined me here.

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Image credit: André Spieker (adapted from: source)