I updated my LinkedIn Summary and thought, "’What the heck, I’ll put it on yonder blogspot, too. Fancy that.’ So, here we goes…
JOE MARTIN’S SUMMARY
Late '80s: This skinny, pimply, mulleted youth, straight out of high school, fell into the publishing biz as an illustrator, designer, writer, and editor. Didn't finish college, to his parents' chagrin. Music of choice: U2, Guns N' Roses, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, INXS, Journey, Queen.
The '90s: Got my ears pierced, got glasses, gained some muscle, lost the mullet, and created and/or headed up many successful projects, primarily in toys, games, and magazines. I wrote comic books and had a lot of fun. Music of choice: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, The Crystal Method, Loreena McKennitt.
The '00s: I lost the earrings and most of the muscle, gained some flubber, continued to edit (magazines mostly), and wrote stories on the side, getting paid for a few of them. Got married and started a family. Started college (finally). Music of choice: Radiohead, The White Stripes, Audioslave, Tenacious D, System of a Down, Flogging Molly, The Zutons.
The '10s: Finished college, acquiring a degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Still write. Still edit. The rest remains to be seen. Music of choice: The Decemberists, Muse, Apocalyptica, Arctic Monkeys, Ray LaMontagne, Jack Johnson, Soundtrack and Score Music.
Okay, so now the plan (this decade) is to diversify financial support for my growing family by working in both the health care and publishing settings (as much as I can take it), while also continuing to indulge my need to write stories and have them published, an unyielding infatuation that simply refuses to go away. Maybe lose a little weight, too.