Cover image for L. Jagi Lamplighter’s book “The Art and Craft of Writing”
A little over two years ago, a small group of aspiring authors accepted an invitation from L. Jagi Lamplighter to take an online writing class she was developing. Since it was in its nascent phase, she called it her “Guinea Pig” class. Guess who the lab rats were?
I took the class for three reasons. The first was I had the time, fortunately. The second was because, being “experimental,” Jagi offered a terrific discount, and third (and most important), I knew I had to “up my game” as a writer.
Up until that point, I was fueled on classes I’d taken in the very distant past, those books on writing that I’d managed to lay my hands on, and a lot of imagination.
That wasn’t going to be enough if I really wanted to become at least semi-skilled at writing interesting stories.
So I took her class and, in the process, not only began to improve my craft, but I met a group of really great people at the same time.
I’ve spent a long time considering breaking into the fiction market, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a published author in other genres. Once upon a time, I wrote technical books, some having to do with IT certifications, others with operating systems and associated software (I was really familiar with Microsoft’s SharePoint product for a while), and general desktop support.
But my first love, so to speak, was Cengage Learning’s text-book originally called Guide to TCP/IP. I’ve been involved as a contributor since the 2nd edition, although back then, I made editorial updates to just one chapter.
By the 4th edition, I’d written so much of the book (just over 50%), that I earned cover credit, although because my name wasn’t well-known in the industry, I got a “with” under the other authors.
However, for the 5th edition, I was asked to be the lead author. The reason was simple. I had the most discretionary time to devote to the book (or so everyone thought), so I could take the lead on this one. That decision was made May 2015.
Since then, my life fell apart.