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About Me

I first dreamed of becoming a writer at the age of 13. On a whim, I entered a short story contest sponsored by my local library…and won first place.

In the ensuing years, I wrote a lot. Several manuscripts, one of which I turned into a published novel. I discovered blogging. Got a part-time job doing doing book reviews. Taught myself SEO and began landing freelance gigs. In 2012, a medical consulting company hired me as their first ever Content Specialist, and I was finally able to call myself a professional writer. It’s very gratifying to get paid for doing what you love.

I have called the Pacific Northwest home since 1994, but change is in the air. My wife and I are relocating to Rapid City, South Dakota in the summer of 2018. Fortunately, in this day and age, writing is something that can be done anywhere.

Please feel free to visit often. I like to think of my site as a sort of virtual one-stop shopping experience! My blog is here, and would love a few new followers. I’ve also created a Fiction page devoted to my novels and short stories. And if you need help with a writing or editing project, I am always accepting new clients. No job is too small (or too big!). Check out my services and drop me a line if you’d like a quote.

Thank you for stopping by!

 

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18 replies

  1. Thanks! I like your comment. 🙂

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    • That article about the “dogs playing poker tapestry. I have that. I got it from my grandmother. @ me on Twitter so we can talk about it @TheRealVOD

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  2. Thank you very much, Audrey! And welcome aboard. 🙂

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  3. NOW you’ve struck a chord. Those maple bacon bars from Voodoo are the best! I’m going downtown tomorrow…I just may have to have one. In honor of you, of course!

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  4. Thanks, Jim! Appreciate the kind words. I’ll be sure to check out your blog, too.

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  5. Sure thing, Carl. Let me know when you have the link, and I’ll help you with posting it. There’s no rule against promoting a book that you have written…I follow a lot of author blogs and everybody does it. 🙂

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    • I am ready now. Mark I am going to have 100 or so copies of my first 3 cartoon books 100 pics each run off at the local printer to at least get out a first edition of each for my followers and hopefully have more professional printings with perfect binding later. My question is that wordpress indicates no advertising which I do not do but is it OK to promote one’s own book as a post, in widgets column and on about page? I have worked very hard to build my network and do not want to do anything to piss them off and kick me out. Thanks. Just a second back up Q to be sure. I would appreciate your help posting it these ways when I get them printed. I am self publish and self sell with money orders only until I can get some promotion going. Also the personal email I have for you is not working. Please resend that so we do not communicate on your blog.

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  6. It’s liberating, in more ways than one. I never was true to myself during my marriage. Now, I’m engaged to the woman of my dreams, and haven’t sacrificed even the tiniest bit of who I am. You can do it, too – good luck!

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  7. I need to use that as a tagline. Mark Petruska: making dreams all the more dreamy! LOL. If you want to make it happen, go for it. I lived in CA before moving here and always felt a pull toward the Pacific Northwest. I followed my dream and have never regretted it. You can do the same!

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  8. You have a spare velvet Elvis lying around?! LOL. Yes, I still want one!

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  9. Aww, thanks! Umm…I think…

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  10. You absolutely should. Even after 20+ years, I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

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