Well, this came out longer than I expected. Sorry, but I do cover a lot of ground, so have a cup of of your favorite beverage, and have a leisurely read.
Just today, Tynan suggested I make a post on the community board. Here it is. I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself rather than try and wow anyone—not that I'd wow anyone necessarily, but I'd be kidding you if I said I wouldn't try.
That said, my name is Richard Crockett. That's how I introduce myself in formal situations, but I go by "Rick." It's too hard to say "Rick Crockett." It sounds like "Rick Rocket," and though that would be a cool name, it is not mine. I always put the "G.," for "Garrett," in the middle when I write it out. I started doing that so my friends could find me on Google. Later, one of my author friends told me to stick with that because an artist's name is his brand.
In my little bio, it says, "Professional woodcarver, amateur writer, eternal student." That's true enough. I make a living carving wood—not much of one, but a living. I could do better, but I have so many activities that my time gets spread thin. My favorite girl says I should not say "amateur writer" because that implies you are not serious or not really competent. I pointed out to her that it is only when you say amateur alone that it is derogatory, but when you use it to modify another word, like "athlete," it just means that you don't get paid. In no way does it mean that you are lousy at something, and reasonably educated people understand that. I write a lot. It so happens that I wrote a Roman period historical novel over the summer. It was a continuation of a an earlier project that I could not complete because I did not know enough history and enough Latin and Greek to read original sources. I actually am a college student too. I returned to school because I wanted to rewrite my first draft with higher skill and understanding. I have heard of people who could teach themselves Latin and Greek on their own. I'm not one of them. And the books that I thought were good history books turned out to be hardly better than children's introductions to the subject. This I discovered when I got into graduate school where I study history at Fresno State in California. I got my BA in classical literature and language last year. No brag. In my final year, the bar was so high I could barely pull "C"s. But I did learn how to read primary sources in the original languages—just not fast enough to score well on tests.