The Life of Riley first appeared as a column in The Scribe Newspaper at Seminole State College of Florida (formerly SCC) and during its run earned 3 awards from The Florida Community College Press Association during 2005 and 2006. I became known around campus as Life of Riley and started to see what an impact my words had on others. Life of Riley balances upon the whole six degrees concept—things that happen to you in your life somehow, some way touch me. And I realized I could use this style of writing in various venues.
Discovering my writing voice while working on the Scribe staff, I also began exploring more fiction writing and eventually won First Place in the Veritas Flash Fiction Contest for Fried Oysters and an Honorable Mention Award from Writer’s Digest Magazine for my short story The Goldfish.
I went on to attend Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and it is there that I met my third and most important mentor, Award-Winning writer Connie May Fowler. Accepting and embracing brutal honesty and vast knowledge, I tiptoed into the literary world, beholding a vibrant feast of arts, literature, photography, music, and community.
Accelerating this concept I’m putting Life of Riley out there once again as a testament to the literary arts community as a whole. Incorporating stories of my own with those from friends and colleagues, I hope to draw parallels between our lives and yours, dear reader, offering humor, clarity and hopefully a little inspiration.
Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, sit awhile and join me in the Life of Riley.