A Quick Primer
I write books for a living, including:
- memoir-style travel stories (Come Back Frayed, Iceland India Interstate, My Exile Lifestyle)
- novels and fiction series (Puncture Up, Ordovician, A Tale of More, Real Powers)
- short story collections (7 or 8 Ways to End the World, So This Is How I Go, Mean Universe, Coffee with the Other Man)
- and nonfiction essay collections (Becoming Who We Need To Be, Some Thoughts About Relationships, Considerations, Act Accordingly)
I speak on a variety of topics at international venues, sometimes to large crowds and sometimes to smaller, more intimate audiences. I’ve spoken at four TEDx events, a Samsung product launch, many and diverse conferences, and more tour stops than I can count.
A Little More Information
I’m originally from California, grew up in Missouri, and travel full-time.
I’m 32-years-old, left-handed, and am currently learning to cook and play piano.
I’ve written a few dozen books, spread out across both fiction and nonfiction. I co-founded Asymmetrical Press with my business partners, and I run a blog called Exile Lifestyle that brings in a few million readers a year.
I speak to groups from around the world on topics ranging from nonstandard lifestyles to relationships to authenticity in the reputation economy. I regularly speak about travel and minimalism, and sometimes wax poetic about the future of the publishing industry.
My lifestyle is oriented around travel, pursuing knowledge, and new, interesting experiences. I travel full-time, regularly moving for a period of months to countries voted on by my readers. In between those stays I do train trips through Europe, bus trips through South America, and book tours through the US. The principle connecting these activities is the desire to consistently challenge myself and expose myself to new ideas, all of which informs my work.
I went to school for design and illustration, and after working for a few studios and institutions as a designer and developer, I started and ran a branding studio in LA. After experiencing some financial success, I refocused my attention on being happier, healthier, and doing work I believe in; a dramatic adjustment to my metrics of success. Shortly thereafter I got rid of everything I owned that didn’t fit into a carry-on bag and hit the road. That was in 2009, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I wrote newspaper columns part-time in high school and continued to do so all the way through my university career. I started blogging while in LA, and today my books are how I make my living.
My written work includes philosophical meanderings, essays about digital curation, speculative science fiction collections, and short stories about relationships. I write about travel, minimalism, business, and anything else that catches my attention and to which I might have something valuable to add.
I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living, and to share my ideas, characters, stories, and questions with so many people. Everything I publish is produced because I can’t not make it; I love the words and concepts too much to keep them to myself.
I’m active on social media, particularly Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Periscope, and Facebook. I see these platforms as tools in a maker’s communication tool belt, ideal for certain types of storytelling and information sharing. I try to use them accordingly.