joeforrest.com – creative writing, magick, and other stuff

So, you want to know something about me?

Well, here’s a lot of stuff about me. I’m a writer, chaos magician, internet technology/website hosting guru, pop culture enthusiast, comic book mega-nerd, and part-time supervillain just trying to take over the make my way in this crazy world. This website is my interwebs Fortress of Doom. I think I’m pretty awesome but you’ve obviously come to this page for some insight into who I am.

I have a creative writing degree with a focus on entertainment writing (Fiction, Screen Writing, Comic Book Scripting, etc.)

My focus genre falls firmly in the science fiction & fantasy realms but I’ve done a smattering of non-fiction articles in addition to my blog writing. You can find my work on my portfolio page if you’d like to take a look. I’ve written everything from technical manuals to political diatribes to speculative fiction over the years, so my experience is pretty diverse. I also like helping others succeed which is why I write my Writer’s Corner series with articles like 20 Tips for New Writers and Just Write.

My personal passion is writing and helping others become better writers and get the exposure they deserve.

I offer several writer services and serve as a tech expert affiliate for a hosting company focused on writers, Writer’s Corner Hosting. I help develop writer websites for fun and profit and I’m well-versed in the vagaries of WordPress having worked with the CMS for most of a decade now. You can check out a bit of my tech expertise in the articles Author Websites and Peep this, yo! SSL, SEO, Google, & You.

My Super Secret Origin Story

I was born in the summer of 1979.  According to legend, I started out as a tumor, very much due to the fact that I was raised in a town with the equivalent IQ of three cows and some dirt. This dire prognosis made my mother very sad as she thought she was dying of cancer. The doctor’s decided it would be in my mother’s best interest to irradiate her via chemotherapy treatment. Unfortunately, another genius doctor who actually went to a reputable school of medicine thought to give her a pregnancy test on the next visit because her tumor had tripled in size quicker than expected. Thus, I was not irradiated nor did I gain the superpowers I so richly deserved.

I remember my mother reading me issues of Spider-man and Captain America comics in the mid-80’s as bedtime stories. I couldn’t be bothered with the rather inane stories of the Brothers Grimm, or the little Disney story books. I wanted action! I wanted heroic fisticuffs! I wanted KA-BOOM’s and KER-POW’s! Dear old mom wouldn’t make the sound effect noises, though, so I had to do them myself once I learned to read. I also fell in love with doodling little dinosaur comics around this time. My drawing ability hasn’t improved much since. This was also when I began to feel a powerful need to assert my world dominance over every-fucking-thing.

Flashing forward, mom and dad got divorced so I pretty much drowned myself in fictitious worlds of wonder. I bought The Dark Knight Returns at a comic shop in Atlanta when we visited my sister once. It was the tits. I remember when the lights went out in the southeastern states due to a horrendous winter storm, I discovered Stephen King and his Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, in those dark, candlelit nights. King begat Herbert who begat Asimov and so on and so forth.

A few years later in high school, I discovered the joy of weird cerebral comics. Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, among others, introduced me to the world that took place only in dreams and the imagination. It introduced a concept to me…comics that were smart. I wanted to do smart comics. I just had to learn a thing or two about a thing or two.

Time went on in a haze of drugs and alcohol until I got married and cloned myself into three smaller versions of myself. During that time I joined the United States Air Force. The USAF kept me busy so I didn’t really have time to write but I’ve experienced a great many cultures and I’ve seen the world. I’m a veteran of both Operation: Enduring Freedom and Operation: Iraqi Freedom. I’m a daily survivor of PTSD and I’m a huge proponent of getting the right mental health help if you’re suffering from feelings of depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue. For those vets out there who may be finding it challenging to cope, please check out the VA Mental Health website for resources. For all you others out there who may be suffering silently, please seek out professional help if you’re feeling this way. Suicide is definitely not the answer. We need you here. You’re important.

I was given the AF boot due to Congress being a bunch of dick bags and an injury which had made it very hard to keep up my physical fitness. The soon to be ex-wife and I parted ways, so I suddenly had time to invest in myself for the first time in over a decade. I got a fantastic paying job at two different companies but I absolutely hated working there, so when events happened that gave me another out I couldn’t avoid, I welcomed it. I also met a super-awesome woman who helped change my outlook on everything. I’m not sure if soul mates are real but if they are, I’ve found mine. Now I work for a major IT company doing tech support. The job is great and gives me plenty of time to pursue my writing.

I’m also a chaos magician.

I’m full-time student of the occult and I’m a practicing magician. Now, before you get out the pitchforks or the strait jacket you should really keep an open mind. I promise you that the secrets to the universe (which I don’t know just yet, btw) don’t lie in the pages of a book or on the sermons of a pulpit. They lie within us all, in the internal universe that operates in our thinky bits. I’ve questioned both authority and societal norms since I was a child and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. If you keep that open mind along with an open heart you might actually learn something insightful. You can check out some of my chaos magick posts and decide for yourself.

Working, writing, living…this is what I am.

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