Over the past decade I’ve been a youth worker, an English teacher and a high school principal. I left teaching (before I did something that might land me in jail) to pursue a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counselling. That didn’t quite work out, and in a moment of insanity I applied for a job at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. For some obscure reason they decided to give it to me, so now I call myself a Happiness Engineer by day and help people to hammer their WordPress.com sites into shape.
I presume to call myself a writer, though I’ve yet to publish anything outside this blog (which requires me to actually finish something worth publishing first…it’s a vicious circle, I tell you). I’m also the founder and president of several secret societies, but I can’t tell you any more about that as the other members would be forced to kill me. Once I manage to recruit some members, that is. You wanna join? We have cool robes the wife sewed and you’ll get your own hammer. No? It was worth a shot.
I live on the north-east coast of South Africa in a region called Zululand, a place where bananas and mangoes grow wild, where the windows in your house are as likely to be broken by a monkey as by a burglar, and where in two months I’ve had more snake encounters than in my entire life up to now. I have palm trees in my garden and am five minutes away from the beach. I can learn to deal with the snakes.
I’m married to a wonderful woman who encourages my delusions of grandeur, buys me Legos for my birthday, and geeks out over Terry Pratchett, Harry Dresden and Doctor Who with me. Her mother’s pet name for her is Kokkelien. Do you believe in destiny?
She also illustrates my blog for me. You can find more of her work over on Squiggles and Scribbles.
We have the most adorable toddler on Earth, called Squishy *, though I like to refer to her as the Minion as I’m grooming her to take over my evil empire one day and enslave all humanity. Hang on. Did I say that out loud?
What else? I love the outdoors, especially hiking, and I go running once a year when the mood strikes me. I’m a fairly accomplished puppeteer and a decent baker. I own way too many books, but I can stop buying them anytime I want to. I don’t want to stop buying books.
Anything else you want to know? Leave a comment, or better yet, take a walk through the archives. My 100th post is a good place to start.
If you do the social media thing, look me up. I use KokkieH wherever I go, so I should be easy to find. In fact, scroll down just a little to follow my Facebook and Twitter pages without even leaving this screen.
Introduce yourself, throw around some hammers, and have fun.
* Not her real name