I gladly thank Roberta for allowing me to introduce myself to a wider audience. I love the idea of Project BMG and I hope some you will enjoy my blog at charlesewaugh.com.
I am a first time author who took up writing after retiring from my regular job. As an author, I have a media kit with four different length Bios. Here is the ‘Long Bio’ which I hope gives you a good introduction.
Charles E. Waugh has loved reading science fiction for more than half a century. Like many children born in the middle of the 20th century, he wanted to be an astronaut. When that wasn’t possible, he did the next best thing and earned a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from the University of Rochester.
After a short stint in the elevator business, he settled on a career in data processing, including almost 25 years as an independent consultant in the healthcare claims processing industry.
In 1991, Charles discovered a love for scuba diving. Winter vacations away from the New York metropolitan area became the norm, with many trips to the Caribbean islands. He and his wife Alice really enjoyed traveling, including the picturesque beaches, the local specialty foods and the great histories behind each new stop.
After taking a cruise to see a full solar eclipse in 1998 off the coast of Curacao, they acquired a taste for cruising, including trips to the Mediterranean, Norway, Scotland, England, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, the Panama Canal, Alaska, Bermuda, New England, Canada, and, of course, the Caribbean.
Traveling around the United States is also a priority. Each anniversary, Charles and Alice pick a new state to visit. In the 23 years they have been married, they have visited 30 states. Whenever they can, they go on tours that highlight local history, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, and even local ghost tours. You tend to find out many interesting facts about an area on those ghost tours.
Upon retirement Charles wrote his first science fiction novel, Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance, the first of a Trilogy. While working on Book 2, he took up blogging about his many travel experiences, featuring his extensive photography collection.
Charles lives with his wife in the Greensboro, NC area, and enjoys visiting his many children and grandchildren around the country. He is an avid pool player and loves to play golf when not writing.
Besides the travel blogging, I have also taken to writing some poetry, which has been eye opening to one who was only going to be a novelist. You never know what paths will open up to you in this voyage through life. Here is a sample poem I just wrote for Sunday Photo Fiction:
On Darkest Nights
On darkest nights when moon is gone,
The streetlight shines, your path too long.
The lamps are few and far between,
The shadows loom, they seem so mean.
Don’t look back, just keep the pace,
Don’t run all scared, it’s not a race.
Listen well, discern a sound,
Some creature has to be around,
To snap that branch or scuff that walk,
Put up your hood, don’t make a squawk.
You must get home and safe again,
Stop freaking out, too scared you’ve been.