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And now, allow me to answer all the questions you probably didn’t ask…
My name is Ken McGowan. I’m a forty-something year old Christian, husband, and father living near Portland, Oregon.
My faith and family are my core, the reasons behind everything else I do. I’ve been happily married to April McGowan since 1990, and together we’re raising and home-schooling two truly wonderful kids.
Professionally speaking, I’m a software engineer (and now manager, yikes) at a small company in downtown Portland, Oregon. I love what I do for a living, so much so that on the best days it doesn’t feel like work.
I’m a fan of video games, movies, short fiction, comics, and the occasional novel. The common thread that runs through all these things and ties them back to me is story. If the story is good and well-told, if it resonates with emotion and truth, if it draws me in and connects me to something deeper in the human experience, then I’m in. The medium is a secondary concern.
I’ll admit, video games have a special attraction for me. I’m not really what you’d call a “gamer” in the typical sense, but I love games, especially those that tell great stories. Video games are also a comparatively new phenomena. We’re only just beginning to figure out what they are and how to use them to tell stories well. It’s not often we get to witness the emergence of a truly new art form. I’ll be taking notes.
I also collect typewriters, a hobby that grew out of the fact that the most productive writing periods in my life all took place using these elegant machines. That, and typewriters are just intrinsically cool. :) Think of them as sports cars for writers (most of whom can’t afford actual sports cars).
I have a strong interest in Japanese culture and language, but I’ve never been able to travel to Japan. There was a time when I was slowly walking to Mt. Fuji so I could spend some quality time immersed in the culture, but persistent health issues have brought that to an end, at least for now. I’m hopeful I’ll be able to pick this up again someday, even if it’s in a different form.
Besides all that, I have a lot of sometimes-hobbies. I’ve tinkered with electronic music and composition since high school. I started dabbling in amateur photography a few years back. I enjoy studying philosophy, logic, and mathematics. I like the idea of gardening, but
it really doesn’t like me The situation has worsened since I originally wrote that. I don’t know what I ever did to them, but gardening and the outdoors have come to despise me and would just as soon kill me as photosynthesize. We avoid each other now. It’s for the best.
So, I have a lot going on. Maybe too much, really, but that’s fine by me. There aren’t enough hours in a day, there are too few days in a lifetime for everything I want to learn and accomplish.