“Where did these rocks come from?” asked the geology professor.
The fifty or so students ambling among the pile of stones at the bottom of the hill offered answers in tentative voices: a Precambrian ocean, an ancient river, the continental shelf….
The professor shouted “No!” to each answer.
Then a skinny, prematurely balding student pointed at the top of the hill with his rock hammer and said in a ringing voice, “They come from up there!”
“Exactly!” boomed the professor.
That skinny boy was me. I’ve always had a flair for pointing out the embarrassingly obvious. Friends and colleagues say I have a gift for explanation, clarification, synthesis.
I’m also fascinated by darned near everything.
Which explains why I: Have a geology degree, nearly earned a degree in biology, nearly earned a master’s degree in journalism, spent a decade as a magazine writer and editor, did five-and-a-half-years of night school to get a master’s degree in financial analysis (of all things), and once tried my hand as an independent financial consultant.
I like challenges. If I feel ignorant about something, that motivates me to figure it out.
Other than my growing number of publications at Hot Water Press, my work credits include:
- DFW Writers’ Conference, for which I was Director in 2011
- Founder and sole member of Jeff Posey Enterprises LLC, the business entity for my published work at Hot Water Press
- Javelin Marketing Group, where I labored on more than 80 pitches to prospective clients and placed nearly 50 stories in the trade press
- Carter & Burgess Inc. (now Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.), where I managed external and internal communications
- Free Range Communications Group Inc., a marketing/communications company I founded and managed for five years
- VHA Inc., where I started up and managed a book-publishing division
- American Way magazine where I managed more than fifty freelance writers and started up a fiction section
- D Magazine, where as City Editor covering Dallas politics I learned over and over that nothing is as it seems
- Sun Exploration and Production Co., where I looked for (and found) oil and gas deposits
- The University of Dallas, The University of Texas at Arlington, and Fun/Ed Inc. (now defunct), where I taught people how to write fiction
- Communications project management contract work for Comerica Bank and The Dallas Morning News.
Along the way, I’ve earned an award for investigative magazine journalism, gathered more than a dozen speaking awards with Toastmasters International, and published about a half-dozen short stories with small literary magazines.