About Sean


Also see: History of the .org

I’ve heard it said that the most successful and interesting people in the world never decided what they wanted to be when they grew up. That may explain a lot about me.

Hi. I was born on 1976.03.18 in Sylvania, Ohio, a northern suburb of Toledo, where I’ve lived for pretty much all of my life so far. My father was a visual artist and architectural delineator — clients gave him blueprints of things they wanted to build, and he’d show them what they’d look like with ink drawings, paintings, and computer graphics — who worked for several firms in Toledo before starting his own in 1987, which he ran until his death in 2008. My mother was a housewife who became my father’s secretary once he started his own business (and did a bit of CAD work herself) and retired following his death and health complications.

After high school I spent a year at Antioch College as a music composition major, then began working for my father’s company, designing advertising and building websites. I also had my own private website design practice and worked on a number of websites involving professional wrestling during its boom period in the mid-late 1990s; I spent over a year writing for CBS Sportsline when it operated Wrestleline.com.

Following a number of personal changes I gave up my website design business and launched seanshannon.org (or “the .org”) on 2000.11.11, thenreturned to college at The University of Toledo┬áthe next year, where I earned my B.A. in Creative Writing and my M.A. in English Literature. While I was there my novella “Something Better” won the Dean’s Essay Prize in Creative Writing. I was President of Spectrum (the campus GLBT student group) and also made waves by attempting to form a student group for kinky students at the university (I am also a safer sex/safer kink educator and advocate).

Since graduation I’ve worked as a freelance writer and part-time English instructor, in addition to several writing projects. The manuscript for my first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wobegon, was shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize. I am working on getting the novel published soon, in addition to other pursuits.

Although much has changed about the .org since it was launched in 2000, I try to keep the site a unique place that will be of interest to many. It is my hope that the examples of my artistry up here, my blogs, and everything else I do online will entertain and enlighten. I cannot promise to succeed in those endeavours, but I promise to try.

My e-mail address is my first name at this domain. Thank you for reading. Take care and be well.

– Sean

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