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. 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). She passed away in 2016.

After high school I spent a year at Antioch College as a music composition major, then I 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 (but the less said about that, the better).

Following a number of personal changes, I gave up my website design business and launched seanshannon.org (or “the .org”) on 2000.11.11, then I returned 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.

Since graduation I’ve worked as a freelance writer and part-time English instructor, and I’ve also pursued several writing projects. The manuscript for my first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wiishkoban, was shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize and a quarterfinalist for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and I’ve also written two books of critical thinking exercises for Humanities classes, among other nonfiction works.

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 my art, my blogs, and everything else I do online will entertain and enlighten. I can’t 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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