I'm Ryan. In High School I wrote these books for a fun little game my brothers were working on called Myst. It turned out the game wasn't so little and ended up selling over 12 million copies worldwide. I was going to school and my brothers started working on a sequel and I wondered why I was in school. So I left school and started cleaning bathrooms for Cyan. (We all have to earn our place.)
I eventually designed worlds and puzzles, I wrote histories and characters and dialog, and I edited sound and videos and images. I even dressed up in a Moiety Scout costume and "acted". I helped to create video games for over 10 years.
During my time at Cyan, my wife and I had our third child and we needed a birthday invitation for her. I made one. My wife liked it. So, we started a company called Mango Ink that sold invitations to other people who might want them. That was over 10 years ago. It still rocks out holiday cards and wedding invites and even some wall art.
While at Cyan and doing Mango Ink on the side, I wrote some books. The first was a fiction book (Inkarri) and the second was a non-fiction (The Naked Fruit). I had an agent but no one jumped so I started to publish books myself through Mango Ink. Why not? I wrote a third non-fiction (Everything Breathes) a little later.
While at Cyan, a church - New Community - offered me a job. That made no sense (which made a lot of sense) so I took it and became a pastor. The chance to be creative in another venue - speaking - seemed fun. My first year of pastoring was like being thrown in the ocean and told to survive. I did. I actually loved it.
In 2010 we planted a new church, Branches. I still clean bathrooms from time to time and and also speak about life, faith, humanity, and God. I also get to meet and talk to amazing human beings every week.
In 2014, I took some of the wall art - especially the stuff centered around air travel, airplanes, and airports (more things I love) and moved it to its own site where it could live and breathe and thrive without holiday cards all around it. That site is called 08left.
I ended up with all these projects all over the place and figured it would be nice to combine them all into one spot so.
So here it is.
I have an amazing wife who I've been married to for over 21 years (and I still really really like her) and I have 3 pretty astounding kids.
I'm Ryan. I do have two middle initials. And this is my site.