About Richard Lowe Jr

About Richard Lowe Jr
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Ah, how do I describe me? How do I put the essentials of this person known as Richard Lowe into a short profile? How does one publish the essence of self into a few paragraphs? That is the puzzle and here is the answer.

Starting a Career as a Professional Author

In 2013, I decided to leave my job of 20 years and start a new career as a professional author, ghostwriter, blogger and copywriter. I’d been managing a team of IT professionals as the Director of Technical Services and Computer Operations for Trader Joe’s for almost 20 years. I was on call 24×7 managed the Just In Time merchandising and warehousing systems, and my team operated the disaster site. It was time to go, move to a new place, start a new career, and build a new life.

Besides, my lifelong dream has always been to be a professional author.

Since that time, I have become a ghostwriter, with over a dozen books under my belt, and I’ve published 63 books of my own. These are available on Richard Lowe Jr, professional author, ghostwriter, blogger and copywriterAmazon for the Kindle, in paperback and hardcover, and in audiobook. One of my most recent bestsellers is Focus on LinkedIn, which gives advice on how to use LinkedIn to create a personal brand, increase your income and improve your professional network.

Additionally, I’m publishing a series of coloring books with drawings based on my photographs.

Life is What you Make it

Throughout my existence, I have had  a quirky sense of humor as life is full of joy and wonder. This little ball of rock, mud, and water that we all share known as Earth is an incredible place, with many secrets to discover. Beings fill our corner of the universe, some happy and some sad, each of whom have their individual story to tell. My philosophy is to take life with a light heart; I approach each day as a new source of joy and happiness. Those things which are evil or malicious get ignored, discarded or defeated; good gets helped, enriched and fulfilled.

Life is what you make it, so make it good! - Richard Lowe Jr Click To Tweet

Richard Lowe at Universal StudiosI’ve spent the day hiking the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree after the spring rains, crawling over boulders and peering at Indian pictographs. I’ve been on boats to the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, and I’ve stared in fascination at wasps building their homes in Anza-Borrego. I love walking the beaches of California, seeing the mountains, hiking through the snow and smelling the desert after a rainstorm. Now that I live in Florida, I’m sure I’ll explore the wonders in this area as well.

I am a very creative person; I write at least one article every single day, create numerous computer graphics, take thousands of photographs and design and code WordPress websites. In the past, I visited many local and quite a few out-of-state renaissance faires, plus I’ve attended over 1,200 belly dance shows and am well known in the belly dance and faire communities for my photography. My photos have appeared in numerous flyers, in several books, and on hundreds of websites and in magazines.

To me life is filled with friendship; in fact, you can tell the character of a being from the quality of his friends. The people that I call “friend” are beautiful, caring beings, with whom I share my life, experiences and happiness. These are the people who listen without interrupting, understand other people’s feelings, build up others with positive energy and don’t tear people down with bad news and problems.

A drawing of Richard Lowe from a trip to Sea WorldMy Philosophy

A key point in my own personal philosophy is that life is meant to be lived; anyone can sit on their butt and watch television; there is no skill or creativity involved in that activity. I don’t have cable television hooked up, although I do watch a DVD or Blu-Ray now and then. I would prefer to get up and write a book or create a graphic or work on a website; I would rather travel, get out and see the world, watch dancers, visit faires and just live life to the fullest. I have seen too many people die or waste away complaining that they never got a chance to do anything. Me? I prefer to do things. When I am on my deathbed I want to have no regrets, understanding that I lived the best and most productive and ethical life I could.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. — Ferris Bueller's Day Off Click To Tweet

You will see many references to belly dance and renaissance faires throughout my websites. When my wife passed away in 2005 I decided to get out into the world and explore in order to fend off the grief and keep myself from caving in. I photographed some of the local renaissance faires and found the performers and workers to be compassionate and caring. At the faire, I watched several belly dance shows and enjoyed the aesthetics of the dance. I found the beauty of the performers and their dance pulled me out of the grief and brought me back to life. I love the colors and movements and the meanings of the choreographers. I met the performers and before long we were best friends. I soon found they were some of the most interesting, ethical and compassionate people I have ever met. It wasn’t long before I was attending every show I could find, sitting in the front row center seat with my camera in hand and my shutter clicking. I gained many hundreds of friends in both communities, and these friendships continue forward to this day.

In fact, not only have I photographed well over a thousand belly dance shows, but I’ve produced a couple of dozen myself. My favorite production was the Belly Dance Kaleidoscope showcase, which consisted of 14 monthly shows, plus two Christmas dance shows. In addition, several performers are very active contributors to charitable organizations, and I’ve sponsored a number of shows for the purpose of raising money for good causes.

Richard Lowe and the Spiritual Side of Life

Richard Lowe at DisneylandThe spiritual side of life is of critical importance. I spend many hours studying how to help myself, my family, the groups to which I belong, humanity, life, the physical universe, spirits and, of course, God and the infinite universe. I’ve learned that I can contribute to the betterment of society and can help others, and that I am a good and caring being.

I live my life following the Way to Happiness moral code, which is non-religious and based wholly on common sense. I’ve found that by following this code and living an ethical lifestyle, my life is stable, sane, happy and wonderful.

Life is what you make it. That’s one of the truest statements that I’ve ever heard in, well, my life. Yet I have also experienced the comfort of a good friend, a great meal, and all kinds of art, which gave me another perspective, lightened the weight on my shoulders and fill my heart with happiness.

Richard Lowe as Santa Claus in the desert

I plan for the future and I don’t spend much time looking back at the past. Who cares what mistakes or missteps were made twenty years ago, after all? I am alive today. I am still astonished to find that I, a person who was one of the most introverted people in the world, now have hundreds of friends. Life is about change. And when life stops changing…you’re dead.

I’m jubilant with myself and my life, satisfied with the paths that I have chosen. Currently, I am a professional writer and ghostwriter and am currently working on a fantasy novel. My hobbies include photography, stamp collecting, reading science fiction, watching movies, painting fantasy miniatures, studying history and helping people as often as possible.  I enjoy curling up with a good book, a cup of hot chocolate and listening to some good music.

Computer Professional

I am a seasoned computer professional who has been working in this field since the internet was called the ARPANET, and there were fewer than 1,000 sites on the whole thing! In the areas of computers, I’ve probably done it all – everything from building the hardware from scratch to creating the programs which deliver water to several cities in the United States.

For 20 years, I served Trader Joe’s as the Director of Technical Services and Computer Operations, where I managed a group of systems and database administrators. My job was to maintain over 300 Windows servers and 500 workstations, along with six mainframes. One of my responsibilities was to support a fully loaded disaster site, ready to take over the company’s business in the event of a major earthquake, fire or other calamity.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s I was considered a “guru” and wrote several device drivers for RSTS/E and OpenVMS (back when it was just VMS). I was involved in many projects, including:

  • Part of the design and implementation team for the first disk defragmenter (Diskit/RSTS/E) and its successor on VMS
  • Developed a telephone fraud detection system
  • Implemented and supported numerous accounting packages, a water billing system, and several file repair utilities which fixed problems in internal data structures.

I also helped implement and design the SCADA (System Control And Data Acquisition) systems for North Las Vegas, New Haven, Connecticut and Ojai, California. These systems are responsible for getting the water from the rivers and dams to the customers who drink it.

I am A+, MCSE+I and CIW certified. I’ve been in the computer business for 25 years now, beginning with the old PDP-11 systems running RSTS/E and RSX, then moving to VAX/VMS (now called OpenVMS), Macintosh, Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, 7, 8 and Vista. I also work with Linux, FreeBSD, AIX, and Unix.

Memberships for Richard Lowe

Networking Groups

Writing and Speaking

Computers

  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • IWA International Webmasters Association
  • HWG (HTML Writers Guild)
  • CAUCE (Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email)
  • DECUS (Digital Equipment Corporation User’s Society, no longer active)

Human Rights

Nature

Interesting Videos

Where You can Find me

You can find out more about my personal brand and employment history at my LinkedIn page, my photography work at my Model Mayhem pages and you can visit my online photo albums.

I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment in the discussion below and introduce yourself.

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Richard Lowe Jr

Richard Lowe Jr

Owner & Senior Writer, Copywriter, Ghostwriter, WordPress Implementation at The Writing King
Richard is the Owner and Senior Writer for The Writing King, a bestselling author, and ghostwriter. He's written and published 63 books, ghostwritten 16 books, as well as hundreds of blog articles.
Richard Lowe Jr

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Author of Focus on LinkedIn, Safe Computing, Surviving Disasters, Help! My Boss is Whacko!, Insider Secrets from a Professional Ghostwriter and many others
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