About Carl


Why Here, Why Now:

I started this blog because, after a lifetime of “wanting to be a writer” (i.e. enjoying writing but not actually doing enough of it), I am finally possessed with an irrepressible drive to create and complete stories.

I don’t much understand the point of writing stories if they go unread – either stashed away or waiting for some third-party approval – so instead of leaving them in a box or on my hard drive unseen by anyone but me and my main squeeze, I have posted them here for your enjoyment.

I expect that my work will improve over time, along with my efforts to share it. I hope you join me on my journey and that you enjoy the ride!


Twitter blurb:

Writer, juggler, penciler, sleighter of hands, father, runner, wire walker, lover, rhythm section, manager, day-dreamer, friend, and home-maker.


Bio from SANCA (School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts):

“Carl Bystrom worked as a software engineering manager for nearly two decades, at both Microsoft and Amazon. During his career he built and managed teams of five to thirty five people, contributing to a diversity of projects including: the Internet Gaming Zone, eBooks, Windows, the Amazon Website Platform, and Microsoft Surface. He holds a BA in the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and is currently working on his first novel. Carl’s diverse interests include writing, running, swing dancing, visual art, and music. He first came to SANCA in 2005 as a student with his teenage son and has since volunteered as a coach – teaching juggling, sleight-of-hand, and Intro to Circus classes. He has even built his own 7-foot-high tight wire in his backyard. Carl joined the SANCA board in January 2013, served as Secretary in 2014, and was elected President of the Board in 2015. He looks forward to contributing to SANCA’s future growth and service in the community.”

I also served as SANCA’s Interim Executive Director from September 2015 to September 2016.


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