Pay It Forward Friday: Amos M. Carpenter

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Amos M. Carpenter and yes, this is his avatar. Amos is shy.


He says of himself:

“So. About me. (I refuse to write about myself in the third person.)

Private me

There’s not too much about the private me that I want to share (yet?), though you may get some idea about my personality from my posts. First and foremost, I’m a family person. I married my high-school sweetheart, and if anyone ever found out how insanely happy we are together, they’d probably find a way to make that illegal. (So… sshh!) We have three very bright kids, each of them awesome in different ways, two great dogs, one of them calm as a cucumber, the other one skittish and neurotic, and two tomcats.

I’m a perfectionist, a bit of a grammar Na… er, grammar nasty. I lament the fact that “the days of good English have went”, that too many people can’t spell “definitely”, can’t tell “their” from “there” or “they’re”, consider “whom” to be dead, keep using “there’s” with plural nouns, and that modern writers fear long sentences. The number of spelling/grammar mistakes I spot (I am biologically unable to read past them) in everyday life, from websites to TV to even books, is mind-boggling.

Public me

Publically, I’m a web developer with way too many interests. Work keeps me busier than I’d like, and my other interests mean I never have as much time as I’d like to devote to blogging and writing. For now, it has to be that way, though, because the fact that I work, and that I’m good at what I do, means I can afford (though barely) to provide my kids with a good education.

One of the primary interests I intend to write about is, well, writing. (Guess that makes this a meta-writing blog, in a sense.) I’ve always loved writing and being creative, but mostly it’s been software and websites rather than actual prose. Similar, in a way, but in late 2013 and early 2014, I’ve had a bit of time to really write… and fallen in love with it. One of the main reasons for starting this blog was to get a web presence for my “author persona” out there, to document my journey as I struggle with finishing my manuscript, then queries, submissions, and rejections, and to encourage myself to not lose sight of my goal of one day being able to share the story that’s been spooking around my head for so long with the world.”

Amos has been published. His story Big Bang was published in the anthology by Nicholas C. Rossis, The Power of Six.



(note: click on cover to buy)

Amos has his own very professional site:

With a very unique sense of humour, Amos is a bright young author full of talent who’s also a grammar guru. Why not check out his site?



5 thoughts on “Pay It Forward Friday: Amos M. Carpenter

  1. You know how much I love this feature 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Amos, and found myself drawn to the humour in his introduction. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. Many humble thanks for posting about me, Taylor – and apologies for only getting around to reading Friday’s post on Monday morning… *sigh*. Really appreciate it, and I’m certain massive amounts of karma from doing all those Pay It Forward Friday posts are coming your way! 🙂

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