Patrick had to find something. He could not hammer nails, change sparkplugs or drive a tractor. Ah, but he discovered he could write and, even better, he found employers who would pay him an almost-living wage to do so. So he edited and reported for Asian Week in San Francisco’s Chinatown for a decade. During this time he won a journalism award from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Then he moved into the corporate environment of State Fund where he polished his fiction-writing skills crafting management reports for the C-Suite. His corporate career peaked when management selected him to run internal communications (print and electronic) for the agency, which had 6,000 employees in offices throughout California. After leaving the 9-to-5 world, Patrick busied himself writing short stories for small journals and putting the final touches on a novel that he hoped would change the world.