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David  Ejchorszt

David Ejchorszt

D. Ike Horst

"Consider that writing is the exercise, and real world experience and reading is the nutrition."

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David 's work combines: Writing, Art, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I've written several novels, and published my novella: Death, The Pharmacist.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • GED

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English - Creative Writing

    Liberty University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Author:

Bachelor's Degree: English - Creative Writing

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Early Childhood - exactly what you would expect. Formative years are often overlooked when one talks about trauma or life experience. The fact is, there is actually too much to tell or summarize.

  • 2.

    Failure in post-secondary education - I bombed my first attempt at college.

  • 3.

    Homeless and wandering - I lived out of my car for many months. For a three year period, I was migrating between California, Idaho, and Utah.

  • 4.

    Vocational Training - I learned several trades in the medical field, and I made decent money for a while.

  • 5.

    First Service - AmeriCorps NCCC Year 23. This was my introduction to disaster relief and conservation. I was proud to help people and the environment.

  • 6.

    Second Service - AmeriCorps St. Louis. This honed my skills related to my conservation work, but I was forced to face interpersonal trials and long-withstanding trauma.

  • 7.

    Work in conservation - I worked with a state agency and a private agency as a wildland firefighter, timber harvester, trail/maintenance personnel.

  • 8.

    Post-secondary education success - I found my niche getting my bachelor's in English - Creative Writing with Liberty University. I also began publishing work and transitioning into a career in writing

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    1. Writing isn't a real profession. 2. The chances of making sustainable income from book sales are slim. 3. Consider that readers are quick to forget, and slow to forgive. 4. Everyone has a big idea, but that doesn't make them a good writer.

  • How I responded:

    When I felt discouraged, I sat down at my computer and wrote. Anything that is used as ammunition between people can be exposed on the page. I know that anyone has the capacity to tell a story, and having decided that my medium was the written word, I knew there was no one—not even myself—who had the right to tell me that I couldn't be what I wanted to be.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Money is not the most important thing in the world, but every author is a sole proprietor. Writing is a business with production quotas, overhead costs, and sales tracking. This can be overcome through perseverance and time on task.