Roger J Burke
I now live north of Brisbane, Queensland, near the Sunshine Coast, after having lived in New Guinea, the UK and Canada from 1961 to 1993. During that time, I've had the good fortune to have three sons and a daughter in Australia and twin sons and a daughter from a prior marriage in Canada.
My work record includes the following: first, a spot of colonial administration for five years (1961-1966) in New Guinea, the substance of which formed the narrative for my tell-all memoir, Another Fool's Paradise.
Second, after resigning in 1966, I departed the Australian scene for a long career in IT in England (five years), back to Australia (two years), then back to the UK and on to North America for another twenty-two years. During all that time, I functioned in a variety of roles within operations, programming, systems design and project management. Along the way, I also began a life-long association with karate-do and helped operate karate dojos; also assisted with women's self defense courses in Canada but conducted my own such courses in Australia.
Finally, after settling back in Australia in 1993, I concentrated on maintaining my main website (Roger's Reference) which is devoted to specialized dictionaries of homonyms and homophones. My goal is to amass the largest such database on the internet. While doing so, I discovered the delights of chiastic rhetoric, most commonly exemplified with rhetorical observations such as: I eat to live, not live to eat (first attributed to Cicero, ancient Roman senator). I was so taken with that type of rhetoric, I've formulated over a thousand original comments into three volumes which are available, FREE, in PDF at the above site.
Recognizing the need for further education to improve my writing skills, I obtained a BA (Literature & Composition) at Griffith U. in 2007, followed by an MA (Writing) from Swinburne U. in 2009. In development are mobile apps and additional websites to promote other works and products, some of which will also be published through other outlets in due course.
Roger J. Burke