About Me

I’m an education consultant/trainer (former NYC elementary school teacher) by trade but also a tech enthusiast, a staunch reader, a writer, an avid movie-goer, a private pilot and also a photographer. I’m into a great deal of things, my mind always preoccupied and trying to be stimulated. I get bored very easily so I dabble here and there on everything. If I had to narrow my interests down to only two or three, I guess it would boil down to writing, photography and films.

If I had the money I would travel the world (or find a job that would pay me to travel!). I try to travel to the Dominican Republic and France every other year and will try to post about those locations as much as I can. My job takes me to different places across the country at times so if I see anything worthwhile I will snap away with my trusty camera or iPhone and then write/post about it.

The is my first blog on WordPress and I’m having fun writing it. Unfortunately I’m very busy and sometimes don’t get to update it as often as I would like nor respond to the many great comments. After joining the Post-a-Week challenge/Weekly Photo Challenge, I’ve become a lot better at writing more often. I have also taken the opportunity to read other posts from the WordPress community and really enjoy connecting with my fellow bloggers.

I hope you enjoy what little space I have on the web here. Thanks for dropping by.

Why Cyan Skies?

I chose the name Cyan Skies for my blog mainly because of my daughter. Several years ago I became a first time father to a wonderful little girl whom I named Cyan. While changing my color printer cartridge, the name cyan popped up. Brilliant! Even though we had decided on a girl name prior to her birth, I immediately fell in love with the name I had accidentally discovered. I decided right there and then that I would have a daughter and that she would be called Cyan (we kept the sex of the baby a surprise).

After she was born, I felt that my life has been enriched tremendously by her. I was more positive and the future seemed even brighter. My life completely revolved around this little girl and I was a better man for it, thus the spin on the term, “sunny skies”.

As a pilot, the term sunny skies always meant that it was just another great opportunity to fly and that made me very happy.

Who doesn’t like sunny skies?

10 Random Things About Me:

  • I did improvisational acting for 11 years and STILL would love to be an actor (anyone know an agent?). I also love public speaking.
  • I’m a HUGE Depeche Mode fan since the early 80′s (seen them in concert many times) and I’ve met them personally (albeit briefly).
  • I was a notorious truant starting in elementary school (starting in 4th grade) until high school (broke truancy records!). How ironic that I turned out to be an educator!
  • I cannot swim. I sent my daughter to swimming classes so that one day she might save my life!
  • I underwent LASIK surgery in 2006 (free from glasses and contact lenses!).
  • I love Mustangs and currently drive my second model.
  • I am a hardcore gamer.
  • I was a DM for many years as a teen and still miss tabletop RPGs.
  • I’m a devoted NY Giants fan. You cut me, I bleed blue.
  • I love being a father and want more children. Anyone want to get rid of one of their kids?

Logo & Gravatar Design

My childhood friend and partner in crime was Hector Collazo. He was an extremely talented and well accomplished artist, having worked for Marvel and DC Comics as well as other publishing companies. Despite doing some phenomenal illustration work, he’s best known for his inking prowess, having worked on X-men, Daredevil, and Wolverine to name a few. Later in his career he ventured into computer coloring, using Photoshop and Flash software on his beautiful Wacom Cintiq tablet.

He designed my blog’s logo as well as provide two Gravatar images which I use not only for this site, but for LinkedIn and Facebook profile images as well as business cards. My watermark image of my signature was also created by him. Cool, huh?

He was funny, sarcastic, blunt, caring and most of all, a great friend. Everyone always comments on his artistic abilities but it was when he put down the pen or brush and stepped away from his drawing board where the man really shined. His love of sci-fi, specifically the Star Wars films and Doctor Who, were unparalleled. Politically, we were on opposite sides but our conversations could be a model for how real politicians should debate. He also loved video games tremendously and we would speak for hours about a certain design, piece of music or general gameplay. We would speak every day on nothing and on everything.

He always advocated for me to write and it was because of him that I started to seriously consider writing for a living some day. Our brainstorming sessions were stuff of legends. In one night we would typically flesh out story lines, characters and worlds in a back-and-forth, tennis-like bull session that would put mainstream Hollywood to shame. He would later draw what we came up with and let me tell you, they were literally pieces of art! We were a perfect team. I have at least 5 really good million dollar intellectual properties floating around in my head that we created together.

Sadly, Hector passed away on November 18th, 2012. I am devastated by this loss and my life will never be the same again. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about him. We had known each other since the 4th grade and when you know someone for such a very long time, their absence is extremely pronounced. I lost a friend and a true brother.

Hector, requiescat in pace my friend.

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25 responses to “About Me

  1. Being a graphic designer and art nerd, I particularly really love that you named your daughter cyan. A happy, beautiful color is perfect for a daughter full of laughter and light. Thank you for stumbling upon my blog so that I could find yours in return. Best wishes and happy blogging!

  2. Hi,

    My name is KC Owens; I’m a college student who loves to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found Cyan Skies and really enjoyed reading your posts. Personally, I think traveling is a necessary part of life as you’re exposed to all sorts of new cultures and experiences. While enjoying time abroad, I’ve found it’s crucial to fully understand the dangers that you might encounter along the way. These mishaps are part of life and certainly part of travel but it’s always a great idea to take preventive measures to help ensure your safety while abroad.

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my travel safety tips with your readers? I put a lot of time and passion into my traveling and I would love to help others by offering safety advice as a result of the mistakes and triumphs I’ve had. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best,

    KC Owens

  3. Hi, Nando. I love your list of flags on your site, and I’ve seen them on other sites as well. I clicked on the link and went to the flag counter site to figure out how to get one for myself. I understand everything up to the part where it tells me to paste the link into my “source code” on my site. I don’t know how to do that. Is there a possibility that you could tell me – in layman’s terms — what you did to paste yours into your site? If I know the steps you took, I can probably follow them. But if it’s just too difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t understand HTML very well, that’s okay. I’ll understand.
    Thanks.
    Sandra

    • Hey Sandra! I can take some screenshots and email them to you with some notations. Should I use the email listed on your site? I’ll send you something tomorrow.

  4. Nice to find you Nando. You sound so positive and full of energy. I’m very sorry to hear your close friend Hector has died – we can’t really afford to lose artists from the planet and he sounds like a great person. I do hope you’ll just keep writing and will look forward to one of your 5 great collaborations being published in some form one day.

    • Thank you Chas for stopping by and for your kind words. He was truly a great friend and a fantastic human being. His art always came second in my book, despite how incredibly talented he was. As far as one day publishing our various stories, that’s something that I’ve been thinking about these past few weeks. Scary undertaking but it’s something that I hope to do one day. It’s what he would’ve wanted.

      Thank you again, Chas

      Nando

      • I’m sure you’ll realise your dream to publish this work one day. You know the advice – make some time each day and you’ll make it happen. I find the blogging helps keep me on track to get some of these personal projects done – my followers are my new voice in my head (which makes a nice change from my mother..)

    • Thanks Sreejith! I try my best to visit ALL contributors to these challenges but as you know, that’s sometimes a hard thing to do. I’m just glad I was able to discover yours among the bunch!

    • I would LOVE to teach English in either place but alas, my little daughter keeps me stateside. Unfortunately, bringing her along isn’t an option. Perhaps later in life…

  5. Hi Nando. Thank you very much for visiting my blog, I hope you like it and would like to visit it back.

    Read some interesting posts in your blog, and would be coming back to read in again.

    Keep sharing your musings.

    Cheers
    Aanchal

    • Thanks Joe! I coincidentally just referred a commenter to that same page! Yes, I’m a member of that group and I’m always contributing to it. Thanks again for dropping by, Joe!

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