More About the Author
My thirty-first commercially published novel came out in September 2013. I've published about 5 million words that I got paid for. So I'm an abundantly published very obscure writer.
I used to teach in the Communication and Theatre program at Western State College. I got my PhD at Pitt in the early 90s, masters degrees at U of Montana in the mid 80s, bachelors at Washington University in the 70s; worked for Middle South Services in New Orleans in the early 80s. For a few years I did paid blogging mostly about the math of marketing analysis at TheCMOSite and All Analytics. If any of that is familiar to you, then yes, I am THAT John Barnes.
There are also many Johns Barneses I am not. I am not the Jamaican-born British footballer who scored that dramatic goal against Brazil, the Vietnam-era Medal of Honor winner, the lead singer for the Platters (and neither he nor I is the lead singer for the Nightcrawlers), the Australian rules footballer, the former Red Sox pitcher, the Tory MP, the expert on ADA programming, the member of the Ohio House of Representatives (though we're almost the same age), the former president of Boise State University, the film score composer, the longtime editor of The LaTrobe Journal, the biographer of Eva Peron, the manager of Panther Racing, the British diplomat, the conservative Catholic cultural commentator (now there's an alliterative job), the authority on Dante, the mycologist, the author of Marketing Judo (though I have an acute interest in both subjects), the travel writer, the author of Titmice of the British Isles, the guy who does some form of massage healing that I don't really understand at all, the corp-comm guy for BP (though I've taught and consulted on corp-comm), the film historian, or that guy that Mom said was my father.
I used to think I was the only paid consulting statistical semiotician for business and industry in the world, but I now know four of them. So now I have a large market share of a growing field.
Semiotics is pretty much what Louis Armstrong said about jazz, except jazz paid a lot better for him than semiotics does for me. If you're trying to place me in the semiosphere, I am a Peircean (the sign is three parts, ), a Lotmanian (art, culture, and mind are all populations of those tripartite signs) and a statistician (the mathematical structures and forms that can be found within those populations of signs are the source of meaning). The branch in which I do consulting work is the mathematics and statistics of large populations of signs, which has applications in marketing, poll analysis, and annoying the literary theorists who want to keep semiotics all to themselves.
I have been married three times, and divorced twice, and I believe that's quite enough in both categories. I'm a hobby cook, sometime theatre artist, and still going through the motions after many years in martial arts.