170 years from now, aliens decimate Earth. A relative handful of humans survive, hidden in deep subterranean enclaves that offer some protection from surface radiation. Although the main attack is now seven years in the past, one alien ship remains in orbit, and the conquerors are not content merely to let humanity lick its wounds.
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William Bryan Miller lives in south-central Kentucky with wife Susan, and their three children: Hannah, Grant, and Emma. Two other children live nearby.
Bryan and Susan’s two dogs are as different as night and day. The five year old miniature schnauzer is of serious mien, typically stationing herself at the door, ready to bark an alert and intercept any “intruders”. She also is self-appointed breaker-upper of spats, wrestling, or anything else among family members that makes a level of noise above that of normal conversation.
Their two year old Boston Terrier, Millie, has personality in spades. Her favorite activities include defecating in the house (yes, she still does this), begging for food at supper time, and cuddling. She is much more the lapdog than the schnauzer, Savy.
Bryan works as a licensed professional clinical counselor. His career in mental health treatment has, so far, spanned fourteen years. He works with children, adolescents, and adults on issues spanning the entirety of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition.
Bryan is an avid hobbyist computer programmer. His preferred development language is C# (using Microsoft’s free Visual Studio Express 2012), though he has also done some work in Visual Basic, PHP, and AutoIt. Most of Bryan’s products, thus far, have been donationware (free, but please consider donating via PayPal), and can be viewed and downloaded from this page. You may also be interested in viewing Bryan’s entries over the last few years in DonationCoder’s annual N.A.N.Y. event. There are fourteen applications available for free download. No nag screens, no adverts, just fully functional programs. Check them out!
Bryan attended undergraduate college at Western Kentucky University, from 1989 to 1994 (he wishes to point out that it took five years to get his B.A. in Psychology only because he switched majors three times, and blew most of one semester due to love-sickness). He went on to earn a Master of Counseling degree at Lindsey Wilson College in their CACREP approved graduate counseling program, one of the first (and still one of the best) in the United States. Bryan later obtained his LPCC credential and has been practicing as a licensed counselor for over a decade.
Bryan’s wife, Susan, is a registered nurse. She works for a local home healthcare agency, making home visits to care for her beloved patients.
Bryan, his wife, and their children attend a local Methodist church, where they remain actively involved in Sunday School, Worship, and Children’s Ministry. If you aren’t familiar with evangelical Christianity and want to learn more, download my free program, Kyrathasoft Christian Prayer Minder program for Windows XP and later editions, which contains lots of good information, as well as providing you a means of recording, passwording, and protecting your prayers in a journaling format over time.
In addition to computer programming in C#, Bryan also enjoys reading science- and fantasy-fiction, writing, hiking, and camping. He maintains an interest in the martial arts, and earned his 1st-degree brown belt in Shaolin-Do at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has added to his arsenal a machete within easy reach next to his bed, and a .357 Magnum revolver kept in his car’s glove compartment, loaded with hollow-points.
Some of Bryan’s favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Raymond E. Feist, Anne Rice, T. H. Lain, Greg Keyes, Stephen R. Donaldson, Neal Asher, George R. R. Martin and Gregory Benford.