As I’m sure you’ve surmised, my name is Michael Holley. I live in Utah with my wife, and four lovely monkeys children. I’ve spent the bulk of my education, spare time, and work career focused on Mac and Linux systems and related technologies. But I love stories and crafting things, so my online identities recently have a smattering of writing topics mixed with a how to articles about Linux.

I’m sorry it can be confusing, but it’s highly likely I’ll add to the confusion as I get deeper into renewable energy systems. I’ll probably have to launch a new site when that stuff comes online, which I’ll link to from here.


My earliest memories were of me creating stories. I still remember the first story I wrote down, about a time traveling Easter Bunny. My stories have gotten a tad better since then. Though I have been creating stories since then I have only recently focused on getting these stories into a publishable format and not just creating stories for me. You can follow my journey as I learn the craft and business of writing on learning site. Or if you’d rather just check out my finished works you can jump over to my author sites.

I should note that I’m currently using three different names–my real name and two pen names: Michael Holley (real name), Mel Micheals (fantasy pen name), and Adam J. Berry (sci-fi pen name).

  1. The Craft is my blog about learning the craft of writing
  2. Mel Michaels is my collaborative pen name (stories written by me and my wife Laura Holley)
  3. Adam J. Berry is my pen name for my sci-fi stories

Sys Admin

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Systems Administration I began my career as a Linux Sys Admin. Through my years of freelance administration and working for small to large businesses I’ve learned how to manage servers from metal to cloud, from a single node to high availability clusters, and from a single machine in a closet to a enterprise data center.

To follow my work and discussions checkout my tech site.