Hello there. My name is Duke and I craft compelling stories in a variety of mediums, but mostly through the written word. I’ve written a novel, survived death and worked plenty of jobs. Here, you’ll find some of the things I’ve written, designed and made, as well as links to other avenues where I express my creativity.
My full name is Thomas Uriah Jarboe, but most people call me Duke. I’m a strange man of many talents, possessing a wide variety of interests that has led me down an amazing path in life. A former barista of 11 years, my many interactions with coffee addicts inspired me to pen a coming-of-age novel called The Dark Roast.
In the middle of writing said novel, I attended and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literatures and Writing. I self-published The Dark Roast in December of 2012.
Soon after, I landed a spectacular and exciting job as a kayak tour guide at Everyday California. I went on to fulfill the roles of copywriter, graphic designer, apparel designer, social media and email marketer, photographer, model, media correspondent, spokesperson, brand manager, store manager and operations manager. With an amazing team of only 12 people, I helped rebrand the company. We grew the business from a small kayak shop no bigger than my tiny one-bedroom apartment to a booming adventure tourism industry leader and legitimate apparel company with over 70 employees.
I’ve since written, designed, filmed, edited and created for two other startups (one in finance and one in audio technology) and a well-established medical device company.
I have a splendid little sci-fi novel to finish and pitch, of which I hope to have an accompanying graphic novel.
I’m also a geek. I love comic books, Star Wars, Star Trek, sci-fi and fantasy books, et cetera, the list goes on. I could geek out for days about any and all of the aforementioned items. And I’m not shy about my geekiness; I wear a solid silver Green Lantern ring every single day of my life. I watch an unnatural amount of YouTube videos about mobile technology and daydream of the day when replicators become a reality.
But as much as I love to seclude myself inside and pour through pages and pages of geeky goodness or binge watch entire seasons of Daredevil or all 14 Star Trek movies, the great outdoors calls to me. I rock climb as often as I can with my beautiful girlfriend. Free diving in the kelp forest of La Jolla is a beautiful and peaceful hobby of mine. Downhill death dodging on my skateboard gets my adrenaline rushing and I most definitely consider Disc Golf a sport.
I’m also an aficionado of mustache waxes. I have rocked a handlebar mustache several times in my adult life and am always searching for that perfect mustache wax. I encourage all men to grow one as I believe we can achieve world peace through the unifying brotherhood of the stache.
And that’s a little bit about me and what I like to do. If you made it to the end, then I congratulate you on your fortitude and persistence.