What do you want to be when you grow up?

The first semi-serious answer I remember giving to the title question was “either a writer or a magician” (circa third grade, more about age 8-9).

Given this quote:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clarke

and the fact that likely the most tangible record of my career are my publications, one might say that I did indeed become both a writer and a magician.