Author's Ink

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I have always enjoyed reading--everything from the classics to modern poetry to cleverly-crafted graffiti on public stalls to the ingredients on interesting cleanser cans under the sink.  My writing interests and commitments (I am an academic) are as varied in some ways as my reading interests.  I can't say I have always enjoyed writing--some things have been tedious (lesson plans, self-reviews, reports, etc) and others emotionally draining and exhausting like the non-fiction book Soldiers of God (Kensington, 1998).  Still other efforts have been absolute fun (stories for my kids and grand-kids, nonsense verse) and others frustrating (looking for the exact right word for a poem).  As Mark Twain notes, the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug.  But I digress.   I have found some value in all of it--even typing upon the Munchkin-sized keyboard of this silly laptop I'm working on right now.  What an exercise in patience.

I guess I've had a little difficulty deciding what to do with my life.  I've dabbled in sales (I'm terrible  except for some minor weed transactions on which the statutes of limitation have long expired); done a little commercial fishing; extended my high-school career to the age of twenty in order to avoid the draft; became a free-lance drunk, stoner and holy man; worked as a painter, iron-worker, boiler-maker, welder, and pipe-fitter; went back to school for some extra training and became a licensed chemical dependency counselor; got an AA, BA and MA in English and Literature; wound up teaching addiction science in an Allied Health division at Lee College in Baytown, Texas and I am currently Chairman of the Allied Health Division at LC.  Oh, I was also a stunt-driver on the made-for-TV film "When Cars Attack".  (I've always wanted to include that on a resume or bio). I write when I must for the job and when I can for me. 

Along the way, I've had some modest success publishing poetry and short-fiction (don't quit your day job on this one), essays and a non-fiction book.  I've produced a couple of short video projects and written a few as-yet unproduced screenplays and unpublished novels.  Well, some days we eat the bear and some days the bear eats us.  As we used to say back in the day, If at first you don't succeed, fu...never mind. 

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