He's a Writer...
and other things
With apologies to Dalton Trumbo. At some point the most productive thing one can do in the bath is write.
I'm a writer, among other things. I'm also a cartoonist, an inventor, a scientist, app creator, a physician and a film director. My work has been recognized and/or published by Faulkner-Wisdom, Writer's Digest, Zoetrope, Texas Tribune, Texas A&M press and the Texas Book Consortium, Living Springs, Inkshares, the Nicholl Fellowship administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Amazon publishing, Southwest Writer's anthology and more. I got my start with the help and encouragement of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, whose support carried me through those early days of rejection. My work has been described as informative, recommended, deceptively simple, beautiful, elevated, and brilliant. It has also been described as confusing, slow, too fast, too complex, too simple, perverse, holier than thou, disturbing, comforting, a little bit obscene and complete trash. I'm in complete agreement with all of it. So, one could ask, why do it? Why should any of us? Why throw the contents of your soul out there for the unrestrained reviews of the masses? When asked why I do it, I'm reminded of the perfect response from surrealist Rene Magritte when questioned about the reason behind his work. He simply said that the purpose of art is mystery. As if he needed to justify it. I'm in complete agreement. As for style, I think the greatest truths arrive on the back of a feather, not iron skillets. I don't stick with genres. I don't grind axes. That's for televangelists and obligate mouth breathers. I love courage in the work and I hate labels, calves liver, people who can neither text nor drive and try to do both simultaneously. I think every story is the story of us all and I don't think there are any rules when it comes to art. It's there to provoke, to offend, to enlighten, elevate, and question without apology. To me it doesn't matter if the story is about a creepy heroine who takes noir to a whole new level, murderous teenagers who seem like nice kids, old people trying to find their place in the world with the aid of government engineered pot seed, a detective who discovers her lover isn't even of the same species as herself, or the greatest mind of the Renaissance whose genius was unfairly punished by the Church. And don't even get me started on cheese! All of those characters have something to say. Regarding my influences, I read everybody. I write about what moves me. I hope it moves you too.
FICTION and NON-FICTION
How to Age Gracefully and Escape with Your Dignity
Age has been called the one demographic not on the protected species list and among all the forbidden "isms", it's the only one that is still fair game. So what can you do? This book provides the best list of resources for protecting yourself and for protecting that one indefensible requirement of life... a little dignity. If you want to die young as late as possible... this book is for you.
How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life
A night in the hospital can kill you. Same for a trip in an ambulance, a visit to the doctor's office. Now the exam room curtain is pulled back on the insider's guide to surviving, thriving paying less and protecting yourself and your loved ones.
2022 Best Indie Book Award winning novel
Take one old farmer, a salacious genius chef named Betty Crocker, a former CIA operative turned counterculture warrior, a mob boss in witness protection and a 14-year-old boy and girl that just want to make movies. Add a coven of clog dancing Wiccans, a corrupt corporation and a pack of feral hogs. Mix in a cache of hyperengineered government pot seed and bake to perfection under the Texas sun. What do you get? A delectable dish called Sun City, a positively addictive story of love and rebellion that proves— any time is the right time to come of age.
Living Springs Anthology
A charming anthology of stories from some of most creative writers. Works ranging from lightly humorous to incredibly touching.
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