So one of my incarnations was as a teacher and I did that for about twenty-five years. Most of my students liked my classes. I’m a right-brained kind of guy and I liked to fly with creative ideas. I had lots of fun and I think most of the kids did too.
So, right-brained means I’ve been able to enjoy acting, directing, drawing, woodcarving, and in social situations making a general ass of myself. But writing has always been the ultimate art in my world. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I won an essay contest at age eleven. A hundred bucks in 1960–what would that be equivalent to now? Do the math. No, not to figure how old I am!
So, I’ve always been writing–journals, stories, descriptive letters, yadda, yadda. I even had a university prof tell me–after I turned in a children’s story for my course evaluation (A+ by the way)–that I should be making my living writing for kids. Anyway, that never happened.
I could write a book about all the miles and milestones in my life, but really, who gives a flying fig. Let me just say that by the time I was able to re-assemble the parts of me that had fragmented from some bad choices, I had done more jobs than anyone I know. Here’s a partial list: logger, dock worker, salesman, surveyor, janitor, childcare worker, house framer, day labourer, landscaper, roofer, lead smelter worker, meditation instructor, English teacher, and purchasing department golden boy.
So here I am now, with a mountain of experiences to be mined, and a million books read and filed in my brain, at a time and place in my life where I can put serious time in learning the craft of writing, which is what I’ve been doing for the last six years. I’ve managed to produce enough short stories for a collection, a young adult adventure novel, and now an adult historical novel. And don’t worry; I get serious critiquing and feedback on everything I write.
I suppose I should not forget to add that I live with my wife Barb in Chilliwack, British Columbia on a five-acre horse-boarding farm, and that my other focus besides writing is working with developmentally delayed and physically challenged children at Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities. See how cleverly I slipped that plug in there?
And that’s it.