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I'm a former screenwriter who now lives in Sacramento, CA. “Wise Men” is my first novel. I was born in central California in a very small town devoted to agriculture and ranching and which was very far from a large city unless you count Bakersfield. I've made a few bucks driving tractors, shoving cattle around and shoveling out stalls.
I am not a cowboy. My fierce love of horses came later.
I was raised by my mother, a war widow, with the help of her father, sisters and about a gillion other relatives, real ones and what we call "shirttail relations." I went to college when the United States and California both thought educating their children was a good idea, so I have a couple of degrees having to do with English and its uses. For far too much of of my life, I wrote screenplays. I have two children, both grown. I've been devastated by the death of the person with whom I hoped to spend the rest of my life, and am now married to a decent woman who was willing to have my idiosyncratic self after the dust settled. And I have sometimes been an actor, almost always -- but not quite always, I say proudly -- for free.
The rest is opinion and speculation, although, as has been pointed out, a life unexamined isn't worth squat. It's life with anesthesia, tempting but wasteful. We see ourselves through too many filters -- ego, expectation, dreams, drugs, pain or time -- for self description to be anything more than an exercise in surrealism, a parallax view of the circus parade when the elephant might see the whole thing differently.
on Dec. 09, 2012 :
A telling of the story of the wise men with a unique point of view. There is lots of action, touches of humour and a satisfying ending for the lead character. The story does not confirm the baby Jesus as the coming Messiah but also does not say that he is not.
(review of free book)
on June 02, 2012 :
Great book, loved it, well written with touches of humour, I'm sure your wife would've been very proud of you. Looking forward to anymore that may be in the pipeline.
(review of free book)