Interview with David Satterlee

What is your writing process?
Ideas are the prickles and burrs that attach themselves to my attention. They announce themselves by the wondrous eruption of cognitive dissonance that they produce. That is the start and the ending. I let them grow under my fingers and that is the structure and the path. Every step is an invitation to take a next step and look to the horizon to take an alternate path. I continuously comb, explore, expand, and harmonize until the journey is linked-together and fleshed-out with a pleasing texture and continuity.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alternative to getting out of bed each day is to NOT get out of bed, which is dishonorable. You've got to play the game or you can't pass GO and collect $200. If you don't raise your hand you don't get speak up. If you don't work to make the world a better place, you don't get to complain about the bits that chap your ass. I'm not fooling myself; I don't expect to win the lottery or get rich quick. But, getting to a better place is a personal responsibility that starts with getting out of bed.
What do you read for pleasure?
How can you know what reading will bring pleasure? There is the pleasure of old friends repeating comfortable themes in accustomed ways. There is the pleasure of discovering new friends writing in new ways about new lives in new places. There is the pleasure of discovering ideas that expand the intellect or give challenge to transcend familiar ways of seeing and thinking. Always there is risk. Even finding an unskilled fledgling or hack gives the pleasure of discarding and knowing why.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like you, I exist in a swirling storm of distractions, opportunities, commitments and relationships that call for care and feeding. I spend time with my family, pet the cats when they come to me, wash the dishes and remind myself to do it all mindfully. I read, I watch, I listen and I think to prime the pump. And then I come back to labor at the well of connections, interesting, entertaining and worthy.
Describe your desk
Whatever work I've done, I built cockpits and horseshoes that surround me with my tools. I hang multiple monitors on my computers to keep my communication and research and editing screens within view. At last, I have a separate system for working on music with my wife. Now, mixers, microphones and headsets also need to be within reach. As my eyesight fails, my monitors get larger. I keep a small spot cleared for a beverage.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing distills thought and gives expression to life. The joy of writing is to know oneself better and to share with other seekers on their own paths of development and transcendence. It is a happy privilege to engage with a world that is erupting with discovery, creation and unprecedented progress. It is a satisfying duty to participate with others in working toward collective goodness and betterment.
What do your fans mean to you?
You are the target of my purpose -- the foundation upon which I can create. You are the restoring fountain of my will -- giving the reward of courage, persistence and satisfaction in my work. Thank you.
Published 2014-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Constructive Virtues: Topics to Avoid in Impolite Company
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 38,370. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
This is David Satterlee's second book of collected essays. Most examine values, virtues and ideas that are important to living together well in our developing societies. These values are often denounced out-of-hand by those who cling to old ideas that no longer serve the needs of a changing world.
Hubris on Roller Skates: Short Stories for Smart People
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 42,060. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
In this fascinating collection, David often examines the emotions of women of all ages – sometimes in a woman’s voice. He lampoons and surprises – ranging from Assyrian kings to touching romances to cunning old men and some science fiction. Look out for unexpected endings and the consequences of hubris – acting with excessive self-confidence. Some of this material touches on grown-up themes.
Building Your Network Business: Proven Ideas from Successful Leaders
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 23,660. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success
This book is for everyone who wants to start, operate or grow their network marketing business. It provides 104 brief discussions organized into sections on: self-improvement; communicating; family issues; mastering your vision; getting the right work done; coping with fear, risk and crisis; learning and teaching; exerting influence and getting cooperation; and doing business from home or a store.
Life Will Get You in the End: Short Stories by David Satterlee
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 32,560. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Short stories by David Satterlee. “[His writing is] humorous, bold, and adventurous all at once … channeled through a facility for language and the music of words.” Each story is short and sweet – or sometimes bittersweet – or just thought-provoking. There is often a surprise concluding twist that will "get you in the end." Very human stories explore the extremes of life, loss, and love.
Chum for Thought: Throwing Ideas into Dangerous Waters
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: American English. Published: September 19, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
Collected essays: The new guy in a small conservative town radiates optimism as he explores values, virtues, and his faith in personal, community, and human progress. "His writing is humorous, bold, and adventurous all at once ... channeled through a facility for language and the music of words." He is variously friend, teacher, inquisitor, and voice crying out in the wilderness.
Honoring My Father: Coming to Terms
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
In this heartfelt account, David Satterlee tells personal stories of a remarkable father, his own failure in family and faith… and the rediscovery of love worth living for. This books also includes "Going to See Jessie," a related family story of elder-care, love, loyalty, and enduring patience.
The Role of Productivity in Community Success: The Jesuit-Guaraní Cultural Confluence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Economics / comparative
This historical essay, drawn from the deepest jungles of Uruguay in South America, examines the creation of a flourishing culture and economy that lasted for almost two centuries. It explores the guided development of a virtuous web of social and economic controls that mixed the philosophy of Catholic Jesuits with the traditions of the native Guaraní peoples. Suggests application to our times.