I have lived a life of words. I was an Air Force and military journalist, so I rode around in bombers and fighters, went down in missile silos, covered an Air Force couple keeping a Korean orphanage afloat -- things like that. Fun job. I then was the city hall reporter for the Longview, Texas, daily newspaper; a news service editor in Virginia, and a feature writer for the official magazine of the Air Force before getting an English M.A. and teaching college English and writing in Omaha, Nebraska.
I love the power of story and the power of words properly harnessed. I take particular joy in creating something that I know is good. It takes a lot of work and a lot of study to get there, but I'm always willing to go the distance with writing. Five drafts? All right. Six? Well, okay. Seven? Hey look: enough is enough! LOL. Pound it down in the forge, that's my motto. And keep swinging that hammer.
Ten-hour days at the table. That's my practice. If the Muse shows up, I want her to see me working. Years of adhering to deadlines in military and daily journalism have imbued in me the ability to burn long and strong. Thus, I am a distance runner.
Somehow I ended up with three cannabis screenplays: a drama and two comedies. You should look at my loglines. You know I'm not going to waste your time. I'm no stoner! Lol again. The comedies are crazy. One is a Rip van Winkle story that takes place in Russia between 1937 and 2017; the other screenplay has the Civil War as its setting, the Antebellum South in 1859. And both of them have music all over the place. Fun!
Unique traits: VERY well read passionate introvert vegetarian peace-loving half-crazy writer.
Ganja Tales Drama A brother battles demons both inside and out while driving his epileptic sister cross-country to Seattle to grow legal marijuana for her seizures and his Iraq War PTSD. But when his sister is kidnapped, an ex-stripper with ESP teaches him that violence alone won’t save her.
The Osipenko File Comedy Time-traveling, gender-bending Communist poster girl accidentally let out of ice-coffin in Kremlin basement roars back to life seeking revenge, only to discover she doesn’t owe loyalty to a regime that represses people. So she destroys it.
Southern Bud Comedy Five Southern Belles use all their womanly charms to outsmart traitors and assassins to prevent the Civil War by getting Abe Lincoln and Jeff Davis together to free the slaves and make fabled Southern Bud marijuana available to all Yankees.
Top Feature Writer, U.S. Government, for "Rabbi, Teach Us!"and "A Man of Liberty."