Questions & Answers¹

Why Have You Shared Rough Drafts?

Because the starting point is important, and nothing to be ashamed about. Also, for all its talk about embracing and accepting it, Western culture punishes—and hides from—failure, the unpolished, uncouth and unrefined. The entrepreneur who "made it" is placed on a pedestal and is not only stroked but stroked mighty hard. The business owner who lost everything and became homeless is mostly ignored, often mocked. I'm straight up challenging the lies and bullshit. My culture markets aspiration — "success" and "achievement" — harder than a street corner dealer pushes heroin.

What's your elevator pitch that describes you?

I have no pitch; however, I'll share with you a phrase describing me with a certain accuracy: A silhouette reminiscent of SHAW's unreasonable man admiring TWAIN's acerbic wit.

​​Why Do You Occasionally Spell Words Differently?

Short answer: I am playing and having fun.

Long answer: My grandparents wrote and spoke their English words differently than we do in the States. That fact made an impression on me. Also, have you ever listened to William F. Buckley Jr. speak? I once read or heard his voice described as pan-Atlantic. I grooved on that. It made a kind of sense to me, given the peculiar sounds and spellings swirling around my (family) house when I was a boy. Anyway, I decided I'd create my own little mashup and merge aspects of language from both sides of the pond. You know, I am playing and having fun.

Can You Provide Guidance or Assistance With Writing Query or Submission Letters?

No, aspiring writers focused on traditional publishing, I can't! Why? Because I have zero experience with such things. I've never pursued traditional publishing. So, I've never written a query letter. Not once. And I'm not ashamed of that, although some so-called "pros" in the leech-filled Land of Letters believe I'm somehow less than—and not serious about the craft—because of it.

Didn't You Once Describe Yourself as a Recovering Accountant?

Yes, I did. However, I have fallen off the wagon and am using (capitalism) again because the world I live in forces me to do so to stay alive.

¹ Over the years I've received positive comments about the content of and approach to my Playful Q&A. If you're looking for the cruder version of this page, then click here to view it.