A long time ago, I discovered it was fun to entertain people. It probably kept me from getting my behind kicked a lot in High School, and it translated into lots of friends and not particularly good grades in College. Although I've pretty much concluded that the chance to be a rock star has passed and the likelihood of becoming a regular on Leno is pretty small, I can still entertain people through books.
When I was still in grade school, someone gave me a journal that looked like a book. I spent the next several years filling it up with stories and named it, aptly, "The Book of Stupid Little Stories." Although I just considered it filling up a boring study hall hour and not 'honing my craft', I continued to write stores through senior high. When email was invented, it became a perfect medium for these one page micronovels. They were quick to read, a lot of the back story was left to the imagination, and people seemed to enjoy a few minutes of seeing my imaginary worlds in the middle of facing their real ones.
Fast forward 20 years and I've decided to collect these early works into "Briefs for the Reading Room", a collection of my favorites from throughout the years. Better yet, I'm still actively writing more and still sending them around via email as I work on the next installment, "A Change of Briefs for the Reading Room." They were influenced by everything I've ever read, from Jane Eyre to The Stand, from The Scarlett Letter to Star Wars. They really run the gamut of genres, writing styles, and influences.
In addition to Briefs, I'm including Thomas Granger as a link here. Granger is my full length novel which is pulled largely intact from my college days. No, I never solved a murder like my protagonist but I did experience many of the experiences of pledging a fraternity, making friends, and scrounging up lunch money.
I've never stopped reading, never stopped dreaming, and never stopped entertaining.