Thank God I was put on medication early in my life. I grew up poor, which makes a person feel like a second-class citizen. I remember having the only dirt yard, while the rest of the block had beautiful lawns, regularly sprinkled. But we were "The renters".
I usually don't tell a lot about my life; people always react by looking at me like I'm an alien or a terrific liar.
The project 'Mine Has Been No Ordinary Life is a memoir in progress. I've been encouraged to present it as fiction, as it seems too unbelievable to be true.
If I was told my life story, I might shank it off as a poor deranged individual's imagination.
I find this highly ironic yet completely understandable. If I presented it as fiction, everyone would believe the story! But the problem remains. It's all true.
I have lived in 56 places and have the addresses to prove it. I never went to High School or much of Junior High. Yet, I have a bachelor's degree and 12 credits toward my Masters, which I decided was a waste of my life, because I was so bored, the Master's endeavor, that is.
Seriously, I was not supposed to live, since I was a toddler. I've been through so many near death experiences, I don't consider them a big deal anymore.
Except when I go through one again, it's a regular occurrence and remains creepy, at the best description.
The extraordinary experiences I been through leaves most mental health professionals shaking their heads. The same refrain has been repeated so many times, I roll my eyes when I hear it coming. "How the hell are you still alive?"
I don't know how. I don't know why And I really don't care anymore. (Umm, sorry, that's bullshit, I do care, I care a lot.) I am still here...wherever "here" is. I am as much in the present as the past.
I've never had any formal training on the art of poetry, novels, memoirs and the countless of forms of writing. I write to hopefully keep myself alive and let others know they are not alone.
Survival! And being a total ass.
But really, I want to be rich and famous and be respected so much for my brilliant literature, that it is mandatory reading in an English class, like, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Yes that's what I really want!
I want to have money out the ying-yang so I can do what I want without people thinking I'm a friggin lowlife..
My Favorites: Reading and Writing
Fiction: Crime, Short Story
Non-Fiction: Computing & Internet, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, True Crime
To Kill A Mocking Bird,
In Cold Blood
The Bell Jar
One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn
Grapes of Wrath and Travels With Charlie
The World According To Garp
She's Come Undone
Running With Scissors and Dry
Higher Drinking, By Carrie Fisher
Stein On Writing, By Sol Stein
Magical Thinking, By Augusten Burroughs
Windows XP Hacks, By Preston Gralla
Windows Vista, Beyond The Manual, By Jonathon Hassell & Tony Campbell
The Current Rolling Stone Mag
In front of my laptop, either on my couch, my bed, outside on the back patio or in my treehouse in my backyard.
Numerous Poems, Prose, Personal Reflections, and Essays
Fiction: Crime, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Short Story
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, Reference, True Crime
Dylan Thomas, or Ellen Degeneres
Harper Lee, Truman Capote, S.E. Hinton, Sylvia Plath, Dee Brown, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, John Irving, Wally Lamb, Augusten Burroughs, Anne Sexton, Robert Frost, Emily Dickenson, Aurthor Rimbaud, Charles Bukowski