- I survived a hemorrhagic stroke almost five years ago. It affected my right side, and I do nearly everything with my left hand. Thus the name of this blog.
- I’ve been married to my best friend and the love of my life, Mary, for 34 years. Marrying her was the best thing that ever happened to me.
- We have no kids, but a clowder of cats. How many, I won’t say.
- I’ve been working for my brother for several years after having worked in Information Technology since the days when it was called Data Processing and everything was punched on eighty-column cards. In fact, one of my first jobs was for a company that produced eighty-column cards.
- I’ve been writing on and off for most of the last forty years. More “off” than “on.” Most of my writing was for the Ghostletters mailing list. In fact, I was the listowner for Ghostletters for a number of years. It still managed to survive, so I must have done something right.
- I’m a member of a writers’ group. Most of the rest of the group meets in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I join them through the magic of the Internet. As I like to tell Mary, that Internet thingy is going to catch on one of these days.
- I am a baseball fan. Despite the fact that I was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago and in the northern suburbs, I’m a White Sox fan. I’ve also been a fan of the Atlanta Braves, my current hometown team, since I moved here in 1987.
- Some of my favorite writers are Robert Crais, Jonathan Kellerman, Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Sheldon Siegel (who’s overdue for a new book), Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Christopher Reich, Tim Dorsey, Morris L. West, Arthur Hailey, J. A. Konrath, Mark Billingham, and Stieg Larsson, to name a few. You can probably tell that my reading tends toward thrillers and mysteries.
- Although I read thrillers and mysteries, I haven’t gotten the hang of writing them. That probably puts everything I’ve written so far into the “literary fiction” category, if in fact a category can be assigned to what I write. (Actually, “crap” would probably be the best description of the category. But, one must write a lot of crap. At least that’s what I’ve heard.) I’ve been focused mostly on writing short stories (even though, as one friend has told me, there’s no market for them). As NaNoWriMo has taught me, I’m great with beginnings and endings, but I really suck at filling up the middle. At least with a short story there’s not too much middle.
- I probably watch too much TV and read too little at home. I can explain: remember that clowder of cats that I was talking about a while ago? They see me open a book or my Kindle and take it as a sign that I want to give them attention. (Interestingly, they take Mary opening a book or her Kindle as a sign that they had better leave her alone. Go figure.) I primarily watch the dramas on TNT, USA and CBS, and, naturally, “The Big Bang Theory”, which I’ve been watching in reruns on TBS and Peachtree TV, who have played them so often that I’m learning the dialogue by heart. (“Bazinga!”)
There’s plenty of time for further exposition, but that should get you started.