For better or worse, I am a writer trying to figure out the world, do right by humanity and make his own way here in Oakland, CA, my hometown and frequent influence. Last year I completed my first novel, Inheritance, which I like to describe as a political thriller/family drama. Seems at this point that it’s not going to get published, but I received more than enough encouragement along the way not to take the outcome personally. I’m probably well past the point of no return where I could have decided whether or not I wanted to be a writer — then again, I’ve been writing since I was eight years old, right around the time I first started saying that I wanted to be a writer. So, maybe I never had a say in the matter, and all else was merely a process of elimination. Any how, I’m here now, at the beginning of what will surely be a long and terrible journey. Wish me luck.
I started this blog in early November of 2011, just weeks after the Occupy Movement got going. I started the blog in support of my publishing efforts, but Occupy affected me in a very profound way, and then proceeded to hijack my writing for some six to eight months thereafter. My essay on Occupy Oakland’s unsuccessful attempt to take the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center received over 660 views on its first day posting (I thought there was something wrong with the stats page). I’m very proud of my experiences with OO, and my subsequent writing on the subject. The Movement helped me to figure out a little more who I am, it made me newly proud of my city and it gave me hope for the future. For now though, my priorities are re-set, and this blog may become a little more abstract-based. As of today, July 18, 2012, I have just finished a literary (not so) short story, which I’m posting piece by piece, and I’m working on a straight up horror story. I’m also trying to kick off an Occupy Oakland Writers Group, if there could be such a thing, and if it could have a use and longevity (which, in both instances, I believe it can).
I want everyone who reads any of this to feel free to comment and leave feedback. That goes for my blog posts, as well as my short fiction, my novel and my personal essays.
Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon.