(internal dialogue) 

ME: "Did… did we just make that quote up?"

MY BRAIN: "I have no idea?"

ME: "Well, it sounds like something we've read before."

MY BRAIN: "Search Google."

(searches google)

MY BRAIN(cont): "Find anything?"

ME: "Nothing. I think we really just made that up. What should we do?"

MY BRAIN: "Do we quote ourself?"

ME: "I don't like it when people do that. It seems like something a cult leader would do."

MY BRAIN: "Should we just put that it's anonymous?"

ME: "No way! That's ours. Just leave it out there and see what happens."

MY BRAIN: "What if it's already a quote?"

ME: "Trust me. Someone will let us know."

MY BRAIN: "Then we take it down?"

ME: "No. We put quotation marks on it and give credit where credit is due."

MY BRAIN: "Good point. We are a writer. We would expect the same thing from someone else."

ME: "Naturally."

It's me with a ferret. How great is that?! It's super great! We had a selfie staring contest. I lost.

First of all, thanks for visiting my site! You being here means I can show the analytical data to my wife and kids and prove to them that amazing people find me even though my metadata skills are atrocious. Then, they praise me for being right and apologize for not having faith in me… or they don't. It all depends on if they're watching something really important at the time like This is Us or Pokemon. That sort of thing. If that's the case, then my family usually glances my way and they say something to the effect of, "that's great," but in a way that lets you know they're just acknowledging you.

"You feel you have a purpose. That's great."

See how I didn't even add an exclamation point to that. That's how it sounds. I hold my heart in disbelief, shut the power off from the breaker, and wait till their thunderous applause fills my ears. Why? Cause this isn't as easy as it looks. Not by a long shot.

Why I Write

Let's face the facts? Writing fictional stories, along with writing about what it's like to be the father of 7 children, is a lot easier when you're just writing for yourself. Putting it out there for people to see is quite a different beast altogether. You actually have to finish what you start. The nerve!

Maybe it's just my bias, but I believe writing sometimes takes you into the deep places of your soul that you'd rather not transverse. Not so much at the beginning, but it happens eventually. In the beginning, it's a new story and new stories are fresh, fun, and full of potential. I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but finishing a story is equivalent to killing its chances of exploring its own potential.

I hope that makes sense? How about if I say it like this?

There are always two different sources at work when you write. They sometimes float happily downstream together like two peacefully sleeping sea otters.

Look at them! Not a Care in the world. It's because they have each other.

Other times, they fight for ownership and will not stop until their version is complete.

The two sources I'm speaking of is the author and the story itself.

As the author, and at the beginning of your creation, you can manipulate and navigate it to your liking. That is until characters take shape and begin to nudge you in the direction that they believe they should go. Fight it as you might, you can't help but agree with them at times. Eventually, you see that it's a pointless endeavor to hold them down and make them do what you think they should. They take control and start to tell you what's going to happen next. The truth of the matter is, stories are like children. You, as a parent are only given so many chapters to write. They will eventually claim ownership and take it to places you may have never imagined. You must be okay with this. This site is helping me to be okay with it. I hope you like it, but I also hope it helps you as well.

This is supposed to be about me, isn't it?

How about this:

Things I Love

  1. God
  2. Wife
  3. Kids
  4. Parents
  5. Friends
  6. Church
  7. Seeing People Succeed
  8. Writing
  9. Drawing
  10. Watching Cartoons
  11. Playing Online
  12. Walking
  13. Pre 1960's Jazz
  14. Hikikomoris
  15. Eating
  16. Coffee
  17. Cooking
  18. Getting Ready to Make a List
  19. Making a List
  20. Finishing a List

Things I Don't Like

  1. Satan
  2. Pain
  3. Physical Labor
  4. Country Music
  5. Power Outages
  6. Seeing People Give Up
  7. Spoiled Leftovers
  8. Not Being with My Family
  9. Dark Chocolate
  10. Motion Sickness
  11. Traffic
  12. Hoarding
  13. Being Late
  14. Missing Trash Day
  15. Automatic Windows
  16. Poor Hygiene
  17. Cold Showers
  18. Small Bathtubs
  19. Reality Television
  20. Waiting for Young Justice Season 3

Life Goals

  1. To Never Go A Day Without Reading The Bible
  2. To Never Go A Day Without Prayer and Worship
  3. To Never Go A Day Without Showing My Family How Much I Love Them
  4. To Never Stop Believing In People
  5. To Publish All My Picture Books
  6. To Have a Certain Illustrator Draw One or More of My Picture Books
  7. To See Many of Them Become Cartoons
  8. To Voice a Cartoon Character
  9. To Write an Episode of Adventures In Odyssey
  10. To Write a Manga
  11. To Write an Album
  12. To Be Fluent In Japanese
  13. To Leave an Inheritance for My Children's Children
  14. To Taste Food from All Over The World
  15. ...