Friday, May 30, 2014

Why Writing ?

A lot of people know me as a biologist, but not as a writer. I'm going to tell a little history about me and my writing.

  1. I've got a vivid imagination and anyone who knows me well, knows I talk to myself.
  2. I can create stories and stuff for multiple persona's pretty easily.
  3. I wanted to get my PhD in Plant Physiology and teach at the college level.
  4. My first acclaimed story was in the eighth grade using Get Smart characters in a Roman setting.
Let me go on and talk about number 3 above and this will give an insight into my writing. Before I graduated college, I took the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), which is put out by the same people that do the SAT, only this compares your knowledge to other college graduates, not high school graduates. I signed up to take the standard test and the specialty test for biologists. You need to have the test results to apply to graduate school. I also had five letters of recommendation from five of my biology professors, including my plant phys. prof that wrote a 6 page typed letter of recommendation that was just awesome. 

GRE results: I considered myself a pretty darn good student of biology, and I still do, results of the GRE were just average, which isn't really bad since I was being compared to other college graduates, but for graduate school, perhaps not enough. But another score from the GRE shocked me:

I scored within the top 4% in Reading Comprehension and in the top 6% in Verbal Reasoning. WOW. This is comparing all college graduates that took the test on that day, including those, I assume, in literary majors. I should have been a lawyer, except stealing and being a general troll is not my style. I was dumbfounded. Here I thought my skills were highest in science, and all along, I was an literary guy.

So what have I done with those skills? At some employers, I was the person to review laws and regulations and give interpretations. Reasoning has it's value in deriving something new and I've invented a number of new tests, methods and other stuff. I've done ad copy for places I've worked as well as for my own business. I've written scripts for radio commercials, product descriptions with fictional characterizations, stories about dolts I've worked with for amusement among employees. Yes, lots of things. 

The science still plays a part in my life though. My books usually have some sort of scientific tidbit or slant to them that the average person has no idea about. Of course since I write fiction, many may not believe it anyway.

That's enough about me for today.

Stanislaus County Library Community Novel

I signed up, I wrote and we'll see what happens. I did chapter 2. Check it out:

Ashes in a Teardrop

Monday, January 13, 2014

I Dreamt of the NJ Govenor

Chris Christie in the Meadowlands: Notice the Party of No brand on his flank.
Early this morning just before I woke, I had a dream. There were about 20 grizzly bears milling about a clearing, growling and looking menacing at each other. All at once, a huge grizzly bounded for a tree and with a powerful leap, jumped at least twenty feet into the air and grabbed a buffalo from the tree and brought it to the ground. It began to tear at the hide of the beast and the buffalo kicked and squirmed as it fought to escape.

The other bears jumped into the fray, and eventually the buffalo trotted off although most of its skin had been torn from its body so just muscle showed. A group of bears followed...

AND THEN IT HIT ME. What the F_ck is a buffalo doing in a tree? I woke up.

I went to the track later this morning to work out, and still thought of this dream. That's when it came to me: It must be an allegory to the problems Chris Christy is having after the bridge fiasco. It's been on the news constantly for the last few days.

The bears have that buffalo treed, and as he slips closer to the ground, they'll tear him apart. That's my dream analysis. I'm just glad the press didn't break the story about his affair with Cory Booker. Oh Sh_t, was I suppose to mention that.