In 1979 I undertook my first attempt at writing a novel, Bad Timing. I devoted two to three hours per week-day to my portable electric Olympic typewriter. I succeeded. The novel was finished in 1982 and gracefully rejected by publishers.. But my accomplishment overpowered the rejections. That manuscript was lost until mid-2018 and after discovering it in a tattered old moving box, I gained a new appreciation for words typed on bond paper.
It was that first novel that provided me the confidence that I actually could write. During that period of time I penned numerous articles for local and regional publications and garnered a number of by-lines. The Salt Lake Tribune's publisher recognized my skill at writing travel articles and gave me the front page in their Sunday Travel Section every other Sunday for a couple of years. Utah Holiday Magazine published several articles. Expression Magazine provided me my first interview based article on Utah artist, Margret Card. Utah Business had me write a piece on Salt Lake's economic loss incurred when the Rolling Stones concert that could have been held at the University of Utah Football Stadium was declined; I was sent me to Boulder to gather data related to the associated economic loss to Salt Lake City. I had the pleasure of interviewing Chip Davis, founder of Mannheim Steamroller for The Event, and I believe that was the best piece I'd written during that period. It was published in The Event and in Penthouse. Most articles included my photographs. I will always thank Tom McCarthy, Salt Lake Tribune publisher for recognizing I could write and giving me the opportunity to become a published author.
During this period I also began ascending the corporate ladder and it was not difficult to comprehend which provided a greater return on my investment of time. In the corporate world I had all the writing experience one could ask for, writing press releases, business related articles, company directives, manuals, etc., as I progressed up the corporate ladder. I realized my writing skills were paying off in a different way than I'd previously thought possible and I didn't have to schlep books.
The outcome of writing and creating management manuals for one of America's largest companies resulted in the creation of the material I referred when as I wrote and independently published my first book, Successful Management 101; The Manager's Manual, available on Amazon. The second edition is scheduled for release in September 2019.
In 2018 I found another original manuscripts, Blizzard in Miami. It had been packed in a trunk in 1985 when we moved to a new house in Holladay, and contrary to what I believed for the past thirty-plus years, both books that had been lost for three decades are good stories that need polishing. I am transferring Bad Timing from analog to digital and editing during that process. I am also in the final stages of finish a small book of poetry and prose, Love & Disdain. that I expect to release in 2019.
Setting a time to write is not like it was in the past, as my brain seems to have taken control of when I write. I have said to friends when I missed engagements: "I do not summon words, they come for me." Fortunately, most understand.
"Inspiration knows not how to tell time.
She comes whenever she wants...….."
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Many years ago, in a rustic diner in Ruidoso, a small village in the mountains of New Mexico, I spent an evening with an Apache elder.........
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Did it ever have merit?
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LOVE & DISDAIN
Poetry and Prose
Successful Management 101
Available on Amazon
Second Edition available September 2019
RIGHT OR WRONG?
Years of doing the right thing is commendable. Most functioning at his level in society do that; they do the “right thing”...…….
As long as I can recall, I have worked at becoming an accomplished author. Having had no involvement within the literary community, ever, and nothing other than the required English courses in college, I ventured out on own, knowing I would overcome obstacles once encountered.