How does mission affect my writing?

We love tales with twists, near misses, triumphs, conflicts, and flawed but determined heroes—in fiction and real life. Run of the mill successes are important but unremarkable, but that night we snuck into the monks’ hot springs makes for a great story.

Below, you’ll find a sampling of short stories and essays that manifest my personal mission to live and write about a more misadventurous life. 

Nonfiction Essays

I seek to live and envision a more misadventurous life in large and small ways. To be deliberate about challenging myself, going to the edge, and getting out of my comfort zone. And then to share these encounters with abandon. It’s truth, with a wee bit of…embellishment.

Attention Shoppers

This essay/writing craft piece/farce-but-not-farce is the mostly true story of a book signing disaster. The legendary editor Alan Rinzler published this piece on his website here.

The Kiwi Bird Walks Like a Man

True story of an evening in the woods in New Zealand where we attempted to see an endangered Kiwi in its natural habitat. Published by inTravel Mag and can be read on their website here.

Coming to Fruition: A Manifesto

Essay about helping four seniors self-publish their writing. Find is on the Lulu.com blog here.

Short Stories

I love creating complex characters who think and live large. I give some of them superpowers to remember, relish, and learn from past misadventures. It’s fiction, grounded in a wee bit of truth.

Sugar Shack

3,500 words. This is a story about psychologist John Romano and his life-long fascination with the placebo effect. Reality is socially constructed and you can capitalize on that.

Career Advice for the Dying

1,200 words. This is one of those oddball satirical pieces that I hope makes readers think, “wait – is this really a thing?”

Marks Holiday Letter

700 words. My vision for a more captivating holiday letter.