On December 30, 2018, I married my soulmate wife, the former Martha Scott.
We met at a dinner party in October 2016 and wound up sitting next to each other. We both had corporate leadership backgrounds and hit it off right away. We found out we both liked Frosted MiniWheats, progressive and classical music, and the book “Executive Orders” by Tom Clancy.
On our first real date, I took Martha to the Fox Theatre to see “Anderson, Wakeman and Rabin” (three former members of the rock group Yes). They’re among my favorites and she loved them, too.
We’re both retired from corporate jobs now, but we’re still pretty busy. Martha does a lot of civic work and is on the board of directors for a local school. And I write and play music.
When I married Martha, I inherited Leo the stubborn red-headed toy poodle. He’s the sweetest little dog ever, but as stubborn as the day is long. I took him outside to potty once, but he didn’t want to go because it was snowing. Finally, I carried him out and ordered him to do his business. The little rascal sat down in the snow and looked at me like “I’m not going to do it and you can’t make me.” We’ve figured out that when we ask him something, he will sit down when he doesn’t want to do it. Sitting down means “no”. Who knew?
Martha and I have six kids between us from previous marriages and some of them have families of their own. We’re like most extended families – there’s no shortage of drama and challenges. But that’s part of life and at least it keeps things interesting.
Martha and I get together with each of the kids as often as we can. Family is more important than anything else.
I never thought much about writing when I was young. I started my writing career late in life, after talking to a former student and getting harassed by her for not writing down all the stories I was fond of telling over the years. After thinking about it, I sat down and wrote a memoir about camping as little kids with my brother. I showed it to my friend and she passed it on to David Skinner, the editor of the online magazine “SouthernReader.com”. It was published in the e-magazine and you can read “The Camping Parachute” at the link below. By the way, this e-magazine is a great way to really learn about the Southern United States. Oh, and the student who encouraged me? Her name is Lisa Love and she is a regular contributor for SouthernReader.com.
So I wrote “Time Limits” a few years ago and it’s now available in a number of outlets or directly from this website. You can purchase it online or on my Bookstore page.
You can read more about it elsewhere on this website.
The story idea for “Time Limits” was rattling around in my head for many years before I started writing. I even tried to talk my mom into writing it, but she kept pushing it back at me. She had her own books to work on and she knew I could do it. There are links to her books as well as my daughter Megan’s book on the Bookstore page.
Eventually, it got to the point that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I realized that it wouldn’t get done unless I did it. So I sat down and kept plugging away until it was done. I have to tell you; it was a blast. I should have started writing a long time ago.
And one of the smartest things I ever did was to find a literary critique group that took the book and my writing skills to levels I didn’t expect to be possible.
The other really smart thing I learned was to write at least a little bit every day – If you don’t, you end up spending your writing time trying to remember where you were when you were writing before. There’s a story about how I learned this, but I’ll save it for another place.
At present, I’ve finished a sequel to “Time Limits” and it is tentatively named “The Time Twisters”. I promised my Mom (she’s 94 now) that I’d try to go the traditional publishing route first, so I’m searching for a literary agent to represent me for that book. So far, I haven’t found the right person for the job.
“The Time Twisters” continues the story started in “Time Limits” and gets much more into the other characters from that book. They play a much larger role in a plot that threatens to change the political course of the United States. More about this later.
In the early 1960’s, two bands showed up in England – the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Shortly after, I went to a sock hop at the local recreation center down in Warner Robins, Georgia (my hometown). A band called “The Bushmen” provided the music and all the girls I had crushes on were standing in front of the band and looking all dreamy-eyed. This 13 year old was hooked for life. It looked like a good job to me. I decided to learn to play the guitar.
Of course, it wasn’t long before I found out how much fun it was, just to make music. For me, it was the ultimate team sport – practice after school (rehearsal), work out plays (songs), and schedule some games (gigs). I switched to play bass guitar early on and worked to get better. I’m not the best or fastest player by far. I consider myself pretty average, but I like to think my bass parts fit the songs we play and I provide a good foundation for the band.
I played in a lot of bands in my early years. I laid it down for a long time, and then picked it back up in the 1990’s. Since then, I don’t go very long without an instrument in my hands.
At present, I have several projects going – three good bands and a duo. We play in local clubs around northeast Georgia and have a blast doing it. Our repertoire is mostly classic rock and, as one of our drummers says, “eclectic rock”.
One of my greatest desires is to be invited to sit in with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock group consisting of published authors. That would be a great honor.
I worked in Information Technology for many years. My greatest adventure was to help start a private company with JJ Alvarez and other colleagues from Accenture. You can read about Zivra LLC here.
I belong to three Writers Clubs. You can find them at the links below: