About the author

I am the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent can be found at LosingMyReligions.net. Currently, I am President of One Step for Animals; previously, I was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before my unfortunate encounter with activism, I was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). My hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. I live in Tucson with my soulmate and reluctant editor Anne, along with the occasional snake and scorpion.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

“A tour de force! It’s really unlike anything I’ve read before.” +Buddhism

From a full-time professional writer:

I’ve been reading your book -- it’s a tour de force! The narrative and visuals (everything from Death Valley to chocolate crinkle cookies) are so lively. It’s really unlike anything I’ve read before. ...
“I can’t end this email without acknowledging so, so much pain. I don’t even know what to say about what you’ve endured. But I’m hearing it through your words.”

Commentary: This is the first review from someone I wouldn't consider a pretty good friend (I've never met them in person, and only exchanged ~10 emails with them) and the first one from a professional writer. After their comments came in, I realized how much I had been yearning for such an affirmation. (Not that the other feedback hasn't mattered! It truly has.) (And, of course, 50 literary agents turned me down.)

is, in several different ways, my life's work. I didn't write it for praise, but after pouring so much into it, I did want it to be good.

Of course, Buddhism notes that desire (and attachment) are what lead to suffering. (Along with Crohn's and lung collapses.)

So it goes.

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