About Me: Beauty and the Beast
My wife and I have several kids, well 4 which is several to some and only a few to others. One of our kids is special needs. He was diagnosed with severe, low-functioning, non-verbal Autism at a young age so this is something that we have been aware of and working with for many years now as he is an adult today.
One of the things about having a child with special needs, especially one who can't talk, is that you are the ultimate advocate and mouthpiece for that child. No matter how old they may be, you are always the one that will understand their needs better than just about anybody else, especially them, and if you don't speak up for them then likely nobody will.
From the get go we were both pretty involved parents, even with our marital relationship was not in a good place. My wife handled a lot of the medical appointments and doctors and I handled any issues with schools, clinics, etc., that didn't live up to the standards and policies they promoted and preached.
Word Counts: Then vs. Now
Music and Memories
Introducing Nerd Sh!t
New Reader Magazine Nightmare Story
I have blogged in the past about how groups have contacted me regarding a variety of services they want to sell me in connection with my books once they’ve been published. To date, I have yet to agree to terms with any of these groups as their sales pitches always seem fishy to me and they refuse to provide references despite their sometimes steep asking price. I have even gone so far as to establish a permanent page on my website dedicated to these groups, their salespeople, their offers, and my interactions with them with the hopes that others may discover it before signing any agreement with a group that may not be able to deliver on the promises they sell.
Recently (June 2, 2022, to be exact), I was contacted by another author who had found my information and wanted to share their story regarding their involvement with one of these groups. What follows is a breakdown of the events as reported to me by this author involving a group who had also reached out to me with a similar pitch. The author has requested to remain anonymous, which I can understand and respect, and will only be referred to as J. Doe but this is that author’s story which I have been allowed to share.
Authors and Ads
Family Inspired Characters
Busting the "Nerd" Stigma
When people hear others talk about their love for books/movies like Lord of the Rings or games like World of Warcraft or Dungeons & Dragons they often think of the stereotypical "nerd" with their pocket protectors, taped up glasses, sitting around in some dark basement living out fantasy lives that could never be part of their real lives. This has been the standard image for "nerds" for decades now and even somewhat popularized again recently with the depiction of the kids in Netflix's Stranger Things.
The truth is this, nerds are not only socially shy kids with puny physical statures. Nerds can come in any shape and size. And while celebrity nerds like Henry Cavill and Vin Diesel might not have always been the musclebound men that we see today on the big screen, not all nerds come from such humble beginnings.