George Elder, a fellow writer, wrote a book that looks to be a fascinating read. My Kindle has no shortage of material to keep me reading well into the next month, but what’s a little more? :)
George stopped by Improvisations on Reality to sound off about the personal influence that goes into his writing. We all have it: that teacher who encouraged us, that significant other who always inspires us to do something, that one life-changing event – or simply, as in George’s case, a series of events and strength of spirit.
I am delighted to host him on his blog tour.
Read on below the fold, please.
I have a very eclectic work and personal history—from college teacher, custodian, upper-
level scholar, drug addict, weight lifting coach, bouncer, and much more. My lifestyle included
hedonistic excesses and reckless physicality, the costs of which have come home to roost.
My eating, drinking, and drug use were the stuff of local legend, and as a result I suffer from
heart trouble, diabetes, high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis. Heavy weight lifting and
other extreme activities led to several collapsed discs, lots of torn up joints, broken bones,
and advanced arthritis.
On top of all that, I developed Multisystem Atrophy (MSA), a primary degenerative
neurological order that has no known treatment or cure. However, I doubt MSA will kill me.
Indeed, I was VERY lucky to have survived my last heart attack and am acutely aware that
every day is precious. Hey, it’s all borrowed time from here on end. That’s why I’m writing like
crazy, having completed six books in less than a year. There is no time like the present when
one doesn’t have much of a future! Ho, ho, ho! Ah, life is a hoot! Indeed, I’ve never felt more
alive than now, and my only regret is all the time I wasted getting high.
I was a successful writer and scholar before embarking on a retail sales venture that
devoured eight years of my life in mind-numbing tedium–and very long work hours. I had
published numerous articles, some in magazines with over a million readers. My previous
writing addressed nonfiction health-related issues for the most part, and I wanted to embark
on something more meaningful. Granted, it’s late in the game to take on a new career, but the
challenge doesn’t worry me. I’m free of most concerns, and am highly motivated to do what I
can while I can. How long I can be active is an open question!
Sci-Fi offers me the possibility to explore subjects I could never undertake before. Indeed,
the adventures within Child of Destiny allowed me to subtly explore philosophical issues that
I find compelling. For example, we all develop ideas about who and what we are, as in what
defines us as an Italian or Scott, Christian or Jew, scholar or warrior, and so it goes. But what
happens when nearly ALL our notions of who and what we are evaporates? What happens
when we are reduced to a realization that nearly everything we once held as being true is
shown to be a lie? How does one climb out of the valley that ensues? That is Kara’s essential
conflict, for at its nadir her despair become nihilistic — as are the forces she is supposed to be
Currently, I am completing a spirituality oriented text that reads like a Sci-Fi novel in many
places. This is only natural because the book is about dreams, a few of which have found
places in the Genesis series and the prequel Deep Thought. However, the dreams actually
happened, and the messages they left me with should be shared while I can still write. The
subject matter ranges from violence and greed to searching for God—and it places the
experiences will certainly grab the reader’s interest. The writing is very difficult because it is
1st-person active voice, a present tense flow that brings the reader into the text as an active
participant. I will turn it over to the text editor in eight days or so, and then start on the next
I have managed to do a lot of writing in a short time because my personal situation demands
it. We are only at life’s table for a short while, and I have spent all too much of my time
engaged in self indulgent behaviors. Hell, I still eat too damn much. But the point is, time
is best spent when it is shared with others. These books give a disabled man a means of
sharing time, to go out-and-about as it were. I’ve picked up some insights along the way
that may help a person or two find some meaning. Perhaps others will be entertained, and
it is time for me to be generous of spirit. Spirit is nearly all I have left to give, but I’m more at
peace now than ever. There is no fear, no worry, just the vexation of finding the right words
and the joy of sharing dreams and stories with new friends. What could be better than that?
Dr. George Elder.
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