I was born in San Francisco but raised in the San Fernando Valley, so I did not entirely escape the Valley Girl accent or activities such as making many unnecessary and redundant trips to the Galleria while growing up in Sherman Oaks.


I am embroiled in a love/hate relationship with Los Angeles that may lean more toward the derogatory side even though I have hypocritically enjoyed the fruits of its positive side; L.A. does have convenient access for lots of outdoor fun–hiking, biking, camping, skiing not far away. On a side note, I learned how to ski when I was 19, in about five hours, something I attribute directly to being a crackerjack roller skater.


I was encouraged in the sixth grade to write more by an attentive English teacher, encouragement which seemed to say, “It’s all right if you’re a loner and a hermit; I approve. Go ahead and lock yourself up in your room for hours on end, scratching away on a piece of paper, while everyone else is outside playing.” I read a lot of depressing uber-realistic books as a kid until I discovered Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood.

Majoring in English at UCLA did not improve my life at all. It appeared I would have to be inventive in the job market upon graduation. I felt like I could maybe be inventive with words, just not with jobs. But words could…lead to jobs…so maybe I had a chance.

I remember telling my creative writing mentor that I wanted to write a story about someone who disappeared into a mirror for one reason or another, and my mentor very gently said he’d prefer if I “stayed in reality for now.”

I remained there, unmoving, until one day I began to suspect that reality was grossly overrated. Who here suspects the same? Let’s see a show of hands. Is anyone raising their hands? Because, uh, I can’t really see you in here…

What is the secret to life? you ask me. Or maybe you didn’t ask me. Maybe I asked myself. I would say almost everything can be boiled down to a bit in one of Eddie Izzard’s stand-up routines: “Cake or death?”

You have to choose. In one way or another. I can get into the serious stuff, but lately I’ve chosen cake. Lightly frosted. Urban and paranormal. Set in my nemesis city: Los Angeles. I figure laughing is much better than crying. Usually. And if I can make other people laugh, I’ve reached my goal. Then I can die happy. Basically. More or less.



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    • aHA; I have been here before; I’ve just come from my ‘About’ page in search of someone who disappeared into a mirror thinking it was reality and seems to have found an ‘interstellar’ way of peeking through the books (I hope you’re still with me – you said you’re into films) into others’ blogs thinking you were ‘home’ and thinking you must have been these other people all along

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  1. I know the feeling! But let’s do later for you rather than sooner, Michael. I think you’d be sorely missed.
    However, if you’re still offering that cake……… 🙂


    • Hi, John. Thanks a lot, and thanks for following. I don’t always talk about movies, but when I do we could probably have some fun discussions. 🙂

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