I have been a high school English teacher for over 20 years. I live in San Diego with my wife and two daughters. Currently, I edit the on-line literary journal for short poetry and micro/flash fiction called LITSNACK.
I am also chronicling my on-line publications at www.danslitcafe.blogspot.com. I'd love for you to take a peek, if you're so inclined.
To paraphrase Natalie Goldberg, I write because putting an idea down in words on paper is one of the most powerful acts I know. It gives an idea weight, gravity, and import. It helps the writer leave a legacy that will live on, perhaps giving that writer just an ounce of immortality.
Authors: David Mamet, Sam Shepard, David Sedaris, Raymond Carver, Shakespeare, Michael Connelly.
Books: Lolita. The Great Gatsby. Of Mice and Men. Hamlet.
Hello Dan. Thanks so much for your comments on my stories. It's a treat to know that a few words can make someone laugh, or think, for that matter. Accidents on my part, I assure you! Best to you.
Hey, Dan. Good to know you're here, and thanks for taking my story. It's a real honor.
thanks dan my man
thanks Dan! I'll have to learn how to migrate around this place!
Of Mice and Men is one of my favorite books, too.
Thanks for the great comment on and fave of "Whiplash Marriage," Dan. And thank you for the extremely kind compliment!
Thanks, Dan, for mentioning me in your interview, (I feel very flattered!) and for giving a star to my story "Repair Man."
Thank you for your comment Dan. I aspire to David Sedaris but am happy if I fall somewhere along the lines of Bridget Jones and her long-running feud with medical assistants.
Dan, welcome to the Prick of the Spindle group! Thanks for joining.
Hey Dan -- thanks so much for your nice comments about "Stalling." Wow. Really made my day...
It's good to have you here!
Interesting how many high school English teachers are here - interesting and encouraging! Good to know our youth is being educated by people who really care about writing. Your work reads a little like a screenplay - very visual, very aware of 'moments.' If you haven't already, please read 'My son the violent homosexual.' I think you would appreciate the cross-cultural setting but remarkably similar high school issues.
Great to meet a fellow San Diego writer. :) Hope you'll have a great year in 2010~
I appreciate your kind words about my story. Thanks too, for inviting me to join LITSNACK. I feel like I've been asked to eat lunch at the popular kids' table. I'll submit some writing to you soon. All the best for 2010.
Dan, Thank you so much for your touching comment on Shopping Mall Santa, one of the loveliest things anyone has ever said about my writing. Hope that holiday spirit visits you often in the coming year.
Thanks for reading my stories here, Dan. Look forward to reading yours, too!