Why does the creation of art correlate so highly with the suffering of the artist? Writers, in particular, are so plagued by dark circumstance that I could rattle off an unending list of authors who suffer from deep depression, bouts with the bottle, and so on.

To be completely honest, that explains how Breaking Gravity came to be. I wrote that story during the blackest period of my life. A few months before, I lost business I’d been running for almost a decade. I held on as long as I could, just praying the economy would recover.

By the time I finally started laying people off, it was too late. I had burned through my entire life savings, even drained the college fund I had set up for my boys. I ended up having to file bankruptcy, both corporate and personal, and my wife had to go back to work. Still, we nearly lost our home.

I sunk into a deep, dark depression. Not so much because I mourned the loss of the business. And not so much because times were tight and nobody was hiring. More because I had lost my identity.

Before my devastating failure, I was a businessman. An entrepreneur. A guy with three college degrees in business. Yet I was reduced to day laborer, making $10 an hour when I was lucky enough to find something to do.

I’m embarrassed to admit humiliated I was, but believe me when I tell you… crushed me completely. The only reason I didn’t eat a barrel is because I couldn’t do that to my boys. Or to my wife, really.

I spiraled down, no parachute. I hit bottom, every bit of me splattered out. But I finally let go. And that’s when I started writing.

So why am I sharing this sob story? Because I’ve recently become involved with a really cool group of authors who actually give sh*t about other human beings. They are raising funds to help other who are struggling to keep their sh*t together during the holidays. And that’s something I can get down with. I may not be able to give every poor soul a hug, but I can certainly give back.

I truly believe this is a great cause.

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So I got murdered by Mike Tyson last night, thanks to my meds producing some wack dreams.

Anyway, I was partying at Tyson’s house, it was late and most everybody was passed out except me and Mike. Apparently he’s a recovering alcoholic, and had just been pretending to drink all night. He was angry and crying, drinking great gulps of grapefruit juice from the container, searching his bar for vodka with juice running down his chin.

I was trying to push him away, trying to save him from himself.

“No man, America doesn’t hate you! We love you, man. America loves your kind of story. You came up on the mean streets and made something of yourself! You’re a hero! The best heroes have to fall so they can rise again. That’s all, man. You just have to rise again. But lay off the ears this time. What kind of idiot eats another man’s ear?”

When he turned to look at me, his eyes were bright red and he grew long fangs. I couldn’t breath, I knew I was about to die. That’s when I woke up…



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