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I wrote my first dog stories when I was 8. Dogs still work their way into my writings, as my third cozy features one and I have a memoir planned to be about Martha, Cider, Teddy Bear, Dorrie Belle (who WAS quite the doorbell), Sunbeam, LarryDog, Lola, Nicky, and Lilly. When you usually have two dogs and you live a pretty good number of years, they do add up! But I am writing a more introspective book now, about being a research subject in an LSD experience right after I graduated from Stanford in 1964. It affected me in one … Continue reading →
I’m beginning to write about my experiences as a research subject on LSD back in 1964, right after I graduated from Stanford and while LSD was still legal. Shortly after my big day, I wrote “There is another world, and I know of it as I know of little else in life, for I saw it directly…” and went on to describe the massively transformational experience I had. In some ways it was like having an NDE (near-death experience). I plan to get it out this year, maybe pretty soon. You can sign up on my website to be notified, … Continue reading →
I just finished uploading the files to Amazon for the second editions of Dead in the Stacks, Bad Weather, Bad Man, and The Dog Barked MURDER. It’s very satisfying to wrap up a book, even more to wrap up three! Once the Kindles go live in a day or two, I will also go live with the paperback versions. These editions take care of errors, mainly, and they are a bit cleaner than the first ones, that is in terms of the intimate activities of the characters. Now to learn more about how to get the word out about these … Continue reading →
A friend asked me yesterday, “How do you remember things for your memoirs?” “I’ve been obsessive about journaling since I was quite young,” I said. “If I had to write my memoirs without those journals, I don’t think I could do it.” I waved my large 1973 journal at him and showed my tiny but mostly legible handwriting. He said, “One time I started dictating whatever I could remember from my childhood. I didn’t stop for two hours!” So there are many methods. I’ve been reading a few pages a day from 1973, and when I reflect on it, more … Continue reading →
I’m about to start writing my memoir about the time I was a LSD research subject. It was 1964, just days after I graduated from Stanford, and it changed my life tremendously. I learned about the research project from Bill Harman, who taught a course I took that spring on the human potential. I wonder if he invented that term. Anyway, he was also involved in the research project. He provided us with research papers on the beneficial effects of the psychedelic, and I mailed those to my mother. She gave me the $350 (in 1964 dollars!) it would cost, … Continue reading →