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My work includes four high-concept screenplays, a dozen short stories, a middle grade sci-fi fantasy novel, and dozens of story-based folk songs, twenty of which I play on stage weekly.

In my twenties I was singer-songwriter in Austin and later in Sausalito, California. There I taught songwriting at the former Family Light Music School. During my tenure I was fortunate to be the student of master blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield. In that period I wrote Songwriting: How To Write Music and Lyrics published by Ermine Press. I moved to Los Angeles where I wrote songs that came as soundtracks to my dreams. I performed the songs and won a prize at a Len Chandler and John Braheny’s L. A. Songwriters Showcase. In 1981 I gave up songwriting to write screenplays, short stories and, more recently, novels.

As I wrote these works, I made my living as a carpenter, factory foreman, shipping manager and, for twenty five years, a software developer and engineer. In 2017 I retired from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where, for thirteen years, I wrote secure, object-oriented, data-driven applications for research scientists. In 2017 my artist wife and I moved to Boise, Idaho where I have become a performer once more.

In 2012 I began dreaming songs again.  I plan to complete a CD in the summer. To watch videos of my songs, click on the HOME tab above.

I am currently in the process of finding an editor for the novel. Later in 2019 marketing the edited manuscript will become my primary work, though I will continue to perform.




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