Welcome to my Suspicious Epiphanies

Where did the title for this blog come from? Like many of my ideas, it came from a dream. One morning, probably twenty years ago, I woke up with the words “Suspicious Epiphanies” swimming around in my head. What does it mean? To me, it means to be aware of too-easy answers that our subconscious mind might hand us.

If I’m mulling over a question, and a sudden answer hits me like a lightning bolt, I have learned to be more aware of the source of the inspiration. Basically: is this epiphany what I wanted to hear, as opposed to what I really needed to hear? I am a believer in instinct and gut feelings, but I’ve learned there’s value in turning things over and looking at them from all angles, as well. Thus, Suspicious Epiphanies.

What will you find here in my blog? My typically off-kilter thinking on issues, books I am reading, music I am listening to, and my own unique way of looking at life. That unique view doesn’t make me special, by the way – we all have our own unique viewpoint. I’ve just chosen this venue to share mine with you, if you’d like. There will be pop culture, of course, because I am a pop culture kind of guy, especially as it relates to the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Inevitably, there will posts about my wife, Dawn Adele, and how she helps me learn to be a better human being by pointing out the several thousand ways I am wrong each day. If we live long enough, she might sand of enough of my rough edges to make me passable.

I write for a living, so there will be posts about that, as well – what I am working on, what I am publishing, and new dreams I might be dreaming. Right now, I am preparing to publish a new book called A Lap Around America, which will tell the true story of how I managed to talk my wife into quitting good jobs to pack our suitcases and see what was around the next corner of the ever-beckoning road.

I am currently writing two new books, because I am a glutton for punishment. One is called The Redemption of Michael Hollister, and it is the sequel to The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver. My very good author friend Terry Schott makes fun of me for my long titles, but as you can see, that hasn’t slowed me down. The Redemption of Michael Hollister is a challenging book to write, as it focuses on the most awful character in Thomas Weaver. “Redemption” is a huge theme in all my books, so I thought that even the villain of the piece deserves to have his shot, too.

Simultaneously, I am writing a so-far untitled memoir about growing up in small town America in the 1970s. It was an innocent time, at least for me, and I am having a blast reliving experiences from my youth, including being a crabber in Alaska at the tender age of 14, talking my way into a short order cook job at 15, when I didn’t even know how to boil water, and my unsuccessful attempt at growing marijuana in the Matanuska Valley the summer I was 16. I will eventually title it with a song title, just as I did my books Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now. The titles currently in contention are And So it Goes, Those were the Days, Time in a Bottle, and Strange Magic. If you have a strong opinion about one of them, please leave a comment. I am always open to suggestions, as well.

I’m not going to be overtly political here, ever, because I don’t think there’s much to be gained down that road. I will tell you what I think about certain issues from time to time.

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Cheers!

Shawn

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