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When I first sat at my brand new computer to write the great American novel, after years of life's daily intrusions—family, children, work, struggling businesses, a wife or three—my mind was as blank as the screen. No plot came to mind. No genre. No story. My lifelong ambition lay fallow.
The only stories I had ever told or written were true stories, of my troubled childhood, my adventures, misadventures, successes, and failures. Coming of age and sexual awakening stories. Told in letters to former neighbors, to buddies moved away, to my children at bedtime, to the women in the office, and to new friends who had become part of the story.
As many writers do, I kept a journal. It occurred to me that I needed no plot. That within my journals lay exciting stories crying to be told; stories that might not merely entertain, but that would counter misconceptions, dispel harsh opinions and raise understanding and compassion for a dishonored niche of society I had come to know and care for, and, on occassion, grown fond of. During a two-year period in the early 2000s, I became acquainted with and developed friendships with several drug-addicted and homeless female prostitutes, and with the men who accompanied them in their anomie world: hangers-on or enablers. Men known as sugar daddies, clients, or johns. Men who might themselves have been addicted, perhaps homeless, perhaps with handy rooms and transportation. Men with guns.
And so it is that the stories I now choose to tell appear in three volumes, any one of which might have brought you to this site. The first, Toot Toot: On becoming a john, begins the story that continues in the second, Beep Beep: On being a john. The third, taken from childhood memories, is titled I Like to Walk: A Child's Journey to Understanding.
Those volumes, and other musings included here—See Honk Honk: Recovery—might prompt you to contribute your own relevant stories. Those contributions are welcome.
If you have questions, I will either answer honestly or not at all. I will offer no advice, but will happily receive yours.
For a more private communication, reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To order my books, I recommend Booklocker.com. https://booklocker.com/8186 for Toot Toot: On becoming a john, https://booklocker.com/12665 for Beep Beep: On being a john, and for I Like to Walk: A Child's Journey to Understanding go to https://booklocker.com/12069. Of course, you may go to any book seller of your choice.