A bad day on a motorcycle is worse than a good day riding in a car, unless you crash, then riding a motorcycle sucks, but what is the worse that could happen?  You could crash and die, or even worse yet you could crash and live but be paralyzed or brain damaged, but all these things could still happen to you if you were involved in a major car accident.  All though riding a motorcycle is a high-risk activity, there are things you can do to reduce the risk.  Ride smart; don’t speed in traffic, watch out for people in cars who either don’t see you or don’t care and pull out in front of you.  These are just a few things you can do to ride safe.  Some people think that crashing is something that happens to the other guy; I’m too good a rider for that, they think, but they’re wrong.  It can happen to anyone no matter how good you are.

My older brother died in a motorcycle crash, I slid off a curve on a mountain road at thirty miles and hour, and I’ve seen my brothers go down on the road, but I still throw my leg over my motorcycle every day and ride because it’s what I do; it’s part of who I am.  I have no desire to go bungee jumping or to sky dive; that not what I’m into: I ride motorcycles.  I refuse to live the so-called safe life, because that kind of life sounds boring.  I believe in living life to its fullest and enjoying every minute I have here on Earth.  Even if I do go out riding a motorcycle, at least it will be while I was doing something I enjoy.  I plan to die when I’m ninety-three, sitting on my front porch after I just took my last ride on my Harley.  Until then, I’ll keep hanging with my bros and keep my face in the wind.

I usually write at night, after I come home from work.  When I start a new story or another writing project, I keep at it, plugging away until I complete the rough draft.  Then I let it set for a week or so and go back through it, tweaking it several times until it is the best I can do and then I let my wife Marlene read it.  She is my first reader.  After taking in her advice, I might tweak it some more, and send it in to a publisher.  Then comes the hard part: waiting.  Editors love making writers wait, but I don’t sit on my hands.  I start the next project.

You also need a thick skin to be a writer.  You get a lot of rejections.  You get a lot of no’s but it only takes one yes.  I wrote for years with out getting anything published, but now I have about five or six short stories published in anthologies, a couple published on line and two novels coming out.  My Novel, The Tale Spinner, will be available for pre order from Otherworld publications on 03/08/2011 and I should have my novel, Door Number Two back from IENovel’s editors next month.  I am also working on a science fiction novel and an anthology consisting of my own stories.  That is about it for now, but my advice to people who would like to get published is just keep on writing.