It is all about the adventure!
I don’t write fiction adventure, I live adventure and record what it is like.
When I was growing up, I had a mother and three sisters. We lived in the country with noone around. My sisters insisted that I was a girl and dressed me in panties, braws, and dresses, and since that was me that was ok with me. They got what they wanted, a chic with a dick to satisfy them.
I was in the US Navy from 1979 to 1986, and lived in Asia for five years without ever coming back to the United States. My first job in the Navy was Fire Control Ballistic Technician. We are the ones who maintains the fire control systems for ballistic missiles on submarines, which is the computers and related equipment that ensures that hopefully, this missile, which can travel one fourth of the way around the world and release a nuclear bomb, gets close to what it is supposed to obliterate.
During Submarine School, we are taught about being under water and about compression and decompression. This is because the dives don’t always equal the surfaces, most unfortunately. To pass Submarine School, we have to free ascend from a depth of 150 feet under water. This is to show us that if a submarine is only a couple of hundred feet down, you can make it to the surface. During this training, both of my ear drums were ruptured. This nearly kicked me out of the Navy, and did kick me out of the submarine force.
My next job was maintaining computers, radars, and radios on the aircraft carrier USS Midway. This was the same aircraft carrier in the battle of Midway Island, in ’42 I think.
My best experience was driving this thing. One night, I relieved the helm to take her for a spin. It was a perfectly calm night, and the water was totally calm. On radar screens on my left and right I could see Vietnam. In front of me was 500 feet of aircraft carrier with about 40 fighter jets tied to the deck. Below me was a 60,000 ton aircraft carrier, 5,000 men sleeping or working, and enough ordinance to blow Asia off of the map.
So here I am with my hands on this huge wooden wheel. In front of this wheel is a very large compass. You are told what heading to take, and you steer this monster where you are told to take it.
I totally loved this. I am driving something that could take out countries. “Ok, mother fuckers, fuck with me now!”
On the wheel were claw marks. I could see and feel the ghosts who had once stood in human life where I was standing and watch Japanese Zeros coming at them though the windows, sweating that they would not crash into the room they were standing in.
So on my drivers record, I have car, truck, motor cycle, submarine, and aircraft carrier.
In high school I rode a bull in two rodeos. I believe in doing anything twice, because you may have missed something the first time. In two times I was convinced that they were totally out of their minds and never did it again. It cost me a tooth both times.
After the Navy, I repaired two way radios for Motorola. Businesses, fire departments, ambulances, and police vehicles all had them. While doing this I completed a degree in Computer Science at Tarrant County College, with a lot of business and accounting. The next five years I worked as a computer programmer and book keeper. I decided that this was not my calling. Computers don’t hug you or kiss you. They only piss you off.
When I wrote the novel If You’re Scared of Me Now, Wait Till I’m Dead , I lived the life of Ann, a strong and vengeful woman. I had to see what it was like to record the details.
The book that I am currently finishing, A Transgender Autobiography, I get to express the real me. I have always been transgender, but have not flaunted it with all crowds. While working on this book, I let it all hang out to better have the words and passion to detail what this wonderful lifestyle entails.
My friends, family, and acquaintances are amazed and embarrassed by the adventures that I live, but what is that to me? It is my life, and I am going to life it to the fullest until the wheels fall off.
In my next book, Dream Weavers, which I am still fleshing out, I will live my life as one of them.