Gary the Writer

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I was always convinced that one day I would become a cartoonist. I just knew that it would happen. It did, briefly, in that I made a few dollars drawing cartoons for a short while, but I never actually became a professional. It was always just a hobby. As I grew older, I drifted into other hobbies, and spent less and less time cartooning.

For a while I was consumed with the activities of the local Doctor Who fan club. I was also an avid police scanner enthusiast. And because of my vocation, I enjoyed playing around building Web sites. And finally, I was, and still am, an amateur radio operator.

But it wasn't until recently that I consciously realized that during most of my life, I had been a writer.

In retrospect, it's hard to imagine how I had overlooked the fact. When I was young, I would draw silly four-page magazines (instead of paying attention in class). The magazines would include plenty of dialog in addition to cartoons. I had friends with whom I corresponded by mail. When I became enamored with Doctor Who, I wrote a column for the local club's fan magazine. Later, I started to write a column about amateur radio.

But, for some unfathomable reason, I never considered myself to be a writer. It was never a goal of mine, it was just something I did naturally.

All that changed after I retired. While trying to figure out what to do with myself, I came across dozens of short stories that I had written, plus notes on ideas for many more.

Good grief, I was a writer!

Well, at the moment you won't find any of my works on the shelves of bookstores. But now that I'm aware of that side of my personality, I'm working harder on it. I did, in fact, just complete my first novel. (Whether or not it will ever be published is another matter.)

In any case, here are some of my shorter works (generally science fiction) for, I hope, your reading pleasure.

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