Meet Mike and discover how he went from growing up in Alaska to being a Hollywood screenwriter to writing Good Lunchtime Stories just for you.
First of all, don't get excited, I didn't have anything to do with writing the Seinfeld TV show. I just happened to be at the movie studio where they did the show and my wife Mary took this nice picture of me.
Sorry if I burst your bubble.
Storytelling is something I've done all my life.
I've always observed people, places and things.
But I never considered myself a writer until I was in my late teens.
When I was in high school, I became an intern at a local TV station. After I graduated from High School, the TV station hired me full time to work on local production.
Soon after, I was given the opportunity to write public service announcements for various local non-profit organizations.
And that's when I became a professional writer.
From there I wrote television commercials, and then on-air promotional announcements.
Look mom, I became a Hollywood Screenwriter.
Somewhere along the way, I decided that I wanted to write movie screenplays.
Well, you don't just roll out of bed one day and say "Hollywood, here I am" and go off and become a screenwriter.
But one day I met a producer who asked me to "pitch" him a couple of ideas for a movie.
So two days later, I found myself in the producer's office, where several people were sitting around staring at me as if to say "dazzle us with your storytelling."
Then the producer looked at me and growled, "so whaddaya got?"
Well here I was in Hollywood and someone just ask me what I had. So I launched into an idea.
The producer's eyes got big and he looked over at one of his "minions" and said, "hey, whaddaya think? This could work."
Shortly, after what felt like a collage hazing, I was asked to write the story.
And just in case you're thinking this was one of those Hollywood success stories, I will tell you that I did go on to write the screenplay... but it was never produced.
I was one of the writers on a movie titled "The Long Ride Home" starring country singer Randy Travis, Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine and Julia Roberts brother Eric in a rare "good guy" role.
As things worked out, I did not receive any on-screen writing credit... Oh Hollywood.
I have discovered that for me, I enjoy writing shorter stories and fun articles.
And of course that brings me to this website, Good Lunchtime Stories.
I get up in very early in the morning and think about writing.
Then I lay back down and go back to sleep like a normal person.
Sometime later in the day I wake up.
I write with pencils.
My wife sharpens them for me.
She uses a steak knife.
I have never found a way to "upload" what I write with a pencil.
In the real world, like most authors, I'm an observer. I also enjoy reading about interesting people, places and things.
I write with a laptop and I still use a mouse. Sometimes the mouse gets away and I have to catch a new one. Who ever said writing is easy never had to catch a mouse.
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