Bewildering Stories biography
As a teenager, I read a lot and lacked social skills. At that time and in my twenties, I made some pitiful attempts at becoming a published author.
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1982 but was determined that this diagnosis would not ruin my life. In this vein, I had numerous work attempts for the next fifteen years, and some of them were successful. In my late twenties, I somewhat threw in the towel and began to live on public benefits.
Then came the computer age, and I asked my father for his old PC. Shortly after this, in my mid- to late thirties, I discovered I could write. By this time I was married to my wife, Joanna.
I had always wanted to be a writer because I can work at home, choose my own hours, and supervise myself. I started out writing articles for Street Spirit newspaper. Later, I started writing opinion pieces for Berkeley Daily Planet. I eventually did a column for the Daily Planet “On Mental Illness.” I am in my fourth or fifth year of writing that column.
Meanwhile, I was also writing fiction, some of which got into Illuminata, another e-zine. A lot of my fiction has also appeared in The Street Spirit. I believe that there is a future for me as a fiction author.
I have also been published in Ragged Edge Magazine, Citizen in America Magazine, Mindfulness Bell, Contra Costa Times, Beyond Chron, Magical Blend Online, and maybe a few others. Some of the publications I have written for no longer exist. And I also have a blog.
I have done some self-publishing of books, but this short-circuits having the benefit of an editor, and it doesn’t reach as many readers compared to conventional publishing.
I am now fifty, and I have gained a scrap of wisdom, social and otherwise. I live in Martinez, California with my wife, Joanna, and our dog, Sweetpea, and cat, Tigerlilly.
Copyright © 2012 by Jack Bragen