May, 2020

I’ve begun working on a story about a lowlife named Steve, who, on his last legs after having destroyed his life in the US with criminal activity and recklessness , illegally immigrates to Mexico…but in an upbeat twist, is befriended by a prominent local with a charitable streak.

This chap decides to help tackle the lowlife’s problems, and tries several things to turn his life around before finally settling on helping him develop an enterprise that winds up making the lowlife prosperous.

Of course, human nature being what it is, Steve slips into his old habits over time, and eventually squanders it all and destroys the business through negligence, laziness, and substance abuse. When confronted over this and the resultant imminent failure of the enterprise, rather than resuming a productive path, Steve elects to steal the business’ intellectual property, cutting his benefactor out. He rationalizes his theft and betrayal by demonizing the helpful chap, creating a convenient justification in his mind, because he’s a victim/hero in this false narrative (as he is in the narratives of his criminal misconduct as well, of course; virtually nothing he does is due to being a lowlife – it’s always external forces that conspired against him, thus anything can be justified).

But the theft scheme implodes, being as poorly conceived as his others, and the core character problems remain for Steve, so the outcome is easy to see – although he seems blind to all of this, which is part of how one remains a lowlife in spite of plentiful opportunities to avoid being one.

I’m trying to figure out a compelling ending. The predictable way to go is Steve winds up back on the street, with nothing to show for his experience – no greater wisdom, no prosperity, no relationship, no prospects, and having burned his bridges, no future other than misery – all of which he blames on others, of course. Or possibly in prison – recidivism is common in lowlifes. Depends on how much more illegality he engages in, and whether his past misdeeds catch up with him.

If I need to puff up page count I could probably delve into the psychology some, the character being a walking Venn diagram of borderline personality disorder, narcissism, and psychopathology, with self-destructiveness, promiscuity, dangerous behavior, drug abuse, lack of impulse control, and emotional lability the classic characteristics of BPD, an exaggerated sense of false self to be defended at all costs and a superficial charm artifacts of the narcissism, and a disregard for the value of others except how they can be used (thus the criminality), from the psychopathology. But it might slow the pace and bore the reader, so perhaps leave it out. I can go either way on that.

No matter what I decide to include, though, it seems a depressing, if realistic, denouement is unavoidable.

I’ve tried to come up with a happier ending, but the lowlife has spent his entire life on the road to failure, and lacks the self-awareness to realize that road is one of his own creation – so for veracity’s sake, the outcome is foreordained.

Too melodramatic?

Anyhow, that’s the current project I’m storyboarding, titled The Lowlife Diaries, although God knows I have a lot of other things I could work on. Teen vampires in love. JET. A new Ramsey’s. Another DAN. My restaurant project. So what to devote my time to?

If anyone says another BLACK, I’ll scream…


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Many know that I made an investment in a company called Adwerks a while back.

In proof that no good deed goes unpunished, I’ve had to part ways with Michael Beverly, who was the public face, after it became obvious that the company’s performance was slipping, and more clients than not were leaving – it was losing 25% or more of its clients every month.

This is a shame, as the company was created in an act of friendship.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty of Michael’s shortcomings. Let’s just say he’s grappling with some existential problems, as well as some pending and past legal issues, and I decided to change my involvement with the company and pull my support.

For all Adwerks’ clients, who are justifiably confused by a communication from Michael advising them to pay some new PayPal account and that he’d “changed the name of the company”, please be advised that Adwerks doesn’t have a new name or a new paypal. Its attorneys have advised me not to say anything more at this time, so I can’t go further into it, except to say that I’ve washed my hands of Michael both professionally and personally. This is my public announcement he no longer has any relationship or connection to me, and thus any implicit endorsement is rescinded. Treat him exactly as you would an unknown.

As with all things, caveat emptor.

Anyhow, that’s this week’s drama. Never a dull moment. Sigh.


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