Who am I anyway?

I was born in Michigan, where I mostly lived until graduating high school and joining the U.S. Navy. The Navy sent me first to Concord, California, where I served on the U.S.S. Haleakala and embarked on my first WestPac (western Pacific) cruise, sealing my fate as an incurable wanderlust and unrepentant Asiaphile, the latter further cemented by the two years I lived in the Philippines. I was next stationed in Hawaii, where I remained when my I finally decided to leave the Navy to attend the University of Hawaii at Maona. At university, I earned both a B.A. (1990) and an M.A. (1997) in History. I now live in Tokyo with my wife and a Russian Blue named for Anais Nin.

I currently write mostly fiction, particularly genre fiction, and dabble in (mostly Brauniganesque) poetry, and now this blog. I also re-write translations, the most interesting of which was Yurai: The Origin of Tenshin Seikyo, which is memoir of the founder the Japanese religion Tenshin Seikyo. My publications to date are five articles in the Macmillian Encyclopedia of World Slavery, a few poems in Rain Bird, a literary and art journal published by Windward Community College in Hawaii, where he once taught history, and the flash fiction blog 52/250 Flash (http://52250flash.wordpress.com/).

Thanks to the advent of Kindle, I’ve decided to plunge into the world of self-publishing with my first book, All That Is: 81 Meditations Inspired by the Tao Te Ching, available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-That-Is-Meditations-ebook/dp/B0094A305E/.

My second book, A Halo for Red Betsy, which I co-wrote with my good friend Aki Liao, is also available on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Halo-Betsy-Frank-Keegan-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00IQ1QYM8/


6 thoughts on “Who am I anyway?

  1. Thom Hickey 8 August 2014 / 16:05

    Thanks. Pleased to have found your distinctive blog. I’ll be exploring more here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in and readynto play).

    • Al McDermid 8 August 2014 / 19:39

      Hello Thom,

      Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliment. Your blog is pretty distinctive in its own right (God, how I love Lauren Bacall, particularly in that film). If I encounter some interesting music, I’ll send you a note.

      PS I postings to the blog are rather erratic. Just thought I’d mention it.

  2. Vicki Ripley 11 September 2014 / 11:07

    I do pay attention sometimes…nice work, thank you for writing.

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