I've never met Brandon Vaughan, but I feel like I know him. I did an interview with him almost three years ago. Time flies! Read on for an entertaining look into one of the PacNorthwest's best writers! Also, there's important advice regarding stuff you should not do during your first year of sobriety, because Brandon has done all three. Learn from the man, kiddos. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- How's the sobriety? Still off booze and cigarettes? This week I’ll be forty-one months sober. To me, that simply means I’ve almost lasted three and a half years without touching a drop of alcohol. Which isn’t shit, frankly. If I allow it, my sobriety will evaporate. I can’t relax for a moment in recovery. Sobriety is a fucking full-time job. In order to remain sober, I constantly evaluate, process, observe, and remain self-aware. I stay vigilant. When something feels off, I run a system check using the H.A.L.T. method. Am I Hungry?Angry?…
I can't remember how I became Facebook friends with Brandon. Since we have at least one mutual friend, I think it was recommended that we become friends. Anyway, Brandon is a writer, and he always has interesting Facebook posts, so I checked out a couple of his short stories, and I was struck by his vivid descriptions. They can be both tender and brutal, but you always get a sense of "being there" when you read his stories. I asked him if he would like to be interviewed, and he said yes. The following is a transcript of that interview. Wait--can I call it a transcript if the questions and answers were emailed?
It says you've been a writer since
1976. You're 38, right? That means you were writing since you were a
baby! What the fuck, dude? All
writing comes from life experience. As soon as I could open my eyes,
I began recording and storing away sounds, colors, and flavors.
Writers tend to remember everything for later reference. Actually, no
one has ever called me …
So the weather has been beautiful here in Fort Wayne this summer. Funds are kind of lean though, and that's nerve-wracking, but I think I met someone the other day who is going to have a huge impact on my life.
Anyway, I'm an intern for The Borgen Project. I'm learning a little bit about search engine optimization and fundraising. I'm also creating content for the organization's blog and magazine.
I'm spreading the word about my fundraising, and since my friend Heidi has more success on my blog than I do, I asked to write a guest post for her blog, and she kindly posted it. You can read it here: