Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Good to meet you, Fiona.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

I use several names and logos.  All of them “legal” and most are recognized officially.  For instance, my snail mail-person delivers mail to me addressed to De McClung, D. L. McClung, D. L. De McClung, Dar Maklon, Dar’el eM-Me,

De el Demonne le Degage la Pasionne [Literally, but not true French: De The Passionate Free Spirit.] Call them pen-names if you like.  People mostly just call me “De”.  One “e”.  Pronounced like the letter, “D”.  I have fun with my name[s].  It’s an Artistic thing.  Most people don’t know that a person can call himself, or herself, anything he or she wants.  And it’s all very legal, unless one is attempting to commit fraud or avoid criminal prosecution by using a name that is not their “real” name or associated with them lawfully.  All of my nom de plums are lawful and directly linked to me.  No deception involved.  I gladly and proudly answer to them all.  Contrary to common belief, the government has no involvement in changing or using a name that is not shown on an official birth certificate.  In other words, one does not need to go to court to use or adopt another moniker.  People do, but it is not required by law.  I try to avoid involving the State in my personal life as much as possible.  This includes any “business” I may be involved in.  The State doesn’t need to know about or be involved with everything!

As for my “age”, I have been 35 for 35 years.  Do the math.  LOL  This is my way of denying that I am getting old —er.  It only works on paper.

Fiona: Where are you from?

At the moment I am “from” everyplace but Deldeli Los Festus on Teverbaugh, near Worthington WV, America, Planet Earth. Wherever I go, there I am. [Happy face here]  I suppose you want to know where I was born and where I grew up.  I was born in Fairmont, WV.  I grew up in and around Fairmont until I was about ten years old.  My family moved a good deal during that time.  We lived in 8 different houses.  I suspect there was a reason, but I don’t know what that reason was even to this day.  After that my parents and my younger brother, Bob, and I lived in Mansfield, Ohio before moving to Elkins, WV when I was about 13.  I caught infectious hepatitis while we lived there.  I had to give up my newspaper route because of that.  It was a pretty lousy summer that year!  I spent most of it in my room, curtains drawn, being yellow!  We moved back to Fairmont at the end of that summer.  A different house, a different school, and a whole different set of circumstances.  I was a teenager.  Reading books was already an obsession.  And… then there were girls.  Another obsession.  I’ll spare you the details.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

I am pretty much self-educated and self-taught in everything I do.  Of course, I had help learning stuff.  Just living life and paying attention is very helpful in learning knowledge and learning how to do things.  I am big on learning, not so big on being taught.  I “learned” how to paint, draw, make things, build stuff, and write poetry, fiction, and express myself, my thoughts, by reading, observing, and DOing.  I discovered if I could “see” it or imagine it I could do it or write about it.

*I wanted to say, I’ve started several auto-biographies but never finished any of them.  I still have them on file.  I think right now there are about six of them.  Perhaps I will finish one sometime, if time allows.  I’ve always considered my life, as a whole, to be interesting, but when I try to write about it it seems rather bland and uneventful.  I have written some auto-biographical fiction though, and plan to.  When you turn life into fiction it gets more interesting.  More opportunities to embellish.  With a little imagination even my humble life can be…interesting and amusing.  I think so anyway.  I’m satisfied to let the readers decide.  As I will mention later on, I have found out that there is a way to present my writings to the public now, unlike when I was a teenager writing poems for girls that would never have a clue that I was trying to get their attention, and affections.

*I should explain something here.  I think your [Fiona’s] project is about authors, maybe novelists, but I’m more than just an author/writer.  I’m not bragging here.  I do other things besides write. If I was bragging I’d say I was “great” at all the different creative things I do.  I’m realistic.  Except when I’m being surrealistic. [Dali is a favorite of myne.]  I don’t think I’m qualified to say if I’m great, excuse me, if my “work” is great or not.  That would be up to others to decide.  I do have the confidence to do what I do.  I do believe in myself and my work.  I believe it has potential, and I enjoy working.

So, what I’m saying is I am an Artist [I like to capitalize the “A” to distinguish it from arts-n-crafts, you know, hobby stuff] I don’t really separate writing from the visual arts.  To me they go hand in hand.  I see writing as verbal depictions.  Painting a vision with words.  This holds for fiction as well as non-fiction.  It’s just the way I look at it.

I assume that being a visual Artist as well as being a writer still fits in the paradigm of your project, Fiona.  I don’t think it would be completely honest if I didn’t mention the visual art aspects of my life.  Lately though I have been more involved in writing.  I have several writing projects in progress.  I multitask.  I spread myself out over several projects, spending time with each one as I get the inspiration and as the creative energies direct me at any given time.  I’ve always done it that way.  It seems to work for me.  Some projects just need to gel for a while.  At any rate things do get done, eventually.  I call it the “casual” approach to creativity.  No pressure, no stress.  After all, I gotta look out for my health.  Blood pressure and all.  You know what I mean.  With all the different projects in all the different areas of creativity that I engage in it seems like the best way to do it.  I realize that I can’t do everything, though I want to, and that I will not finish, or even get to, all of the projects that come to mind.  I’ve learned not to fight new ideas, not to resist what the imagination gives to me to work with.  I just make a note or write up a little piece so I’ll remember the plot or concept.  I promise myself I’ll get back to it and continue the project and finish it.  After all it’s a great idea!  I thought it, didn’t I?  How could it not be a great idea?  Sometimes I ask myself, if it was such a fantastic idea why haven’t I finished it?  Whatever!

I went to college for a while.  The first day was pretty kool.  Practically every female student was wearing white jeans. Wow! I’m going to like this place!  It went down hill from there.  Don’t get me wrong.  I learned some stuff.  For example, I learned that college was pretty much like high school except you could smoke in class and bring a drink [of whatever] as long as it was in an unmarked container.  I guess they don’t let students do that anymore.  Bummer!

Oh! I forgot to tell about my high school experience.  Well, actually I didn’t forget.  I once started writing an autobiographical piece about my elementary and high school days but fell asleep after the second page out of boredom.  I wouldn’t want to do that to you all.  It wouldn’t be right.

Alright, two things.  Try not to snore.  I started writing poetry in high school because I thought, in my stupid brain, that girls would read it and fall in love with me.  And, of course, you know what that would lead to, right?  Sex.  Or as I called it then, make love.  One flaw in that thinking.  How were they supposed to get the poems in order to read the wonderful poetry I wrote?  I suppose I thought they would just know that I was brilliant and worthy of being loved…and made love to.  Osmosis?  Thing is I was shy.  I never talked to girls.  Today you can just post your poems on Facebook or some social media site, er sompin.  Didn’t have that back then, in the Dark Ages!  No cellphones either.  You had to actually talk to them in person, face to face, or call them on the landline.  I called a girl I was attracted to once.  Turned out she wasn’t the lonely sad unloved damsel I thought she was.  She was dating a college football player.  That put an end to my calling girls on the phone phase.  I kept writing the poems though.  I eventually got to publish those.  Amazon.  Self publishing is awesome.  Fifty five years too late.  Oh well.

The other thing, are you still awake?  Alright, there isn’t any other thing.  Nothing I want to bore you with.  Just imagine being a teenage boy, a shy poet, invisible… I can’t go on.  Bad memories there! I suppose it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it.  I’d jump at the chance to go back and do it again.  Be a teenager again.  I’d do things differently.  I wouldn’t be shy, or as shy, as I was.  If I had known then what I know now I would have had more fun.  And more girlfriends.  And wrote more.  Lots more!

Later, in college, I realized that being shy wasn’t going to cut it. I’m not going to go into all that.  I will tell about one of my college teachers.  I took a creative writing class.  I got good grades in that class.  I actually attended every class session.  The teacher was…a Playboy Bunny during the summer months.  What can I say?  Hot!  Like I said, made good grades in that class.  Use your imagination.  I did.

I learned a lot during my college years.  Years?  I attended college for a couple years.  Only two semesters as a registered student.  I’ll be blunt.  Apparently I majored in flunking and passed.  My education came mostly from life outside the classroom.  I’m not going to reveal the details here.  I might want to run for public office one day.  Not going to make it easy for the character assassins and muckrakers.  I did manage to refuse to be drafted, well, inducted.  I was drafted, several times.  That Viet Nam thing was ugly!  I wanted no part in it.  Besides, involuntary servitude is against the law!  Moving on…

Family life?  Well, I’ve been *married like 9 times.  Or maybe it was only three or four times.  Depends on how you define “marriage”.  I understand “marriage” a lot better now, now that I’ve done the research and experienced living.  Let me just say this.  State marriage isn’t marriage.  It’s a fraudulent government “program”.  I talk about this subject in my book, MONOLOGS, due out later this year [2018].  Too much information?  Whatever!

Currently I live, and work, in North Central West Virginia with my “wife” and two cats.  Lilo is the person, the cats names are Coby and Gizmo.  I call them Bubba and Little Bubba.  Just the cats, not the woman.  I call her “Woo-man”.  We had a third cat, but she passed away not long ago.  Queenie was quite old.  14 years at least.  We still miss her.  She was a good cat.  Very friendly.

I am somewhat of a recluse.  Not quite a hermit.  Let’s just say I don’t get out much.  No reason really.  Everything I want to do is pretty much at hand, here at the humble abode in the clearing on the banks of Teverbaugh Creek.  D’eldeli.  Besides, people can order just about anything online now days.  Why drive to the store when you can let them just send whatever you want right to your door? I enjoy getting packages in the mail or via FEDEX or UPS.  Going out is such a bother.  I was a general contractor for 40 years.  Had to go out and about to do my job.  Now I can stay home and work.  Much better!  My contracting job took up a lot of my creative time.  I did manage to write and paint though.  I wouldn’t have been happy if I couldn’t.

My companion is semi-retired now and works from home a few hours a day.  I think she’s enjoying staying at home after driving long distance to work five days a week for many years.  Except for excursions to town for shopping and other necessary trips, an occasional evening out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants we busy ourselves with our work, me with my writing, and other creative things [painting, drawing, digital photo-art, etc] and she doing whatever she likes, including the few hours a day occupied with her work.  She had a long career in research compliance at the local university.  They will miss her when she goes into full retirement.  No doubt about that!  Meanwhile, she’s home ALL the time now!  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s not a bad thing, but still!

I have three sons.  They are grown men now.  46, 36, 30 years old.  Sad story.  The two younger ones haven’t spoken to me or tried to contact me in many years.  I’ve tried to contact them, and I send them my books as they are published.  Suffice it to say, their mother hates me and, well, you can figure out the rest.  I think that when two people get divorced one parent should not be allowed to torture the other one by turning the kids against the other parent.  It is unbelievably cruel and vindictive, and uncalled for at any rate.  And it is wrong to do the kids that way.  Enough on that.  Bitter?  Very!  That bitterness might show in my writings.  Writing is good therapy.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Well, currently I am working on several fiction projects, and a few non-fiction writings.  I just finished an epic poem.  About 92 pages.  Fiction.  After editing and proof-reading it should be released later this year.  SHE WAS THERE MEAT.  It’s not a romantic comedy!  A novel, titled: TESTIMONY, will be ready to publish in the fall of this year.  That’s the plan anyway.  A second volume of my poetry is coming along and hopefully should be published this summer.  It will include another epic poem: ODE TO THE CURRENT AND COMING NIGHTMARE IN AMERICA [working title]. Other works in progress are: MONOLOGS [non-fiction], THE NOVICE, THE MINDS OF OLD MEN, LITTLE ORPHAN ANNETTE, as well as various Art books, including a catalog of my Visual Art [1960 – the present].  There are many other projects, writings and Visual Art, too numerous to mention.  With any luck I will complete most of them before my time expires.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in my early teens.  My fascination with books written by others inspired me to try my hand at it.  In some cases I felt that I could do a better job of it than those that enjoy a measure of success in the field.  I know, rather arrogant of me, but you did ask.  Later on I read books that were written in a style that appealed to me.  Current examples would be, Ken Bruen, Burke, MacDonald.  It’s getting harder and harder to find decently written fiction.  What passes for good literature today is sadly inadequate, by my standards at any rate.  I write as I would like to read.  That might be the best answer to the question of why?

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

As a teenager.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first published book was a volume of my early poems, written mostly when I was a teenager and young adult.  My first fiction writings were inspired by the desire to express my imaginings [I apparently have a fertile imagination] and the desire to make a statement about my observations of the Human Condition.  My “first” book of fiction, not yet published, deals with the Human Conditions of today’s world.  The dark side perhaps.  A fictionalized account of what most surely happened to some people somewhere at some time.  The news headlines offer many plots for fiction.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I have a knack for coming up with titles.  Sometimes there is no story or plot to go with it, at least not initially.  The title does seem to inspire the tale most often.  As an example of my prolific capacity for writing titles, I have come up with hundreds of titles for songs, and dozens of viable titles for fiction as well as non-fiction writings.  One of my favorites is THE LITTLE BOOK OF STUPID SHiT.  Another is THE MINDS OF OLD MEN. Both of which are in some stage of development.  As for titles for poetry books there is WORDS IN A ROW: BOOK ONE and WORDS IN A ROW: BOOK 2.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I believe I do, but I am at a loss for words to describe it.  Not good for a word man.   I am keen on the style of Ken Bruen and have seriously considered adopting it, with some variation for originality, of course.  ;o)  Writing anything of good quality is challenging.  Apparently anyone can, or thinks they can, write fiction these days.  Good or exceptional fiction seems to elude many of today’s writers.  To be blunt, most of it is crap!  And there’s too much of it.  It offends me that writers like Ken Bruen often are forced to share the shelves of libraries and book stores with the likes of titles like 50 Shades of Grey.  And to think that such drivel is made into a movie, making loads of money for the author burns my ass!

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I think I answered this question, at least partly.  When I’m writing fiction I know that it’s fiction.  The “nature” of some of my fiction writings being what it is, I want the reader to know for a fact, and without any doubt, that what they are reading is not real, never happened [as I tell it] and is a fabrication based entirely upon my imagination.  I attach a disclaimer to that effect when I believe it’s necessary.

Having said that, there is this.  I write about the human condition.  Both in my fiction and non-fiction.  I have no doubt that what I write about in my fiction has happened to someone, somewhere, at some time, to some degree or another.  Be it good or bad, right or wrong, beautiful and romantic or dark and nasty.  The history of humanity right up to the present day, and no doubt into the future, will include events and circumstances that cover the gambit of human behavior, and misbehavior, from every perspective and consequence.  My stories reflect that history, albeit embellished and somewhat fantasized.

I will say this.  Some times I write auto-biographical fiction, or include some element of my life experiences in the story.  That doesn’t mean that I actually did the things I write about.  This is important to make clear and be clearly understood by the reader, especially when it comes to writing erotica.  Think de Sade here.

I think de Sade got a bum rap back in his day, and still does in some circles today.  My observations tell me that today’s erotica, or porn if you prefer, is way beyond anything that de Sade ever imagined or engaged in.  His mother-in-law was definitely a wicked woman.  The “B” word comes to mind!  Poor de Sade!

Don’t get me wrong.  I write on a variety of subjects and employ various genre. And, I certainly have used real people that I know, or know of, as models for characters.  Especially women.  Not that I understand women, but that doesn’t always matter.  Writing can be very enlightening as well as comforting.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Writing generally, no. I can do what I do almost anywhere, provided it’s not too cold.  The picture books do require a bit of travel sometimes.  Can’t get those pictures of people and places out there in the world if one doesn’t go to them.  Those scenes and buildings won’t come to me.  i.e., My forthcoming picture book of area churches will require me travel to… actual church buildings.  The beauty of the internet [Skype for example] is that I can conduct interviews, do photo-shoots, and even do distant research right from the comfort of my studio.  Then too writing fiction allows for the imagination to make up complete towns, countries, and worlds.  “In a galaxy far far away…” begins one movie script we are all familiar with.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Most certainly!  The message in my non-fiction is obvious, even though many people have difficulty understanding it.  I believe this is due to the mind-benders and word-twisters turning English into babble.  Contrary to common [miss-]thinking, words mean what they mean.  There is a deliberate agenda at work, especially in America, to create and spread hysteria, to turn people against people, turn the young against the older generations, and even to cause violence within the population.  Words like “child”, equal, assault, “sex”, marriage, have been assigned meanings [by these evil mind-benders] that are sometimes the exact opposite of the real meaning.  Take the word “child”.  A child is a prepubescent and not an adolescent.  The government has codified the “new” [and fake] meaning of the word child to mean a “minor”.  Everyone under the fabricated and arbitrary age of 18.  Of course, practically everyone has been indoctrinated, manipulated, conditioned, and duped to accept the new fake definition.  Thus, causing a great deal of chaos, hysteria, and insane consequences.

Therefore, it becomes almost imperative that I include the message within my fiction writings that I will defy the Orwellians and their criminally insane agenda.  Since they have made it a felony [in their fake laws sort of way!] to WRITE WORDS, I kid you not!, I feel compelled to challenge them, defy them, as a form of self-defense and in defense of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression.  That message should be loud and clear, not only to my readers but to those who would oppress and terrorize The People and their Natural Unalienable Human Rights.

Another important “message” that I would want my readers to take away from my writings, fiction or non-fiction, is the realization that things don’t have to be the way they are, that we can change the human condition for the better.  Start with that one person.  Yourself.  Put all that bullshit that you have allowed to get in your head in a dark corner and cover it up with smart stuff.  Seriously.  Just put it aside and pretend that it’s not in your mind.  At least for a little while.  Let’s say for as long as you’re listening to me or reading my stuff.  After all, when you’re reading a book or listening to a [my] podcast you are the audience, I am the monologist. It’s not a conversation, discussion, or debate.  And certainly not an argument.  That’s what a monologue is.  One person talks, and every one else does not talk.  That’s the way it works.  So, don’t be thinking about what you are going to say.  Leave that till I’m done saying what I have to say.  Not in the middle of my talk.  At the end when it’s Q and A time.  You being the person with the “Q”, and me being the one with the “A”.  You can, of course, make notes so that you can formulate a decent question when its your turn to talk.  It’s important not to interrupt the talker, oral or written, while he is giving his talk.  It’s rude, and it serves no productive purpose.

The reason I’m saying this is because a person will not learn much if he keeps  interrupting and trying to interject their own “opinions” [usually in the form of an argumentative statement] into the monologist’s talk/monograph.  One more thing.

The reason I’m saying that a person should put all those ideas and thoughts already in their head to the side and, as much as it is possible put them out of their mind is because those thoughts, personal opinions, and “beliefs” may very well be wrong.  People, Americans for sure, have been indoctrinated, manipulated, conditioned, and duped into believing all sorts of nonsense.  These nonsensical notions are usually accepted as true or believed to be true, and people use those beliefs to form opinions and make personal choices… and make judgments about other people and their views.  This is not only wrong, it is reckless and irresponsible.  And can cause people to make bad decisions and harmful behavioral choices in life.  For example, believing that the word “child” means anyone under 18 can lead people to also believe that those human beings under 18 can be deprived of their Natural Unalienable human rights simply because they are under the fabricated age of 18.  That they are incapable of thinking for themselves and making decisions about their own lives.  This is crazy thinking!  Innocent people have been put in prison because of this kind of insane thinking.

Another kind of wrong thinking that has been indoctrinated into people’s heads is the notion that State Marriage is real marriage and the government “program” erroneously and fraudulently called marriage is the only “legal” way to get and be married.  This is, naturally, wrong.  I talk about this in detail in my forth-coming book, MONOLOGS.

This is a rather long answer to the question, but I believe it is important to get the message across, and so, I have elaborated on it in somewhat of a lengthy manner.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I believe I have already answered this question above.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Honestly?  I can’t think of one single person.  I suppose an “entity” would be CreateSpace, a subsidiary of Amazon.  Otherwise it has been my own stubborn determination! And my present wife who has supported me and my efforts, in more ways than one, for the passed 14 years.  Thank you, Lilo, for believing in me.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing as an occupation, obsession, and a labor of love.  I have occupied myself writing since I was able to hold a pen or pencil. I have carried around my favorite writing instrument[s] and a clipboard since elementary school.  Of course, now I can use a computer to write down my thoughts, but I still have the clipboard close by.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No.  That’s not to say I won’t change something in the books that I’m working on now.  Once published, however, I think they are about as good as I can make them.  Printing issues aside.  Being a perfectionist can sometimes cause undesirable consequences.  It could lead to unending rewrites and inevitably lead to obsessive disorders.  Maybe.  Editing and proof-reading my work, as necessary as it is, is more like hard labor…wait… can be quite laborious and tedious.  Although I am fairly confident that what I have written here is adequate and accurate, even after I return it to you I will have a few doubts, but I’m not going to obsess over it.  It is what it is.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I’m always learning something.  Isn’t that the idea?  Learn by doing, Do by learning.  During the writing of one recent epic poem I did learn that it was a felony to “write” that poem.  I finished writing it anyway.  It WILL be published!

I take ALL my freedoms [natural unalienable human rights] seriously and will never submit to censorship, tyrants and bullies, or the American Orwellian Police State!

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I seriously doubt that is going to happen, but if it should come to be, I imagine it would be somewhere in Europe where the Orwellian police state is not as insanely ingrained as in America.  On the other hand, if I were the producer, I would probably also be the director, in which case I would choose non-professional actors.  Since the [fictional] characters in my stories are mostly just regular people I think regular people would be best for the parts.  On the other hand, if options were possible, I would choose acting students of some merit.  [Actually, I am considering an indie film or two in the future.  It’s quite an undertaking thus would take a good deal of time and effort, not to mention money.  [I have been called a dreamer, though]  Fortunately, indie films can be produced on a shoe string budget, depending on the scope and nature of the desired “effects”.  It has been done with limited resources, so maybe.]  But just for fun let’s say, Iain Glen, Mickey Rourke, Jaimie Alexander, Hailee Steinfeld, Naomi Scott.  Ok, enough.  Wishful thinking won’t make it so!

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Yes.  Read! Read! Read! And, write write write!  This is good advice for new/young writers as well as older experienced writers.  I still read extensively on a variety of subjects.  Reading is a very good thing, even if you’re not an occupational writer.  An author I know [of] said, “I write from can’t see to can’t see.”  I don’t think it is necessary to write that much to be a good writer, but he seems to do pretty well with that process.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

No.  I’ve probably said quite enough already.  Oh!  Wait!  Read my books… er…buy a few.  Give them to your friends as gifts.  Donate copies to the public library.  That sort of thing.  I know, I know, shameless self promoter.  Whatever!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Just started a Ken Bruen novel.  Dispatching Baudelaire.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No, but one of the first was Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not A Christian. I believe I was about 9 or 10.  I find his “Reason” to be sound to this day.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Good comedians like Eddie Izzard, Jim Jefferies, Bill Hicks, Kathleen Madigan.  Sometimes I laugh till I cry.  Especially when I listen to Lewis Black.  Except with Lewis I sometimes cry without laughing.  Those damn movies my wife makes me watch make me cry!  Damn her!  LOL.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

That’s a tough one.  I have a list.  If you insist on only one, here:  de Sade.  Why?  Why not?

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Who has time for hobbies? LOL  I enjoy reading.  Is that a hobby?  When I get time and want to do something outside the routine I whittle and make music.  I have several guitars, a complete drum set, a keyboard, a couple of harmonicas, a set of tambourines, and a recording machine.  And editing apps on my computer.  I write songs and record them.  I do all the instrumental parts myself, and the editing, and burning them to CD/DVDs.  I now have the opportunity to have my CD/DVDs produced by Amazon.  I just send them the finished files and they do the rest.  Very kool!  I suppose you could call it a hobby.  I have a fine collection of hand-carved canes and walking sticks, back-scratchers, letter-openers, and odds and ends that I have made over the years.  Put those things in the hobby column, if you like.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I haven’t watched regular television for many years.  Where I live there is no cable, and no satellite service.  No cellphone service either.  So what little TV shows I do watch come via the internet, Netflix for example.  We have enjoyed a few British [UK], Australian, Canadian, and a few American TV shows.  Much of American TV is propaganda and subliminal conditioning.  For example, the new Hawaii 5-0 is about a group of special agents who not only operate as “special agents” they often use illegal tactics.  Their “interrogation” room is actually a dungeon where suspects are tied to a chair and brutalized, if not straight out tortured, coerced, intimidated, and deprived of their dignity and human rights.  The illegal tactic of “entrapment” [now called a “sting operation” which is the same thing by another name and equally illegal!] is used without the slightest hint of apology or legal shame!  Some people actually call this entertainment.  I call it criminal abuse of the viewing public, and outright propaganda to mind-f*ck the American people who are stupid enough to watch it.  A form of conditioning to get the American people used to such Gestapo practices.  The term “law enforcement” being a blatant use of a Nazi phrase!  It really is quite disgusting.  The dialog is laced with moralistic hogwash based on common misconceptions about human behavior and what constitutes actual valid legal concepts.  “Special Victims Unit” is particularly bad about including this sort of “conditioning” and “moral judgement” rendering in their dialog.  It may be a reflection of the common attitudes and ignorant thinking of many Americans, but it is most disturbing and certainly unethical, not to mention reinforcing those sick twisted attitudes and furthering the agenda of creating and spreading hysteria and paranoia in the viewing public.  To me it is criminal and ethically reprehensible!  However, I do manage to watch some shows that are, at least, tolerably acceptable in this regard.  Some of these being:  Midsommer Murders, Sherlock, Elementary, Pierot, Murder In Paradise, Murdock, nature, science and historical documentaries.  Movies, many many movies.  Lots!  All kinds, various genre.  Star Trek and the spin-offs were especially enjoyable.  Star Wars, not so much!  MSM news shows are unbearable!

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music?

I am fond of chocolate, a health food, you know, in all its forms.  Chocolate ice cream is a necessity.  Fillet Mignon, medium well, grilled.  Bacon.  Lately I have become addicted to Chocolate Truffles by Lindt, radishes, and a slice of raw sweet onion with that fillet mignon is a requirement.

Being an Artist requires me to love all colors.  My book, COLORS, has a collection of some of my Art utilizing colors.  However, secretly I favor black, white, reds, and flesh tones. I guess it’s not a secret now.  Oh, and grays.

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Die?  I am blessed with many talents and learned skills.  I suppose I would paint, sculpt, make music.  I could always dictate I suppose.  I can’t imagine not being able to create something.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

“I’m not here. They burned my ass”  Or:  “If you don’t hear from me in 3 days you can assume I’m dead and not coming back.”  Or this one: “He couldn’t imagine the world without him in it.  Guess that’s not a problem now.”

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

My official website is:  http://www.deldemcclung.com

My eStore page is here:  http://www.deldemcclung.com/products-page/

My podcast is here:  http://www.speaker.com/show/de-mcclungs-art-ra-monologs

My Amazon.com page is:  D. L. De McClung

My FineArtAmerica Page is:  www.de-mcclung.pixels.com




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