WELCOME

Salmon in the Seine book launch in Ballard at the Pono Ranch.

Welcome, I’m a Cascadia-based freelance writer and sometimes mariner. The digital pages herein provide pertinent background about me, the go-to repository for my published work, and contact information.

My debut book, Salmon in the Seine: Alaskan Memories of Life, Death, and Everything In-Between, published via Milspeak Books is now available wherever books are sold. The memoir is about my time as a commercial fishing/wandering high school graduate in 2008 Alaska.

From Salmon in the Seine Prologue: Memory has formed into perspective since that summer of 2008. The way I see it, we live and die like the fish we slaughter, born of salt and blood and sperm and egg; a seething profane ooze of seawater and cum and rot and outer space and somehow, life. When the time comes, we journey from our home stream into the awe and horror of the sea, and the survivors in turn offer salt and blood and sperm and egg when given the chance. Despite our best efforts, the great net entraps us somewhere along the way and ultimately kills us. Cross the River Styx. Walk with Jesus in the light of our Lord. Drink mead with the warriors of Valhalla. Decompose into soil. I don’t care what story you choose, the great net takes us there, guided by fate or chance—again, differing explanations for the same result—and we, half-swimming and half-pushed, find ourselves in the company of friends, lovers, and enemies charging forward to create life and die. 

What drives the great net? asked the first philosopher on the African savanna, undoubtedly with different words and analogy as he or she looked to the stars and a goat’s throat was slit for sacrifice. But I am telling a fisherman’s story, so this is how I will interpret the world. Man is fish. Fish is man. The great net has us in its silent webbing, which is not so much an insightful epiphany as my limited view of the truth. We know heaven like salmon know the crooning apes who kill them for profit. For all I know, God is a fisherman with bills to pay.”