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I am currently rewriting, chapter by chapter, my memoir  I title, MISTIR.  It’s the story about how I smoked my way out of my church career-and nearly my marriage- did some soul searching, and decided to become a high school history teacher. I wrote the rough draft my first year of teaching. Now in my 6th year, I’m crafting it less as a ‘fun and insanity with weed’ and more into a solid introspection into my experience as a manic cleric serving two small churches and initiating a border ministry on the US/MX border. Once I have completed this rewrite (releasing it now a little at a time on my website helps focus me) I’ll collect what I have, engage a professional editor, and either through self-publishing or a bona fide publisher, make it available to a wider audience and see how it fares.

I have two self-published books available on Amazon. The Vicar’s Night Out  is my first published story. It’s a memoir about a night that changed my life irrevocably and put me on a crash course with myself and career as an Episcopal priest. The second book, The Vicar of Longborough: High Desert Landing,  also on Amazon, is fiction and tells the story, in episodes, of an Episcopal priest, Fr. Grant Stone, who lives much like I did during my brief, but life changing “escapades.” I had to get my act together to keep my marriage and sanity. Neither marriage nor sanity burdens Grant Stone. I love writing him. Both titles are classified as ‘short reads’ and can be read in one sitting.

I live in Bisbee, Arizona, a stone’s throw from the US/MX border, where I write a monthly column, ‘Just Sayin’  for the Bisbee Observer, a local weekly that comes out on Thursdays. My locale, my travel, my take on national issues and politics, and my work as a high-school history teacher, all inform my column.  The paper sells for a dollar and can be purchased at the Bisbee Safeway, in front of the Old Bisbee Post Office, and a few other locations with the newspaper machines. The weekly is also available online for $45 a year. Click here The Bisbee Observer to subscribe for the electronic edition. Folks love the weekly ‘Police Beat.’

I have several works-in-progress. I have a Cold War trilogy I title “The Sierra Trilogy”.  I have written about growing up in Las Vegas which I think will make interesting memoirs. I’ve been interested in writing a biography of my mother who has served as an Episcopal deacon and the chaplain of the Las Vegas jail for more than thirty years. I struggle with demands teaching places on my time that doesn’t leave as much room as I would like for writing. At the same time, I recognize that becoming a teacher has helped me become a writer.

I write a blog when inspiration strikes me. Most of them are floating around here somewhere in this website. These days, a writer has to be pretty proficient at promoting his or her work and needs an internet platform to do so. I’d rather write than fool around with this damn platform.  Mark Twain, my literary hero, might agree.

Thanks for taking a look.

Seth Polley

October, 2019

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