ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Look Out World

Here they come.

Last night, I spent about two hours with about thirty aspiring young writers and their professors at Cochise College. This college is a traditional two year college with traditional tracks, as well as alternative tracks, such as degree tracks in Rodeo Clowning and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight Operator. How cool is that?

Professor Leslie Clark had invited me to speak to her creative writing class. That expanded to several classes, as the Horace Steel Room at the college library was soon filled. Although they seemed a little nervous, I was able to convince them that this published author wasn't going to consume them and that I am really as loving and fluffy as I appear to be

The energy and vibe was great. Everyone wanted to learn and to experience my writer's journey. It didn't hurt in my presentation that I was able to tell them that I sat in their seats ten years ago when I attended Cochise College once upon a time. They especially liked my anecdotes about my failure to understand antecedents, my desire to kill people I don't like in my fiction, and Harlan Ellison's comparison of my name to a nursing home where people go to die.

Lots of good questions. Lots of interchange and feedback. Makes me miss teaching, let me tell you.

Hope to do this again soon, so if there are any other colleges out there who want me to relate my writer's journey and talk about the cultural implications and coolness of zombies, just let me know. I'll do it in a heartbeat.

The complete set of photos can be found here.

Weston Ochse
Desert Grotto
Mexican Border

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