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.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Michael Calvillo Brings Me Joy

My friend Michael Louis Calvillo passed away today. I met him at the World Horror Convention in Toronto. He asked for my advice. I gave it to him and he used it. The next year he thanked me and we've been friends every since. I think about that time and am glad that I answered him when he asked me. My life would have been a lot less if I hadn't because knowing him made me a better person.

Every time I saw him or even think about Mike it's with an aura of happiness and I can't help but smile. I'm going to keep thinking of him that way. Here is Mike rapping from a book of his. Listen to him with me and we'll smile together.

(Video taken with my cell phone at Killercon in Vegas.)

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