Author Bio


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I was born in Pusan, South Korea (Busan if you are Korean) and was left on a street when I was 3 years old. I was adopted and lived my early childhood in Jackson, Mississippi which was… interesting. I moved to Memphis, TN around the first grade I believe and although similar in some ways, Memphis was very different in others. My adopted parents are white, my mom is a writer and my father is a doctor, and I have an adopted sister (SK as well) and a white adopted brother. I am the middle child.

I grew up playing competitive soccer, golf, and gymnastics. I hate baseball, so I guess I will never be “American.” Something about small hard objects being thrown at my face does not appeal to me. I was never tall enough, when I was young, and did not get picked often to play basketball. They would say “we will takkkkkkeeee… Cindy!” “DAMMIT!” Growing up with all white friends and black school mates was a bummer because I was generally in the lower 25% in height and weight. A fact that was readily apparent in physical altercations, but I will say that I gave as good as I got. I grew up white, which really just is the simple truth. I didn’t even eat Asian food, and yes I say Asian here because I wasn’t Korean at the time.

I attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and quickly went from a good student to a below average student. Mainly because for some reason to do well in school you have to attend class, a concept that passed me by. I did not do well in college mostly because of anger at my birth mom, which I discovered in 2000. I still have not met her or talked to her and she has kept me from ever meeting my older sister, whom I didn’t know existed till 2000 as well. It took me 12 years to move past that. I still like soju though… so at least I have a comforting companion.

I enjoy writing, poetry, history, animal shows, ESPN, a few regular shows, and I also LOVE Anthony Bourdain. If I could meet him I would, he has inspired me in many ways. I would also love to meet Robert Jordan, W.E.B. Griffin, and Raymond E. Feist, my three favorite authors. Unfortunately I will have to wait a bit to meet Jordan, RIP we will always miss you Robert. Your light still shines.

Currently I work in information technology under the yoke of Corporate Rule… but maybe one day I will be able to be a real writer. Right now I do not consider myself a writer at all, in fact I would say I am an amateur pretending to be a writer. I will accept the title of blogger though, that I suppose I have earned. I enjoy scotch, 12 years or even older if I can afford it. Famous Grouse is my favorite brand because it is cheap, but if I could drink Macallen every day I would. Unfortunately my Crohn’s keeps me from drinking too much of that, probably a good thing.

What else, this is beginning to sound pretty frivolous, I like debate and I admire conviction and passion in anyone. I dislike people that throw facts around without basis, or that try to validate themselves by throwing up hypotheticals, that to me is the most annoying thing ever. I guess I am more human than I thought.

I currently live in Colorado with my wife and two daughters. It snows here. I hate snow. Anyways, that is pretty much me.

This blog was created January 3rd, 2013.

Jason Cushman

-Opinionated Man

aopinionatedman@gmail.com

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  2. LoL OpinionatedMan, I must have annoyed you many times because when I write a good debate post I love throwing in the hypotheticals and arguing on both sides. Conversely I always enjoy your comments. I also feel you are very generous offering other authors a space to advertise their novels. Well done, Idk if you are too American to “do” karma but you created yourself some brilliant ones there.

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  5. Hey Jason! I’m sharing the love forward from Jeanine Lebsack (Jsak1’s Blog) – I know I’m but one of a kazillion people who have visited your blog, but I gotta say I love your About page… tangential, chatty, touching and funny. Sounds like the perfect combination for a follow! :-) It is lovely to meet you out here in Blogland – Mother Hen

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  6. I enjoy your blog and wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. There is no obligation on your part, but I would be happy if you accept it. Here is the link to my post with rules of this award: http://bit.ly/Zol9ar. Thanks for your inspiration and for having a “lovely” blog.

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  7. Hi, what it wrong with frivolous? Frivolous is good! Life is too short to take seriously love your bio and I reckon you are already a writer. I was a corporate lawyer for years least ways that was my fancy dress costume inside there was always a writer – just took a few years before the costume got too suffocating and I discarded it in favour of writing full time. Feels great and thanks for following my blog which is me developing my craft. Power to the Pen!

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    • Frivolous is only bad if it is a waste of time. To a Korean, that is a sin. ;) I appreciate the visit. I actually wanted to be a lawyer, but it just didn’t seem a safe gamble by the time I was “serious” about school. Oh well, other dreams right? ;)

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      • Like i said before in another blog iam not kind. I just saying the truth. And yes reality is harsh but thats life, with ups and downs and i hate snow me to.

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    • I can really appreciate your story. We have an adopted daughter from Bangalore, India. She became a part of our life when she was seven. Watching her grow up was a real learning experience for us. A few years ago she went to India for a month with friends and they visited Bangalore. She didn’t want to look for her mother or brother (who is the same age as our bio son). I grieved that choice a little, but it was hers to make. She’s married now with three beautiful boys. I think your voice needs to be heard. So keep pushing to get lots of words out!

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  8. I love this! I was surprised to see something happened where I was no longer following your blog, which by the way is one of my favorites. Sadly you’re not the first person I experienced this with. I had to go and re-follow another one of my favorite blogs. Anyways….so glad I visited your blog today otherwise I would have never known I wasn’t following you anymore. Love your bio. I enjoy seeing you from time to time on my blog as well. I don’t visit as much as I’d like to because of health reasons but I will try and do better in the future. Keep doing what you do. Glad to be back in your opinionated world. Take care!

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  9. Hey Opinionated Man! I am enjoying a little browse around your site as I like your writing and your ‘tude’ makes me chuckle! Except for when your opinion makes me bristle :) I am a depressed woman btw but I promise I’ll never write to you again ;), I agree we shouldn’t congregate…Thanks for amusing me this evening with your opinionated spillages, you have yourself a regular reader (and I do read as opposed to having a ‘like button’ spree)…Luv Dawny :)

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  10. Hi! :D Thank you for following my blog! I’m still new to this world of blogging and still learning. I like the way you told a little of your life story here in About page. It’s honest and it makes me smile for some reason :) Again, thank you and good luck!

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  11. A wonderful introduction. You had quite a start in life. However you seemed to have made it to adulthood well enough so apparently someone did something right. If you were loved and cared for with that love then you have much to be thankful for. I think you are a wonderful writer. Take it from me, growing up in any family is not easy unless of course you are an only child. Imagine growing up in a family of six children with poor parents and winding up as a middle child. Then add being raised in New York to the package. Love your sense of humor and your little one’s are beautiful. Great blog!!!

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  15. Great Bio and adorable daughters! I know what you mean about not calling yourself a “writer.” I have run a couple marathons and several half marathons and I still hesitate to call myself a “runner”…….probably because I’m fairly slow.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – I look forward to following yours. I already can already tell I’m going to enjoy it – I love your writing style:)

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  16. Love your blog and bio …superb..Thanks for stopping by at codingarsenal.
    Man you write a lot :D ..Now i am pumped up too :) How do you manage it with work load and writing stuff .

    Regards

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  17. Thanks for stopping by SwanneReflections and following me. This is my newest blog. You might enjoy SwanneSong: Views From the Edge, my ‘soap box’ blog. I also write about my travels at The Traveling Alchemist, since 2008.

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  18. Fabulous bio! I’m sorry you have Crohn’s and that you live in CO & don’t like snow, but am impressed with how well you’re doing despite a significant challenge (the former.) However, from your bio you are no stranger to adapting to challenges, which I deeply admire. Thank you for following my blog.

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  19. nice intro :) nice to have met you. I have colitis, but I’m Muslim so I don’t drink. still, I have to watch my greasy food intakes which make it difficult because I can’t cook and have to run on fast food. plus I’m of indian descent so that doesn’t make it any easier. theres LOTS of oil in their food. thanks for the follow. I’m starting a writer group which you may like to be a part of, if not, check out my writing site: http://marimimiwriting.wordpress.com/. have you thought of self publishing with lulu or have a copy of the writer’s market?

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