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 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.

Jason Cushman

-Opinionated Man

aopinionatedman@gmail.com

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916 thoughts on “Author Bio

  1. I fail to understand how you can deny being a writer; writers write—compulsively. If you can’t keep your sore and swollen fingers off the keyboard, you’re a writer. Authors, on the other hand, are simply published writers, often with huge egos because they are numbered among the few drops of cream that has floated to the milk jug’s surface. At times I think they are the scum that floats on a pond’s surface, but they are just the ones who don’t appreciate my contributions to the literary cosmos. See what I mean? I’m a writer because I can continue ad nauseam.

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    • I suppose I have just never considered myself one. I am starting to though as I have been at this for almost 18 months… not long by most standards, but long for me. I appreciate the encouragement. :)

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  2. Hi Jason, thank you for following me, I really appreciate it (I am a loyal reader of your blog), yet who can blame it: you write amazing. And I am sure that even you (not just your followers) will be able to call yourself a writer soon (because you definitely are already!) :) Hope you have great day, -Joy

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  3. Hello, Many thanks for following my blog and liking to read my stuff in Africa, Kenya – Nandi Hills town. Having such fans (me included) means you’re already a good writer and not an amateur. You’ve inspired me to raise my game to your blogging level and that’s why I followed you instantly.

    I hope my writing would get as “tall” as I am ;-)

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