John Hedtke

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Gender MALE
Industry Publishing
Occupation Author/Consultant/Contract Writer
Location Eugene, Oregon, United States
Introduction I live in Eugene, OR, married, 5 stepchildren who I'm mighty fond of. I write books, magazine articles, white papers, documentation, online help... most anything, even buttons for a button company. This year, I expect to pass 8 million published words.

We have four cats: three meatloaves and an orange tabby with ADHD. You'll see lots of cat pix here.

The Babe and I do lots of singing: Renaissance music, barbershop, and other things. So it wasn't just her good looks that attracted me; she's gotta great set o' pipes, too! (MP3s of some of our concerts appear here sporadically, so you can hear for yourself.) We play a lot of gin rummy together at restaurants and we bowl. All this may sound disgustingly humdrum, but I'm just giving you the few points of contact with a consensual normalcy amidst a backdrop of periodic chaos and excitement with travel, conferences, and cruises to exotic foreign shores.

For add’l personal info, look at the Personal section of my web site. This is summary info up to 2002, but it'll give you context if you're getting to know me or are catching up with me from decades past.
Interests writing, publishing, speaking, training, author, STC, Eugene, banjo, writer, barbershop, SPEBSQSA, technical writer, non-fiction, books, computer books, cats, singing, folk music, Sahuaro High School, Tucson, Seattle, ham radio, blog, blogging, Coney Island Washboard
Favorite Movies (in no particular order) "All of Me" "Dr. Strangelove" "Victor/Victoria" "Barbarians at the Gate" "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T"
Favorite Music All sorts of stuff but it's only a rare bit of rap that I like. It's about anger and frustration--just like a lot of classic rock-and-roll was--but rap is not about an anger I feel connected to.
Favorite Books Anything by Terry Pratchett. Just recently introduced to Lawrence Block's mysteries--going to read more of those. Carl Hiassen, who's as crazy as his work buddie, Dave Barry. The Uncle John's Bathroom Readers from the Bathroom Research Institute. I'm also pleased with many of my books (but I wouldn't ever call them a "cracking good late-night read").

You moved the pot before the coffee stopped brewing. Do you smell the mountains or the burro?

I always move the pot before the coffee stops brewing. It's called "getting the first cup." It smells like the mountains and DAYUMN it makes the day better!