About Me

My life bleeds from the pen in blood-red ink,
Staining paper with great swathes of sorrow and
Towering pillars of joy.
I live passionate in this life,
Laughing and crying,
Not knowing what lies ahead,
Remembering what lies past.
I capture emotions with the lens of my mind and
Send them pounding through my veins to
Plant themselves in my heart
Where they fill me and inform me and identify me.

When I take up pen and write, I liberate my
Emotions to take me, and shake me and drain me
‘Til all that’s left is a sentimental memory of
A time, a place, a love; a loss, a tear, a smile.

Joy is half of me, sorrow is half of me,
Continually emptied, continually refilled
From a ream of life lived well,
From an inkwell of life lived full.

My pen writes of you when I write of me.
Our stories are the same,
Our words the same,
Our ink the same.
When you read my words,
You read my life.
Cry with me,
Laugh with me,
As I do when I write of me,
As I do when I write of you.
When you read my words, you read your life.

I am half of you, you are half of me, we flow from the same inkwell.
Cry with me, laugh with me.

 
My Biography

The U.S. Navy was my life for twenty-seven years. Prior to joining the Navy, I traveled the world with my parents while dad served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1959, my mom smuggled me abroad from Homestead, Florida and gave birth to me in Ankara, Turkey.

My parents unwittingly nurtured my lifelong love affair with literature and writing; mom rose early on Sundays so she could beat me to the crossword puzzle; she occasionally let me win. Dad didn’t mind, as long as the rest of the newspaper remained unwrinkled. They both advised me to put my books away, turn off the flashlight, and go to sleep so I would grow up big and strong and become a famous writer. I’m still working on that last bit.

My writing has been published in Community Orange Magazine and The Sundial Review. A collection of my essays were published in the anthology Four Feet Down. I’m outlining my second novel, Dancing Among Orange Blossoms, while editing my first novel, A Wished-For Love.

Today, I write of my life as an Air Force brat and career Sailor, and of my observations of human nature throughout the world I have traveled from birth.

The world is my hometown, Tampa, Florida my home of record, and Saint Leonard, Maryland my current residence, where I reside with my wife of thirty years, Jayne Michiko Ono, and our two Great Dane/Labrador Retrievers, Yoshi and Yukio, and Sachiko, our Hound/Lab mix.

Writing isn’t an intellectual exercise, but an emotional release. I hope you will enjoy my writing. If it touches you, please let me know.
Thank you,
Will

35 thoughts on “About Me

  1. gpcox

    Thank you for agreeing with me on the WP News. It was something I felt needed to be said – they ignore the non-fiction blogs and should have owned up to that instead of insinuating that I was trying to get on Freshly Pressed – which I don’t usually like anyway!

    But you site looks great – and I’ll be back.

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    1. Will Pennington

      Well, I wasn’t surprised by the politically correct nature of their list. I will admit curiosity about whether I made the list. Not that my blog is anywhere near well-lnown enough. I’ll check out your site when I get back to my PC. Thank you for following me. I’m an aspiring writer and try to keep my site reflective of that.

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      1. gpcox

        Hope I didn’t offend you with my MBA remark, but those type stories just leave me flat. I enjoy reading words that are the writer’s voice, not what some professor says he should write. Take the Chicago Manual of Style and toss it out the window!

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    2. Will Pennington

      BTW, I enjoyed your post about the Bataan Death March. The book I’m writing, Honey Ko, takes place in the Philippines. One of my main characters comes from a village in Bataan, Lamao Limay. I open a chapter with some background about Bataan including the Death March. I traveled there when I was stationed in the Philippines and found it quite moving.
      My dad was a WWII Sailor in the Pacific. He was a Gunner’s Mate on an LST. I can relate to your stories. I write about Dad from time to time.
      Best wishes with your blog.
      Will

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  2. Scribbles

    I love your about section so much that I would like to read the first two paragraphs at my next poetry group meeting, if that would be okay?

    Thanks for liking my posts. I’m just a novice at this craic 😊

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  3. Jade M. Wong

    “My life bleeds from the pen in blood-red ink staining paper with great swathes of sorrow and towering pillars of joy.” -> Wow. I am in awe of the beauty of that sentence. That’s one way to start an About page.

    It is a pleasure to have stumbled on your blog from Nikki’s Posts of Note. I look forward to exploring it more!

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  4. Russel Ray Photos

    My dad was in the Air Force from 1950-1954. I was the first child post-Air Force. Interestingly I have always sited myself in military areas although I was never in the military myself. I was born at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University (although not in the Corps), and currently live in San Diego.

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  5. Mr. Mel

    About Me could be an ode to all that write, there is not a thought of me in writing. A writer is not one color but a part of the rainbow that surrounds them. This was a very beautiful poem.

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  6. Tessa Barrie

    Hi Will … thank you so much for taking time out to visit my small niche in the blogging hemisphere and for your follow.

    In the words of Alexandre Dumas … all for one, and one for all … which I now apply to our blogging fraternity … I shall look forward to reading your blogs in the future 🙂

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  7. Nasuko

    Great Thanks for finding me!
    Your wife and dog’s name are Japanese,Whenever I saw Japanese name, I feel a real affinity with it.
    I like Book Mountain,too.
    どうぞ宜しくお願いします:D

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