About the Author: Kent Wayne

Hello everybody, my name is Kent Wayne.  I’ve started getting requests for personal info so I thought I’d put up this author page.  I know it’s commonly practiced social media etiquette to post lots of pictures and stuff about personal life, but I tend to veer the other way—I like my privacy.  Sorry if that offends you; I’m not trying to be rude.

I spent ten years in the military.  I was never a sex-nuts strong, roided-out Bin-laden-wasting-stud, nor was I a fat, whiny, high-and-tight (it’s the stereotypical military haircut) wearing pencil-pusher that lived to yell at people about uniform and haircut regulations because he was bullied in high school and couldn’t get a date.  Within those two extremes, I fall somewhere in between.  I’m not going to specify what units or branches I was in.  That was a different person, and it doesn’t matter now—I’m out and done with that stuff.  While it definitely informs my writing, the chapter has closed on that part of my life.

I prefer not to be thanked for my service.  There’s plenty of great articles out there that can express why better than I ever could.

My view on the military, just to give you some insight on my perspective:  the military is a reflection of society.  Of humanity.  Within it, you can find behavior that is villainous, heroic, idiotic, and genius.  The full spectrum.  And just like life, one person can exhibit some of each.  Nobody is a badass 100% of the time.  Nobody is a piece of shit 100% of the time.  I find most portrayals of the military reductive in that it doesn’t recognize this basic fact:  the military is made up of humans, and they are subject to human nature.  When it becomes clear that “shitbags” can be amazing and “heroes” can be child molesters, then the folly of using a label to reduce somebody to hero, baby-killer, badass, or brainwashed is revealed to be shortsighted and childish.

This is everywhere, not just the military.  I’m resigned to the idea that humans love to reduce the complexity of life into an easy-to-get-riled about, simplistic viewpoint.  But I have seen it get better as I’ve gotten older, so I still have hope.  I think the internet—and the increased ease of sharing information—has a lot to do with that.

The great lesson I learned from the military:  Ideals are nice and soul-stirring, but people tend to get blinded by them.  It is the ability to perceive the minutely relevant changes from instance to instance, from circumstance to circumstance, that will carry you.  It is not comfortably reductive idealism, but all-inclusory awareness that will let you navigate not just life, but all of existence.

(Hops off the soapbox)  I know that’s a poor bio, but I hope that my obnoxiously grandiose statement reveals more about me than if I were to list a boring series of life events.  And I hope it wasn’t too pretentiously poetic.  As a character from one of my favorite authors says (about a bunch of mentally masturbatory goth vampire wannabes):  “Too much time on their hands.  Leads to poetry.”

(Just kidding.  I love poetry.  Some of it.  Maybe.)

Thanks for checking out my work!  To all you writers, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!

Kent Wayne

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1,161 thoughts on “About the Author: Kent Wayne

  1. Hello there. Thank you so much for taking a look at “Churchill” post. Sir Winston was a real character and one great ICON for the British people as well as the world. He was on center stage for most of his political life and contributed greatly to the “Crown” during the war years. Love you website. Great writing. Take care. Bob

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  2. Hi Kent
    I am a new blogger whose posts you have liked on beyondcbse.wordpress.com
    Extremely grateful for the thoughtful gesture. It’s hard to find kindness these days.and you have held my hand. I don’t read the kind of stuff you write but I will still try to develop a taste for it, understand it and ask you questions. When I am ready and a little more confident, I will share my feedback with you.

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  3. I’ve discovered you because you liked my most recent post on AnimalLoverBook.com where I talk a lot without revealing anything personal, and yet the who of me always leaks out.

    Funny thing about writers, and I’ve known many including myself: Writers can talk endlessly but rarely talk directly about themselves. However, what they do say reveals who they are far better than any self-involved blabbermouth. You’ve done some excellent revealing.

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  4. Thanks for reading my post, Kent. I feel I know some of your characteristics more by what you haven’t saId, rather than what you have…Self-effacing, and maybe slightly shy? Writers are a nosy breed, especially when it comes to other human beings, and I am no exception. Best wishes to you. Cheers.

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  5. Know how you feel…I am a strange mix between extrovert and introvert, Blushed rosy red as a child, and well into my thirties, especially if a young man spoke to me. Somehow or other was married at twenty!! Conversely, I am fascinated by what makes people tick and that fascination helped me overcome the worst of my problem. Even now I’m ancient, I still have doubts about by abilities as a writer, about ‘showing off’ etc., but, hey, this is what life is often all about. We take deep breaths and just get on with it! Life’s pretty special on this wonderful, tortured planet of ours, despite the sad efforts of some of its inhabitants…Good luck with your writing, KEEP WATCHING..Cheers. .

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    • Yep, absolutely! I’ve experienced most of what you’re talking about, and at a certain point, it’s exactly like you said–just get on with it and slowly realize none of it matters because it’s all going away, and to let yourself enjoy the inherent beauty of the moment. 🙂

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  6. “My view on the military, just to give you some insight on my perspective: the military is a reflection of society. Of humanity. Within it, you can find behavior that is villainous, heroic, idiotic, and genius.” … this just awed me, “.. the military is a reflection of society. Of humanity…” Same thing we can say of the political class, those in the medical field, academics/teaching profession, clergy etc? But, what of when we look up to those groups in awe for help, redemption, direction etc?

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    • To me, that’s the modern day definition of worshiping a false god. Subject matter experts should initially be given greater benefit of a doubt, but if they justify repetitive failure with “that’s how we’ve always done it,” or “I’m right because I outrank you,” then they are slaves to doctrine, and their training–which should have been based in stress-tested traditions but imparted the ability to effectively adapt those traditions to changing circumstances–is woefully inadequate.

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  7. Thanks so much for liking my post! It was just a stupid thing I had to write for my Mid-term. Felt kind of dirty having to muddle up my writing with dummy URLs and unnecessary videos. Still, felt pretty good getting a like!

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  8. Hi Kent,
    Thank you for liking post on fatimanaqvis.wordpress.com – I found your bio amazing. It’s always good to unlearn preconceived notions and see the view from the lens of someone who has been there.
    xx
    Fatima

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  9. Hi,
    Thanks for liking… No photos, no Facebook, no Instagram ? Suits me. Website ? Maybe…
    If you read my next blog, welcome to my imaginary book launch for six – max allowed here now, indoors or out.. No fizz, no food poisoning..
    Approach to writing now ? Definitely message in a bottle…. When I started this, I decided, like Barbara C, above, that writers reveal themselves in their work.

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  10. First off, I want to thank you for the like. Secondly, was it difficult for you to return to civilian life after a decade in the military?There are plenty of veterans, especially those from the Army and Marine Corps, describe feeling lost after they ETS. The military gave them an identity and an authority they no longer have.

    If I had to guess, I’d say many of them enlisted right out of high school, and they’re late to develop a sense of self (or at least one that doesn’t involve being a soldier or Marine) that most people do in their twenties. Did you have a similar experience initially, or were you able to transition more easily because your service wasn’t your whole identity?

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    • Yes it was difficult. The military takes care of everything from health care to fitness to lodging, but most importantly, it gives you a purpose. But as I observed civilians and veterans alike and their unhappiness from lack of purpose, I was determined to avoid that fate, so I pursued new hobbies and goals after I got out. Now I can’t complain about anything. I’m taken care of from every perspective.

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