About the Author: Kent Wayne

Hello everybody, my name is Kent Wayne.  I’ve started getting requests for more personal info so I thought I’d put up this author page.  I know it is commonly practiced social media etiquette to have lots of pictures and access to personal life available, 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 around 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 (sorry about the bluntness, that’s the military for you).  Within those two extremes, I fall somewhere in between.  I’m not going to get specific about units or what branch I was in.  That was a different person, and it doesn’t matter now anyways.  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.  Plenty of great articles out there that can express why better than I ever could.

My view on the military, just to try and give you some insight on my perspective (without waxing overly long):  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.  That’s pretty much always the case, too.  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 become amazing and heroes can become convicted of child molestation and end up as scum, then the folly of using a label to reduce somebody to hero, baby-killer, badass, or brainwashed becomes shortsighted and childish.

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

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 instance to instance, 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 through my obnoxiously grandiose statement you will find out more about me than if I were to list a chronological series of life events.  And I hope it wasn’t too pretentiously poetic.  As a character from one of my favorite authors said 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 works!  To all you writers, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!

Kent Wayne

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530 thoughts on “About the Author: Kent Wayne

  1. Hi Kent

    Thanks for the follow! How have you been and how’s your blog doing?
    I don’t know if you know that I moved my blog to a self-hosted platform. This has prevented me from connecting with WordPress bloggers like I used to. I would still like to remain in contact with your blog. Do you have an RSS feed I can subscribe to?
    If you would still like to follow my blog, may I add you to my mailing list? I send out one email per day with all the blogs posted for the day including blogging tips. You can also unsubscribe at any time if you feel you want to stop receiving the emails. If you are happy for me to subscribe you, please send me your email address.
    Also, I created a blogger tips group to connect with all my long last WordPress blogger friends, and to help all of us to learn from each other. I would love for you to share your knowledge in the group and connect with other bloggers. Here’s the link:
    Blogger Tips Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1601156120192716/)

    Finally, here’s a blog I thought you may find interesting:
    The Ripple Effect of Blogging

    Best regards,
    Greta
    Founder of Healthy Living
    http://www.healthyliving894.com

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  2. Hey! Thanks so much for the follow. Your blog has been firing up my brain a lot lately. The projector post made me giggle. I just actually got Kindle unlimited so I could read your book, your earlier musing had me think hmm… I gotta read more!

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      • hahahaha, no, if anything you grated me the right way! I found 7cups, and I found courage to just let all of the things hurting me go, or not I don’t know. All I know is that I want to be one, peaceful, harmonious. So, just get some things out, so that I can find it and write the story I want to write…

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    • It was a different world back then; I’ve read and heard a little about late/post Vietnam military culture, and it sounds like you lived three lifetimes within those nine years. All respect to you and good luck with your ventures!

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  3. Hey! Thanks for following up Re-enchantment of the World 🙂 Good luck with writing and post-military life, though judging by the contents of your blog you don’t really need it – you’re doing great!

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  4. DRNM = dearreadingnichemind of KENT WAYNE
    Here comes a THANKUsmile for clicking the blog http:/www.infinitisite.wordpress.com with the intention to follow furtheron.
    I am intrigued by dirty and sci and fi and Buddha who is never with a military haircut but dainty curlies with long ears
    There are things to do and things not to do but dream about fleetingly.
    I dream about travelling to China and put all the preparations into a new
    DIGIBOOK # 28 CHINA HERE WE COME to be published by July 2017
    ..
    Brain wave clouds are on their way from Oxford UK from
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  5. Thank you for following my blog! I just read your ‘The Rarefied Tightrope Chapter 1’. Oh my gosh, I love it so much! I like Shin and his sass. Your writing is so exquisite. It captures the scenery while also being lyrical. And I take it someone maybe possibly likes comic books?

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    • I LOVE comic books! Especially the mid 2000s with Ellis, Ennis, Bendis and Millar pushing the field! There’s guys out there like Scott Snyder carrying the torch, but I wish they’d stop making these overblown action comic book flicks and get back to making good stories again!

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  6. Very interesting thought about the military, and humanity in general. I don’t disagree with your saying no one is all good or bad, and that even scumbags can have good traits… however, I believe that people are essentially good or bad.

    I think that the terrible acts (as you noted, like child molesting) reveal that the core of the supposed “hero” was never noble. They were evil, or they would never acted in so heinous a way.

    I know you said you don’t like gratitude for your military service, but as an American citizen, assuming that you served honorably, I do want to thank you for taking the oath and doing your part (whatever that might have been) to defend our country and its allies.

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    • I’m not sure about that…the idea that someone is “essentially” good or bad, or has a good or bad core, is an idea that I disagree with. I’ve just seen too many people that are supposedly “good” or “bad” that behave in a contrary way at certain moments to say that that idea holds weight. Also, I feel like that stance implies there is some way to quantify the weight of someone’s actions and put them on a scale and measure them, which I also don’t think is possible. In the past I have agreed with that stance, and leaned toward condemning someone or upholding them regardless of recent actions because of their supposed innate “goodness” or “badness”, but I just don’t think that’s a productive way for me to think anymore. Not judging…that’s just what my life has shown me. Thank you for the comment!

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    • Thank You So Much! I blush before your flattery, haha! I like to think of it in less flowery terms: I got kicked around somewhat by life, and adjusted my worldview to compensate in my own, super-over-thinker way. But thanks for putting it that nicely! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  7. I do thank you for your service. Without men and women like you, I would not be free to be writing this. I am a military “brat”. Father fought in WW2 and Korea. Army engineer. My first husband was in the Marine 1-9 better known as the Walking Dead in Nam. He lost his right arm, became addicted to heroin, and died from complications of Agent Orange when he was 36. Our daughter was eleven. It broke her heart.

    That said, I find your profile intriguing (even your bluntness which means you are an honest person). At least from my perspective. I am thankful to have found your blog. Thank you for stopping by mine. Bless you, Nancy

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  8. I am very thank you for being the first follower of my blog. You do know what it did feel like when I just got the notification about you following me regardless of the quantity of my post of course hehe. And surely, your “Musings” is completely a fruitful thing when everytime I read WordPress reader.

    I really do want to read your work. I have read the review of your work in Goodreads and many of them just tell how tip-top your book is. However, it looks like your book is not available in my country, Indonesia.

    Always looking forward to your works and your blog posts

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  9. Hallo Kent!
    I have no idea why you followed me nevertheless I’m glad you did. Thank you. I Quickly perused through your site and I’m astound by your work. Myself I’m an amateur still making baby steps and for sure I’ll gain a lot from you, your criticism and contribution. Looking forward to read ALL of your books.

    Greetings! from Kenya, Africa.

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  10. Dear Kent,
    Thank you followin. Every follower is a piece of gold for newbies like me.

    Like you I love my privacy, but gave in to one or two of the norms of social media and put a face to the name. What an interesting bio. Poetic in its own way.

    I look forward to your feedback on my posts.

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  11. Thank you for the follow Kent! Three years away and people find me on the first post back! Now I’ve got to keep posting! I’m not yet brave enough to exhibit my older writing attempts to the world, so I salute you for doing it, and owning your past! Kudos!

    Much insight and inspiration to you!

    I’ll stop with the exhausting exclamation points now. There. That’s better.

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  12. I love your bio. You don’t always have to share your private life to get to know someone. And your bio here let’s us catch a little of your world. I absolutely agree with your take on categorizing people as heroes or villains. If life can not be all good or bad then how can people be the same? But what I believe is that everyone of us is capable of being a hero for one and a villain for another. Humans are but a cluster of infinte impredictability.

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  13. Thanks for the follow. 🙂 I’m still figuring out what belongs in a bio page, because like you I like my privacy. And like you I think people are complicated, which I think shows up in my writing.) Your page is a nice model for giving a sense of who you are without giving away a lot of private details. Nice job, and now I’m off to check out Echo!

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    • Thank You! Apologies in advance for my first attempt at fiction; it’s got a lot of swearing and some clunky wording. I have to constantly resist going in and rewriting the whole thing! Thanks! 🙂

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  14. Thanks for the follow, Kent. I appreciate what you’ve written about your experiences in the military. Can I ask how connecting with so many other bloggers has affected you and your writing practice?

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    • It’s slowed it down, haha! A good chunk of my time is now dedicated to bloggery. But their input has been invaluable, so in the sense that it makes me a better writer, it has pushed me forward.

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