"I'm the worst kind of writer a writer with
Those are Mike Spinney's own words: the bare-bones, bare-knuckles
confession of a man who gave up any hope of artistic redemption
the day he signed on with a public relations agency and
forfeited his talents in exchange for thirty pieces of
"Ever since I was a skinny high school kid with acne
and ill-timed hormonal impulses, I wanted to be a writer,"
Spinney continues, his breath oddly sweet with the essence
of some intoxicating ethereal elixir. "But I got
duped, and instead became a shill, a flak, willing partner
in innumerable snake-oil schemes.
"Now, to pay for my transgressions, I must eternally
walk the Earth in search of a salvation that, for me,
does not exist."
But he tries hard.
Mike is a public relations man. You'll find his name atop
press releases associated with various high technology
concerns. His writing has appeared in numerous respected
high tech trade publications, too with someone
else's name credited.
hard to give his writing life and meaning, Mike has re-launched
his freelance career, focusing on creating angling features
for sporting magazines. 2003 will see his byline in magazines
such as TIDE, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, New England
Game & Fish and others.
you see Mike on the water, please don't ask him if he's
caught anything. The answer is probably "no."