HE HAD BIG GOALS AND WASN’T SHY TO DIVULGE THEM. HE WANTED TO BE THE NEXT BRUCE WEBER OR ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. HE HAD A CONVICTION IN HIS ABILITY THAT WAS VERY APPEALING TO ME, BUT I THINK IN GENERAL THERE SOMETHING SO FRESH AND HONEST ABOUT HIM THAT THIS WHOLE CHARACTER INTRIGUED ME TO THE POINT THAT I AGREED WE COULD TRY THE APPRENTICE THING. I DIDN’T KNOW HOW IT WOULD WORK BUT IT WASN’T LIKE I HAD A MILLION EXCITING ADVENTURES AT THE MOMENT. – DAN SKINNER ‘THE MISADVENTURES OF DOC AND DIRK, VOLUME II’ -
Dan Skinner is writing more novels these days than he can possibly publish. And all the while still has time to create some very appealing photography as well. Seems like an almost impossible task to me, but when you look closer to the main theme of his Misadventures of Doc and Dirk series, one could say that the characters are loosely based on real time personages. And that of course light help a bit.
Doc is a middle-aged, newly single, gay photographer starting life over. Along comes Dirk, a freshly out nineteen-year-old, irreverent free spirit who wants to be his apprentice. Mismatched by more than a generation, what could possibly go wrong? Everything! And it's AWESOME!
There’s something we possess in our teens and twenties that gradually disappears with time. The ability to look into the unknown ahead of us and imagine that all kinds of things are possible. As we become older and take on responsibilities and move forward into the mundane things of reality, we lose bits and pieces of those dreams. The castle or mansion becomes and apartment or condo, the champion steed a cat that curls at our feet or a dog that begs to be walked. Our Prince Charming turns out to be a succession of poor choices and the happily ever becomes sitting alone with your popcorn and Netflix. That’s life and whether we like it or not, we have to settle for the hand we’re dealt. The fire that burns so wildly in our youth becomes a flickering ember.
But then, completely unexpected, you find yourself at crossroads. You can either continue the comfortable life you unwillingly but surely have settles into, or take a leap and try something new and unexpected. In other words, to light up that flickering ember and male, that flame burn bright again. Doc arrived at this crossroads when he met Dirk, who had his mind set upon becoming his apprentice. To hesitance at first Doc finally agrees to give it a change and soon finds himself in a situation where Dirk is not just an intern or an assistant, but has transformed into something much more. Dirk incorporated himself so much into Doc’s world that every project he worked on, whether photography or writing, he felt the need to contribute. Before Doc knew it… he was suggesting things he should have thought of himself, or proposing alternatives that made his thinking go in a completely different direction. He was, in fact, inspiring. A muse. A friend.
Dan Skinner is a single gay man living in the Midwest. He claims to be writing because he considers himself to be an old-fashioned storyteller. But Dan is also a photographer and has been so for half his life. Not surprisingly his two careers are intertwined. His photography has mostly specialized in male romance cover art. Dan’s dream is to one day live on the beach with my dog and continue to tell tales that inspire and entertain. One can image what kind of fictional stories will be born in a place like that. If they will be only half as good as The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk, both Volumes I and II, success will be guaranteed. –BM-
Dan Skinner can be followed on his official webpage as well as his Facebok page. The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk Volumes I and II are available for purchase on Amazon, but in printed and digital versions.
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