I authored this motto in my teens. Since then and to this day, I live my life by this code, my motto.
“Everything is possible; nothing is impossible; it’s all in the attitude.”
So, that says a lot about me. I live this motto every day of my life. Be positive. Stay positive. It directs how I view the world and how I address the obstacles that life throws in my path. I even work hard to apply it to everyday tasks, from washing the dinner dishes to cleaning the backed up toilet. I try to attack my duties with a positive attitude. Not that succeed every time. No, I fail a lot, but I keep trying.
I grew up in a world of believing that everything worth doing was worth doing well and with a smile on my face. I also accept that what may not exist today will probably exist tomorrow or the next day. You may think it incredulous now but who would have thought that those ‘Star Trek’© communicators that flipped up would become a reality a decade ago as a flip phone, and nearly obsolete today. Who knew?
Who am I?
I am the son of a war veteran who, upon return home from war, found his bride had moved on in life, leaving him and a baby behind. I suppose I should consider myself lucky as I was born to his second wife. Otherwise, I might not be around today. Both were creative people. Dad’s creativity came from his soul but had technique like I’ve never seen before. Mom had the artistic talent but little skill. I think I inherited some from each of them, just not enough to know what to do with it. I had to figure it out all on my own.
Today, thousands of images and scenes still flow through my mind every day, all day long. I can’t capture them all. My artwork tries, but so many of them get away from me. Don’t get me wrong. I love every piece I create. I pour my soul is into each of them. However, they fall short in that it takes too much time to build a single frame of a scene. I want more. I need more. That’s when I rediscovered creative writing.
My stories do a better job of capturing some of these images that flow through my thoughts. It is why I like to paint realism and write dramatic fiction centered on fantasy, sci-fi, and the beautifully impressive, naked female form. I can incorporate dozens of scenes into a novel. Each composition is segmented into tens or hundreds of frames, capturing the thoughts and behaviors of my characters. I found that I can paint my imagery with my words. It’s wonderful. As you read my stories or view my paintings, you can visualize that I apply motto in my creative works just as I do in my everyday life.
Revealing my true self is still somewhat scary in a politically correct world where even the slightest offhand comment or opinion is globally and publicly chastised and degraded with outrage and indignity. Some say I have a deviant spirit. Maybe I do. Some embrace what I expose. Others do not. I have decades of experience hiding parts of me from the world. I’m slowly learning to rewrite those feelings and embrace who I indeed am. Thankfully, I have an exceptional and dear person in my life who allows me the freedom to be who I honestly am, to explore my inner self, even though she doesn’t understand it at times.
So, there you have it.
I’m a free-spirit man embracing as much as I can, accepting others and their beliefs, even to the extent that those beliefs may make me nauseous. I will never try to change another expecting they in turn not to try to change me. Therefore, I am open-minded enough to understand that not everything may be the truth. As such, I question everything, demanding to know the authoritative source of any supposed fact tossed at me. From that, I make my judgments.
How I see the Universe
I observe as much as I can and explore that which interests me.
I see the universe we live in as a living entity. Life is everywhere. Do I believe in Mother Nature? Absolutely. Her ancient name dating back ten thousand years is ‘Gaia.’ I think of her frequently, and use her name in my stories. The spirit of life lives in each of us. Life exists in the flowers and trees outside my window, in the rocks, we step on, in the stars in the sky, in our galaxy and well, throughout the entire universe. If you ask me what I believe, I will often say “We are not alone.”
Mathematically, it is highly improbable that we lowly humans are alone in the universe. My only hope is that as a species, we mature enough to be prepared for the moment when the question of ‘are we alone?’ is eventually answered.
Thanks for reading this far. Write me if you would like to know more. I will do my best to respond promptly. Please be patient; I know you’re busy, as I am.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.
Richard Verry began life floundering as he made his own way through life. As he grew, he discovered artistic talents in himself inherited in part from his parents. Dad was an excellent technician with the brush but did not seem to have a creative side. Mom was very creative and dabbled in many different mediums but lacked technical expertise. Through osmosis, Rich blended their talents with his own.
Throughout his childhood, Rich doodled in class, at home and where-ever. He sketched imaginary ships that could travel through space, water, air, and underground. As he reached puberty, his subject matter changed while his skills grew stronger. While he never received any formal training in the arts, he experimented with a variety of media and styles, including writing, sketching, drawing, and photography.
As an adult, earning a living took precedence over his talents. He married, went to college the hard way (part-time nights & weekends) and received several college degrees in Business and Information Technology. While this fed his creative side, he always felt he lacked something more important. Years later and after a divorce, he rediscovered his artistic side.
He began sketching, drawing and painting in earnest. He favors the female nude and has produced many compositions in graphite, charcoal, oil paint, and watercolors. He’s created quite a gallery of works which he exhibits on his online gallery which you can find at maggicalExpressions.
Eventually, he began writing short stories but never thought about publishing any of them. In 2012, he started working on an idea for a full-length novel. Dabbling off and on with written creative works, he began writing the ‘Mona Bendarova Adventures’ as a single book, the idea of which he thought about several years ago. He wrote a concept, a future history, an encyclopedia of the universe, and eventually, an outline of the first book. Initially, he didn’t think that he would publish it, but the feedback he received prompted him to decide to publish it and to write a series. ‘Broken Steele’ is the second book in the series. Since then, he has written several other books, including the ‘Her Client Trilogy,’ ‘The Breakup,’ the ‘Consortium’ books and many more, which he sells with great success on Amazon and other retail and eBook sites.
Richard Verry is a computer engineer, artist, and author. His artistry includes written works and an extensive gallery of drawings, watercolor and oil paintings. He lives with his long-term girlfriend and partner Janet and makes their home in Rochester, NY along the banks of Lake Ontario in the north-eastern United States. He hopes you enjoy his work and would appreciate a comment, good or bad.
Honest, thoughtful critiques are always welcome.