Success Story – Glenn Schaefer – Oh! You’re One of Those People…

Road_Sign_Success By Glenn Schaefer - Author of  "Oh! You're One of Those People..." Obsessed With Progress - Featured Guest!   Like many writers, the early manuscript for my book “Oh, You’re one of those people” was designed to be therapeutic…nothing more than bar napkin philosophy. My world had crumbled and what seemed to be available to me were a few pencils and an old half emptied box of copy paper. Every once in a while, there would be enough words in the funnel to make a sentence which led to paragraphs, then chapters, and before too long, my entire bout with this depression and homelessness topic would be out there for the world to see.   This sharing of a delicate topic would fall under the category of a public unmasking. Taking the very private person that I am and writing a “heart on my sleeve” memoir-type book for all to judge. No more dipping the toes in the pool…it would now be “all in.”   As my media visits to discuss the book continue, I become more and more comfortable with unwrapping the layers and really sharing the story not just repeating it. It’s ugly but I can look at readers or interviewers now and say “things aren’t perfect but I’m not sleeping on the back of a U-Haul flatbed anymore!”   The book journey becomes less and less about me and more and more about the people I want to help either through charity events or by stocking pantries. The book was my avenue to explain my feelings. Those who hold the opinion that a homeless person will never be able to take care of day to day tasks or make a contribution to the workplace or even to the world again is a tragedy!   The night I was wandering aimlessly in a snowstorm and was rescued by a registered nurse just coming off of a shift as she began her drive home was when I decided there were stories to tell from this adventure. If the message gets out, a purpose will have been served! Simple compassion should never become a lost art.   Writing should be about the passion you feel when you sit down at the desk at 3 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning. Like a battle with depression or the struggles of homelessness you continue to fight the good fight by waking up each morning with the will to make something positive happen. If not for yourself then for someone else. Pulling the blankets over your head each morning is the same as leaving the unfinished manuscript in the bottom drawer of that same desk. It serves no purpose and the result will be the same. The thoughts and feelings you took the time to put on paper need to be shared.   If it’s not complete…finish it.   If it’s complete…send it!   Mostly…enjoy the journey you took.   -------------------------------------- About Glenn Schaefer Glenn Schaefer Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Schaefer learned two things that were very important…almost from birth. Deep dish pizza was a culinary gift to mankind and rooting against the Cubs was almost as fun as being a life-long White Sox fan. Even after a move to the rural area of central Illinois then North Carolina didn’t curtail the passion for Chicago sports teams….and certainly not for pizza.   After two years at Eastern Illinois University studying journalism in his first educational life, Schaefer recently returned to school to complete his B.A. degree in Public Relations and Marketing and is furthering his educational, working on a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts concentrating on creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. His focus is writing social justice work pieces for those who have little or no voice in society. After 20 years on the streets selling advertising and broadcasting for CBS radio and television, his other current passion is teaching at the college level helping students expand their creative thoughts through the written word. The author’s work can be found in numerous newspaper columns (Buffalo News, Chicago Sun Times) features in Chicago Magazine and sports blogs across the country, and is planning a second book release “Baseball through My Father’s Eyes.”   When not on the golf course expanding his “out of bounds” verbal vocabulary, Schaefer also works with the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington D.C. as an advocate helping various local organizations serving those dealing with homelessness or depression. For information how you can serve, contact www.nationalhomeless.org.   “Oh, You’re One Of Those People!” can be found on amazon.com, BarnesandNobel.com Schaefer is represented by JKSCommunications with offices in Nashville and Chicago.   Oh You're One of Those People  

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