David Ira Cleary


David Ira Cleary, Writer

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Joined: June 22, 2020
Last Visited: August 02, 2020

Writer Bio

I was born in Wyoming but grew up in Colorado and still consider myself a Colorado boy, despite having lived in the Bay Area since 1990. I started writing seriously and submitting to magazines when I was 14. I went to Clarion in 1987 in East Lansing, and had the best 6 weeks of my writing life there; I met professional writers for the first time, I hooked into the science-fiction writing community and made life-long friends, and I learned how to write: 4 of the stories I wrote in Michigan were eventually published. I've written a bunch of published stories since then, but I've seldom written so fast or consistently well. I'm living now in Oakland, CA, with my wife, two cats, and a dog. I'm tech writing for Bank of the West, though I was a tech-writer and programmer for various Silicon Valley software companies for 20 years.

Writing Style

Cyberpunkish, visual, generally plain-spoken, except when I get fancy and try to imitate my heroes: Lucius Shepard, William Gibson, Cormac McCarthy, Harlan Ellison, etc. I also have a steampunk mode where I write very long sentences and try to parody Borges.

Writing Goal

I want to write a couple of more chapters in the novel whose working title is "Sleepy Greeks Extended Play." It's an expansion of my novella "How Long the Night, Awake", from The Colored Lens, Autumn 2019.

writing goal:
5000 words written


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