Wendy reviews ‘The Misadventures of Doc and Dirk – Volume 3’, written by Dan (Doc) Skinner. Self published October 14, 2016 – 46 pages.
He’s a middle-aged, newly single, gay photographer starting life over. Along comes 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!
Sex Dolls and Bad Dates: We’ve all had one of those dates where we think we’ve bitten off more than we can chew. The trick to know is Bite or Flight?
Dirk’s Quirks: Everyone has idiosyncrasies; that’s what makes us interesting. If you’re lucky, you get a heaping helping and can share them with everyone.
This is the third volume of Dan’s misadventures with his #MuseNerd. I of course jumped at the opportunity to review this story. I was then surprised by a message from Dan saying that he would agree to do an interview with me. I immediately became my most professional self and said “OMG! Really?”… “Like, for real really?” I’m surprised he isn’t still laughing now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for our RGR readers.
RGR – People laugh at different things. Is it difficult to make scenes funny in a way most readers can appreciate?
I really just repeat what happens during our Skype sessions. For example: Dirk has an excellent memory, he will say… “Remember this?” I’m just acting like Dirk’s stenographer. Once he tells the story, then I write it down in my own style.
RGR – The stories in this book especially are very personal. Is it difficult for either you or Dirk to share them with us fans?
I had a very hard time. I’m a very private person. Dirk and Tina really brought me out of my shell with this project. I’ve always considered myself a workaholic and I hid myself in that. This has been like writing a diary, little bits and pieces of my life are out there now. It’s therapeutic. Dirk thinks this is a forum for his stand up comedy routine.
RGR – Fans love these Misadventures. Did you think you would have this kind of impact on us and where do you plan to go from here?
I had everyone telling me for some time that I ought to write a book of all the things Dirk and I did because people said they were coming to my page every day to read about his shenanigans…I dismissed it..but more and more people started coming to my page for it and saying the same thing… Tina said that I might want to consider it as something to do in between books… but again I dismissed it because I kept thinking who would want to read something like this.. there’s no plot.. there’s no romance.. it’s two gay guys just doing things that happen to end up funny… we were at Dirk’s house and began discussing it and his mom turned around and said… you know that might be a fun idea.. like a gay Seinfeld show about two gay guys from different generations… showing the differences of growing up gay in two different eras… and the funny thing is that Dirk had been saying all along that some of the stuff we did was so comedic it wold be like a gay soap opera…I literally had to have everyone gang up on me to convince me it might be a fun thing to do.
They were right… I was wrong.
I have to say that I laughed the hardest with this installment of misadventures. There are some of the most private and incredibly awkward experiences that you will ever read about between both of these men. That they were comfortable enough with each other to share those moments is a testament to what great friends they are. That they chose to share it with us is a gift like no other. Like it says in the blurb, Dan explores idiosyncrasies in this story and oh man, does he ever! It made me think of every single quirk that I have and every one that I could remember as someone else’s.
The conversations he has with Dirk are so human and so personal that they really touch something inside of you. Once you are done laughing your arse off, you realize that Dan has not only made your day, but he’s taught you a valuable lesson in being a human being. And the book cover is once again, stunning.
Dan’s goal is to put a smile on our face. He absolutely does that with this book, but how he can do so much more in so few pages is beyond me! What a gifted writer and a blessed one with a muse like Dirk.
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