Q&A: Bob Garick

Bob Garick is a modern renaissance man. Flirting with writing his entire life he takes it as his mistress each November with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). He’s known to see a sculpture or listen to a piece of music and think, “I could do that” leading to an eclectic life as an amateur artist, musician, engineer, actor, motorcycle repairman, calculus wizard and more. His professional resume includes theatrical set and lighting designer, technical director and high school English teacher. Family is Bob’s one true passion. He has 3 remarkable daughters and a (pretty cool) wife of 27 years and has worked nearly two decades in the IT industry so that his little family could pursue their dreams.

What was your inspiration for your minisode? 

Time — how little we have and how easy it is to waste.

In what ways are you similar to Tommy? In what ways are you different?

Tommy embodies everything that I fear.  He looks forward and never appreciates what he has.  For him it is all about the destination — not the journey.  For me, it feels like yesterday when I brought my newborns home and now they are leaving for college.  And the older I get the faster time flies.  Tommy’s story is a cautionary tale.

What did you enjoy most about writing this minisode? 

Hearing the finished product.  My words are my words.  I hear them in my head and I play with them on the page but they don’t really come to life until the talented and dedicated artists who create Pleasure Town breathe life into them.

If you lived in PleasureTown, what would be your occupation and or/pastime?

I’d be the blacksmith.  I love to create but sometimes lack the inspiration.  I’d let my customers be my muse.

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