Starving artist given new life @SFWC

I plan on going back to this conference with my new book “Fixed” in hand!


Eds. Note: I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Doug Piotter at the San Francisco Writers Conference. As he humourously explains below, this writing stuff was a new experience for him. But he is well on his way with his darkly comedic memoir Monumental Meltdown: Chronicles of a Miscreant, which is in the final stages of development. He was kind enough to share his experiences and his unique perspective on one of the best writing conferences in America. Enjoy. (Doug is pictured above “blending in” while touring the Louvre in Paris).  

By Doug Piotter

I recently attended the San Francisco writer’s conference, a stretch for someone who only just learned the difference between a noun and a verb. At $369 a night the fancy host hotel atop of Nob Hill was miles north of my price range, so I booked a modestly priced apartment at the bottom of the city just a…

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New challenge for ex-heroin addict: going vegan

I would have never thought I’d learn to be a vegan, which is just the latest in a whole lot of things I never thought I’d learn. Life is interesting ain’t it? Hope you enjoy this post on


There are two things you need to know about today’s guest blogger, Doug Piotter. First, nothing is off-limits when he writes, as evidenced by a health blog that includes words like penis, Depends and heroin. Second, dude’s funny, which is why I encourage you to get in line for advanced copies of his upcoming book, Fixed: dope, dye packs and welcomed back. Subscribe here, comment below or contact us to learn more.

I guess there’s a third thing too: You’ll want to read this. Enjoy.

Greener Pastures
By Doug Piotter

I’ve kicked heroin, so going vegan should be a piece of cake, without butter and eggs.

I recently got a Vegucation on Netflix, and like the unsuspecting victims in the documentary Vegucated, my wife and I also agreed to go vegan for six weeks.

The charming documentarian lured us in with a mixture of scientific data and comedy. I felt…

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