Kirkus MacGowan

Kirkus MacGowan

dreamHowdy! My name is Kirkus MacGowan and I’m married to my beautiful wife, Kristina (whom I’m convinced is a shoe-in for sainthood). I attended four colleges, played tons of baseball, drank enough alcohol to kill a small elephant, and survived it all by waiting tables and tending bar. I graduated from Ferris State University with a degree in Psychology, though most people have a doctorate when they attend as long as I did.

Why a blog? I played baseball for twenty-three years. I began at the age of three and played every year through high school. I played a season at Cornerstone College, two seasons on the club team at Ferris State University, three years in the Grand Rapids City Majors, and two seasons for the Durham Bulls. No, not the Durham Bulls from the movie, but in an amateur league based in Chicago. Though I didn’t make it to the show, I learned a few things about chasing dreams along the way.

It’s been six years since I quit playing baseball and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m a stay-at-home father with two crazy kids. Recurring thoughts about an old pipe dream surfaced around the same time I quit baseball; a career in writing.

I created Diapers, Bookmarks, and Pipe Dreams in my free time (what free time?) and have long been obsessed with reading great books. This is my chance to pursue the career of my (pipe) dreams and become a successful writer. I love sharing my experiences and any knowledge I gain with others who have the courage and drive to pursue their own dreams.

Join me and let’s swing for the fences together!


Kirkus MacGowan — 21 Comments

  1. Lance previewed The Rookie on Goodreads, I downloaded the free kindle version to my iPad and loved it. I liked your dedication. I feel the same way. Take a look at the free sample of Phantasy Baseball and see if your get hooked. Which of you other books should I start with?

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  3. Kirkus,
    I’m constantly amazed at how the Six Degrees of Separation works within the global community of authors. I, too, lived and worked in Grand Rapids (back in the early 90s). Miss the great trout fishing and winter sports (though my knees won’t let me hit the moguls, anymore). While there, I wrote a couple of early drafts, while continuing research for OMAR: A Novel. BTW: Though I like (and understand) the title of your blog, it’s not a “pipe dream” (unattainable) when you pursue it… as you are :-{ ) Continued success with your prolific career.
    Craig O.

    • If this isn’t an example of how I am not technologically savvy, I don’t know what is. Apparently I marked my own response to this comment as spam, lol.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping over, Craig. It truly is a small world. Michigan is a beautiful state, even in the winter, though I hate to admit it. I’ve been thinking about taking the “Pipe” out of Pipe Dreams lately for exactly the reason you suggest. This whole thing still feels surreal. Maybe I’ll wait until it seems real to change the name.

      And congratulations on making it to the top five finalists for Mystery/Thriller on The Kindle Book Review. Great accomplishment!

  4. Congratulations on the new release! Here I was looking for The Sixth Deadly Sin to come out when I came upon this announcement in your online paper. I’ll place the book cover and Amazon link on my side bar immediately! :) Take care, Louise

    • Lol! Thanks, Louise. :) I should have known better than to name a book so early in the process. After such a long name on the first novel, I wanted to shorten things up with this one, make it stand out more. Thanks for your support!

  5. I was a baseball player that hung up his cleats after high school and an academic scholarship (wasn’t quite college material). Now, I’m a teacher, coach, writer and dad of four. Hats off to you man! Neat to see this site and another dad not only living his dreams of writing but doing it while being proud of his family. Come by and check out my blog sometime if you get a chance. My first novel is due out sometime in July.

    (Edit: removed a broken link on 4/28/2014)

    • Hey there, Scott. :) Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping over! More than that though, thanks for the compliments. I truly love my life. We’re both lucky men. :)

      I have your blog bookmarked. I’ve forced myself not to check any out for at least the next few weeks though. So close to my editing deadline I can’t afford any more good reading!

      Hope you’re enjoying your summer. :)

  6. I’m a stay-at-home dad too but I’m glad to say the children are long gone from the house and I’m retired. I have a wife whose halo is also showing. And yes, I too want to be a writer. I have written a book – and a very good one too – but I want to know a lot more about you and your business before I submit.

  7. I’m a stay-at-home dad too but I’m glad to ssy the children are long gone from the house and I’m retired. I have a wife whose halo is also showing. And yes, I too want to be a writer. I have written a book – and a very good one too – but I want to know a lot more about you and your business before I submit.

    • Howdy, Edmund. :) Thanks for the comment. Sounds like a perfect time to be a writer to me.

      If you haven’t had the chance, check out this post I wrote for aspiring authors. Basically I suggest specific books that help you make the next decisions about your writing career.

  8. My husband is an aspiring writer (when he’s not being a doctor, which he has to do to pay the bills). I love reading. Our daughter has inherited both traits – she’s currently at uni in London studying Comparative Lit and Film Studies for a combined Honours degree – she plans to either be a writer, film director, film editor or scriptwriter – she’s not short on confidence or ambition!

    • Howdy, Ann! Thanks for stopping over.
      Sheesh! I can see how being a doctor might put a damper on writing time. I do wish him the best though. We at least know he has the brains to be a writer! :)
      Wow, your last sentence sounds like it sums up your daughter quite well. I wish her the best as well.
      Thanks for the comment!

  9. Thanks for following me on Twitter, Kirkus. Sounds like you have discovered, at an early age, what is really important in life. Cheers for that. I too am married to a gem — although she thinks I watch too much soccer. I try to point out that I used this expertise to write a $&@*#$ soccer novel, for crying out loud. But, what are you gonna do? You seem to be at the point in your parenting that I was about 15-20 years ago. You heard it here: life just gets better and better.

    • Hey, John.

      Lol @ the soccer comment. Had that in the back of my mind about baseball for awhile now. Watching all the games are just research right?

      I can’t imagine life getting better than it is today. I’m always saying how I’m on cloud nine. Is there a cloud ten? Or how does that work? Haha.

      Thanks for stopping over, John. Pleasure to meet you!

  10. Hey Kirkus – Thanks for stopping by Henrietta Sharp’s Facebook page. You have been well liked in return. I’ll look you up on GoodReads too. 

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