Sean says he’s been a writer, humorist and storyteller since he learned how to speak. But that it wasn't until he got sober in 2009 that Sean found out he could get paid for these things.
By his own admission Sean says like most addicts and alcoholics he’s best enjoyed in small doses so following him on Twitter, reading his blog, or as the author of our flagship comic, Long-Term Recovery, right here on The Recovery Revolution.
The principle motivation for my creativity: Happiness. Because if I'm not being creative, I'm pretty difficult to be around.
The principle motivation for my sobriety: I want to know more, see more, change more and I can't do that if I'm a wasted mess.
My favorite qualities in a person: Honesty, a sense of humor and an infectious excitement for life.
What I appreciate most about my friends is they remind me I am loved and not to take myself too seriously.
My main fault: I still beat myself up about a lot of stuff. In fact, I beat myself up about how much I beat myself up.
My favorite occupation is being a writer but if that doesn't work out I think I'd like to be a baker, for the hat and pastries alone.
My dream of happiness is regular run of the mill serenity. If I can love my life and who I am regardless of circumstances or possessions, I'm truly living the dream.
My idea of misery is going back to drinking and using.
My greatest regret is that I didn't get sober sooner!
My proudest moment is when I was three years sober and my first play opened. It proved I could finish projects and that there was no limit to what I could accomplish if I stayed sober.
Other than myself, who would I like to be? A unicorn!
Where would I like to live? London or Paris and hey, who knows—if this election goes sour, this might soon become a reality!
My favorite color
My favorite authors: Raymond Carver, Armistead Maupin, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Claire Messud, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and of course Hemingway.
My favorite poets: Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wordsworth, ee cummings and every word ever by James Baldwin.
My favorite composers/musicians: Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, Morrissey, Jenny Lewis, Bjork and Nina Simone
My favorite painters/designers/photographers: Lautrec, Matisse, Lichtenstein, Kahlo and Modigliani
My heroes: My grandparents.
My favorite food and drink: Tacos, guacamole and a Diet Coke, por favor.
My drug of (lack of) choice: MORE.
What I hate most of all: Hate.
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: To be able to sing like Aretha Franklin. Currently when I sing I sound more like Ben Franklin.
How I want to die: SOBER.
My present state of mind: Sleepy but optimistic.
Faults for which I have the most indulgence: Self-criticism, gossip, laziness.
"Nothing is ever really over…just over there."
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