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My pitfalls in writing a longer biography are resumeitis "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound," and chronological fixation- "Then I shaved for the first time, then Mary Sue dumped me, etc." My life (some 71 years thus far) has in fact been enjoyably haphazard. I've been able to do most of the immature things I wanted to do when I was fourteen. After graduating from university I was, in approximate order: a naval officer specializing in diving and bomb disarming; a newspaper reporter; an intelligence agent living in Germany and Japan; an international sales executive for a Canadian paper conglomerate and then a major U.S. trading company and now a fiction writer. I've lived in six countries, visited another seventy five, and speak four languages ( Japanese badly), My free time is misspent fly fishing and shooting. Along the way I acquired a wife (now forty five years worth), two children, five grandchildren and an MBA. I normally write sardonic to dark fantasy and horror stories. but do stray into children's fairy tales and, when there's nothing else to write, literary fiction. Forty six of my stories have been published thus far, most also reprinted. The writing achievement I'm happiest about is the five fairy tales starring our grandchildren, all of which are now posted on the alfie dog site. I didn't really begin writing until I was sixty seven, so there's hope for everyone who's legally old. I also have the luxury of not relying on my meager writing income to write what I want to. On writing: My first drafts stink, always. I rewrite viciously after a few digestive cycles, and, for problem children that no one wants, run the stories through several critique groups until they're literarily acceptable. Fortunately there are enough demented editors that even my weirdest stuff eventually gets picked up.
Allen is variously known as a mystical poet, a poet concerned with recording the history of the century’s last fifty years and the beginning years of the 21st Century, a poet of contemporary science, a Zen Buddhist-oriented poet, and a poet whose eclectic style ranges from formal to free verse. In recent years, he has often written in a new narrative-lyric hybrid form of his invention that he calls “Randomism.”