This book is the first manuscript I have brought to publication and I'm working on a few more to bring to print. The courage to write was born in the guilt of not having a formal education and a discipline of reading for many hours every day. This conditioning was instilled in me by older, wiser men who will never be released from prison or have a significant amount of time remaining to serve. These men would listen to me talk about community service, starting companies, higher learning, and what I should've been doing in my community. So they instructed me to learn, and to master what I've learned I had to teach, and to teach something of substance I had to read, write, and study for a minimum of eight to ten hours every day.
As I went through these steps I came across a book entitled How to Write a Memoir, and that book was the idea seed that led me to produce this work.
There are many men institutionalized who have the desire to become an author, but the tedious work of getting the work to publication is a major hurdle for them. This book represents my lighthouse, a beacon of light to look toward for every institutionalized person that I told I would write back, support their efforts in rehabilitation or their efforts to financially support their families and themselves. And I'm proud to personally have the skill to transcribe this work into braille for my ex-students and visually impaired brothers.