About

Megan PerezI lived in the Northeast and Atlantic for many years: Boston, Brooklyn, Upstate New York, Chapel Hill. I came to Northwest Arkansas for a job at the U of A. That ended. I found a different career. Now, I’m a single dad of a four-year-old who likes to eat tofu, go to museums, and listen to Peter Gabriel.

I was baptized Buddhist, but can’t say I’m a very good practitioner. That’s insulting to my friends that are. All this means is that I try to do the right thing whenever possible and appreciate the smallest things as often as possible. Do the right thing, not because you expect reciprocity, but because doing the right thing is the right thing to do. This is a firm value of mine.

What I’m Doing With My Life

I earned my Master’s degree in Information Science and was a librarian for many years. It’s not what you think, though. My job had very, very little to do with books and more to do with grant writing, event planning, conference speaking, fine tuning my understanding of the organization of information. I never thought of myself as a writer, but I met with a business coach recently. She took a quick look at my resume and said, “You’re a creative. You’re a storyteller. You need to run with that.”

So here I am providing content development and website development services businesses and non-profits. Five years ago, a life goal for me was to write a screenplay. It is still outlined in my head. I fantasize about it being directed by Ang Lee and scored by Radiohead. It would be bad ass. I just need to put the damn thing on paper.

img_20161015_143539Life happens, though, and now I’m a father who reads to his son (probably for too long) each night he’s with me. This activity has blossomed into a desire to publish a series of children’s books, turn it into a cartoon, and then go for merchandise. It’s a long haul, but I have a great support team. I even secured an illustrator who is working on character development.

Books

My favorite book right now is The Lion and The Bird. It’s about empathy, care, friendship, loss and loyalty. It’s up for an award and is currently out of stock with every major online outlet. The one copy I saw online is going for over $100. Yet, I have a copy because..well, I know how to get things done; and I paid less than twenty bucks for it.

Movies

I’m BIG BIG into movies. Lots of my conversations involve some sort of hidden movie reference. People who catch it get my attention whether romantic or Platonic. I think, besides Love Actually, Die Hard is one of the all-time great Christmas movies. Daniel Craig makes an excellent Bond. Dennis Leary is underappreciated especially if you watch The Ref or Rescue Me. Gary Oldman is a chameleon. If you can name the one movie that features Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, James Galdolfini, Bronson Pincho, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, and Tom Sizemore, then we can talk for hours.

I miss LOST and I’m always encouraging people to just try Game of Thrones. Forget all the hype. Just watch the first episode of the first season and then tell me you’re not into it. At least you tried and I won’t fault you for that.

Music

Radiohead, The Roots, The Outfield, Tribe, Gang Starr, Jack Johnson, Sir Mix-a-Lot (yes, I said it), Modest Mouse, Regina Spektor, B-52’s, Weezer and most anything ‘80s are my go-to choices. I bought a cheap turntable for $100 last year so I could introduce my son to vinyl. So far so good except for that one time he tried to turn it off by dragging the needle across the face of the album without raising the arm. That wasn’t so cool.

Food

Gluten-free spaghetti and meatballsI like foreign: Indian, Thai, Japanese. I’m into a good burger a la Hugo’s. You cannot find good Mexican food in NWA except for El Cunado in Springdale. Tapas are right up there with Japanese, but I’ve not yet come across a tapas restaurant in NWA.

I cook about 5 days a week. I’m above average on that front. Still, I’d like to get better. My son potentially has Celiac disease so we’re on a strict gluten-free diet. This is for medical reasons, not because it’s a fad. This means we eat clean food and I always regret eating fast food no matter how good an idea it seems at the time. I have a serious collection of gourmet sea salts that includes individual blends of flori, porcini, saffron, and truffle. I experiment with my slow cooker. Big time.

The Six Things I Could Never Do Without

A device: phone or laptop. I hate to say it, but all of my contacts’ information is in the cloud. I have just a few phone numbers memorized. I’d be in trouble if I couldn’t get online somehow. I feel gross all of a sudden.
Music. I’m an introvert which means I need some quiet time to recharge my batteries. That quiet time, however, includes music and video.
A pen and paper. I write down notes, reminders, and topics for writing on whatever is ready to hand: napkins, pizza boxes, napkins, tissues, my hand, or a journal. Whatever is in arm’s reach is getting scribbled on.
Photographs. “If your home caught fire and you could save only a handful of things, what would they be?” Photos. My grandfather was a drummer in Santa Anna’s army in the “The Alamo” (Wayne not Quaid). That’s not going down in flames without a fight.
My son’s smile. There is nothing like my 4-year-old grabbing me and saying, “Daddy, I love you,” out of the blue. Truly. Unconditional love in unexpected places at unexpected times is one of this world’s greatest gifts.
Ahome. I don’t mean just a roof over my head. I mean a place where I feel safe, comfortable, at ease, and real. I don’t care if it’s an apartment, a house, or a co-op. Home.

I Spend A Lot of Time Thinking About

The Fun Thoughts: Where I should take a vacation. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a vacation I helped plan. There aren’t many places in the U.S. I’m interested in spending my vacation money on. I prefer to go abroad. I’m a hot weather man so an island would be on the table. I like the idea of staying in a hut on stilts where I have to paddle up to it and enter using a ladder. I want to walk into a restaurant and see two bars: one for drinks, and the other for food. There isn’t a menu. There is just today’s catch spread out on a bed of ice and the waiter says, “Choose.”

The Real Thoughts: How to balance my past, present, and future. I don’t want to live in the past and carry a lot of baggage with me all of my life. I don’t want to forget where I came either, though. I’d like to be all Zen and stuff and live in the moment, but I spend a lot of time thinking about how what I’m doing in the present is going to affect my future. I feel like Llyod Dobler.

On A Typical Friday Night I Am

Probably at home streaming something or having dinner at Taste of Thai with my son. I like DIY projects so I’m also planning out my time for the weekend for a new DIY project. Full disclosure: most of my projects fail, but I like trying them out anyway. The coolest thing I made so far is a wooden box car designed and painted like classic Mustang Shelby. It has a hidden compartment under the seat, interchangeable table tops, and a snack pouch. The boy loves it.