About Page: Let’s Meet The Author

Who is The Byronic Man?  Who is this mystery wrapped in an enigma, with a drizzling of secret sauce? 

He is a brain surgeon and former Olympic kick-boxer.

Slide2He is accepted by bears the world over as one of them.

He was the inspiration for the characters of Neo, in The Matrix, and James Bond (From Russia With Love and Casino Royale, only)

At night, The Byronic Man, it’s rumored, puts on a cape & mask and fights crime.  (He denies these rumors, citing his mild-manner as evidence)

He wrote Cyrano de Bergerac under the pen-name “Edmond Rostand” and the pen-year “1897.”

He can bench-press an adult bull.

His mind is so powerful that when he thinks sad thoughts, flowers die.

IMG_0262On their vacations, dolphins like to go swimming with The Byronic Man.

…Hm?  What?  Oh.  Not buying it, eh?… fine.

Once upon a time there was this guy (spoiler alert!: it was me).  He was a professional stand-up comic, actor, and struggling writer.  He was going along, feeling quite iconoclastic and cool as he built a name for himself.

Then one day, he had a moment of something, perhaps clarity, and realized he was becoming someone he didn’t like very much – he was someone who cared more about the adoration of strangers than building close friendships, he was tired of dumbing down his humor, much of his life had become dedicated to developing the superficial parts of his life, he was starting to really hate everyone (you try making 90% of your human interaction with strangers who’ve been drinking – see how you fare), and starting to abandon ideas of morality and honor that he’d always felt strongly about.  So what did he do? Well, depending on who you ask he either:

  1. Went crazy (unlikely, but possible – he does talk to himself quite a bit)
  2. Self-destructed (ample precedent for this, certainly)
  3. Walked away in search of the person he wanted to be (which sounds pretty saccharine, doesn’t it?  Like the narration before the opening credits of a 1980’s CBS drama, or something)

In all likelihood, of course, it was a mix of all three, perhaps 2 & 3 more than 1, we’d like to think, but maybe the jury’s still out.

In any case, he quit everything, sold his stuff and moved.  He started trying to, in the words of Mr. Antolini from Catcher in the Rye, “live humbly for a cause,” instead of always trying to die nobly for one.

This was a while ago, and now he still acts, performs, writes, etc, but also spends time with friends, teaches college and high-school classes, and other humble things.  Happily ever after?  Psh.  Yeah, right.  Things are pretty good, thank you, but a leopard don’t change no spots, and a Byronic guy don’t change no Byronism.  And thus, this site was born.

And he wouldn’t say no to a little adoration of strangers, now and again, by the way…

Intrigued?  Curious? At least reluctantly willing to learn more?  Here are a few of my favorite posts to start you off with…

One Night In Winnemucca, And The World’s Your Oyster

Variety May Be The Spice of Life, But Spice Can Make Life A Variable

Please Hire Me To Be An Astronaut!

The Adventures of Stoic Man And Impulse Girl, Issue 1 (of, hopefully, one)

 

A Memoir of Courage: The Day The Internet Went Down

 

123 Comments on “About Page: Let’s Meet The Author”

  1. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Says:

    Oregon, huh? That’s cool. And yes, quite incomplete :)

    Reply

  2. yagerbabies Says:

    Shamefully incomplete is an understatement. Yet mine is the same. :D It will come. lol

    Reply

  3. Poumgarnet Says:

    I live in Oregon . . . I love it here. My dog’s name is Byron. If it helps, he is the only dog I know or have ever known, that bares that name. also, he is really cute. =0)

    I enjoyed your posts! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Stace

    Reply

  4. Byron MacLymont Says:

    *** So, if you’re reading this, wondering why the above comments seem to – at best – barely connect to the material in the bio, it’s not them, it’s me. They’re responding to a previous incarnation of the bio which basically said, “Garsh, I just don’t know what to write.”

    Reply

  5. madtante Says:

    I, too, can bench press and adult bull. Wait…

    Reply

  6. Anonymous Betty Says:

    You’ll never believe this but I too am a brain surgeon and former Olympic kick-boxer !! Wait … wait … but I am accepted by wolves the world over … darn, for a second there I thought you might be my long lost brother !!

    Reply

  7. genesismeranda Says:

    The pen name followed by a pen year made me laugh out loud. I always read bio’s before I read any of the posts. Whether or not I like the bio determines whether or not I read the blog. haha Which reminds me, if I read my bio, I would so not read my blog.

    Reply

    • Byron MacLymont Says:

      My bio was awful for a while. Not that it’s brilliant now, but I kind of dashed of something and forgot about it. Then thought, “It’s probably not a positive that I dread someone looking at the bio page…”

      Reply

  8. Andrea Says:

    Simply delightful … definitely deserves a little strange adoration ;)

    Reply

  9. fabulousatfifthavenue Says:

    Rather interesting way to put a Bio out there Byron….like the Witty edge in your writing!!!

    Reply

  10. thepollyannafragments Says:

    Adoration-wise you have been nominated for a liebster by none other than myself!

    It is at http://thepollyannafragments.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/nomination-jubilation-observation/

    Cheers for the good work!

    Reply

  11. Stephen Zawodzinski Says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I just nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award for WordPress! I had to write a post about my own nomiation- it’s a tradition, I guess.

    If you decide to continue the posting tradition you need to:

    1. write seven random things about yourself

    2. nominate 15 bloggers that you follow

    3. put the “Versatile Blogger” picture (you can find it on my blog on the very first post on the homepage) on your post.

    Happy Blogging! : )

    Reply

  12. magikdolls Says:

    Now I’d like to go crack a XX

    Reply

  13. genesismeranda Says:

    I have dubbed thee a Sunshine Award winner! You’re very welcome, no thanks needed, unless you want to send money. http://genesismeranda.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/awards-speeches-and-honourable-mentions/

    Reply

  14. springfieldfem Says:

    I think you’re adorable! (you know, and witty and all that, too…)

    Reply

  15. gojulesgo Says:

    Someone just told me your whole face was now on your About page, so I had to come see for myself. You did it! I hope people don’t follow you just for your good looks now. You’re so much more than that. Just ask Sexy Stalin.

    You know I lurrrrve your blog. More than anyone else’s. Don’t tell the others.

    Reply

  16. shutterbug Says:

    Sounds like you’re cooler than the Dos Equis guy.

    Reply

  17. Mikalee Byerman Says:

    So…you read all the bloggers I read (and played 20 questions w/ most of ‘em!), you write humor, you kinda rock — why haven’t I come across your site before?

    Hmmm…I guess the Freshly Pressed gods actually got it right this time.

    Congrats. And nice to “meet” you. If by “meet” I mean “happen upon your blog and realize I should be a stalker of…”
    ;)

    Reply

  18. Erynn Elizabeth Says:

    I adore you strangely.

    Reply

  19. paperballpotluck Says:

    You’re a funny man. I dig the blog and will continue to read it i suppose.

    cheers!

    Reply

  20. ashleypatterson21 Says:

    Here take some adoration! ;)

    Reply

  21. Meenakshi Says:

    You are a fox, Byronic man. :P

    Reply

  22. SimplySage Says:

    Well, all this is quite ironic, Byronic. Some worth putting thought into.
    I will comment on three.
    First: I have rewritten my bio at least three times. Now I’m on the fourth, which is far much more the real me—not published yet. Mine have been much too “stiff” and I want to relax a bit, now that I see the blogging world more warm and friendly than I thought. I finally feel I can be more transparent.
    Second: I keep my Gravatar and personal photo private because I am a famous movie star and blogging is the only place I can be my true self. Yes, my name is pen, too, for obvious reasons.
    Third: You are gutsy to post your picture as you are quite handsome and now will have lovesick females after you. Alas, no need to worry about me as I am one of those aging but attractive stars. I still manage to turn some heads, which totally shocks me. I still have bodyguards and if younger you might have seen one show up at your door to snatch you. But not for reasons you think. I thrive most on intellect and humor and so enjoy your skewed thinking.
    Peace,
    Alexandria
    P.S. I can already read your mind—”this person is full of it. Another anonymous blogging female vying for my attention.” But …
    all of the above is true.
    Hmm.. Um… Well… Not quite. You guessed it. I’m not a movie star, but the rest is.
    And the truth is there are real reasons involving security that I have to protect my identity. The blogging world is exceptionally understanding of this and still provides a reasonable outlet for the right brain in me.
    I look forward to your humor. You are the first humor blog I’m following.

    Reply

    • The Byronic Man Says:

      So I was re-doing my About Page (like you, I’m constantly coming back to it) and saw that, somehow, I’d missed your thorough and thoughtful comment. Sorry about that. I think that was a week that I’d been freshly pressed AND I was away on vacation, so a number of comments slipped by me. Still, how ungrateful of me. But, six months later, here I am… I’m the Ringo Starr of comment responders (“Regarding your letter of April, 1972…”).

      I went back and forth on the photo thing. I held off for quite a while, wanting the writing to sink or swim on its own merits. Then I added a couple photos in order to add a little personal element. Community always seems like such an important part of blogging, and it was missing from so many of my little humor missives.

      In any case, I hope you’re still reading and writing, and thanks again for the thoughtful input.

      Reply

      • SimplySage Says:

        Grins! So thoughtful of you to reply back, albeit it 6 months later. You just went way high up on the niceness scale in my book!
        Yes, that was the week that was—Freshly Pressed. I was just in one of those moods and got carried away … humor can do that to a person. Since I am older than you I can get away with saying you’re cute. But it’s all in good fun I’ll have you kinow.
        Yes, I’m still writing. Rewrote my “About” AGAIN. I still read your blog on occasion. Even wrote a caption for one of those crazy photos you put up sometimes.
        I totally LOL on some of your stuff. Still enjoying but unable to read everything due to my own blog’s growth. Not sure if FP will EVER notice me. But that’s okay. My little flock keeps me very happy.
        I’m still shy about the photos but I did post some of me taking pictures on WP Special Inspirational Challenge.
        Merry Christmas to you my nice friend,
        Alexandria

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  23. musingsoftheamusingmuse Says:

    Okay… I’ve become a follower. Maybe it was the secret sauce, the acceptance by bears… or maybe it was just because.

    Reply

  24. why am I here in a handbasket? Says:

    Neurosurgeon would have sounded more sophisticated. :)
    Is the adult bull wearing spandex?

    Reply

  25. mohanag Says:

    Totally obsessed with you, the byronic man! my days dont go too well without a little dosage of your slapstick humor. you are adorable, btw.

    Reply

  26. mamajoyx9 Says:

    Wow, you make my brain hurt. I have a feeling your students (whose brains can take a lot more than mine can) are very lucky. Love your writing.

    Blessings,
    Alyson

    Reply

  27. jcgator1 Says:

    Best “author” intro ever lol.

    Reply

  28. Hippie Cahier Says:

    I’m stranger and I adore your intro. (I thought I subscribed ages ago and you just didn’t care to have me reading. I am sorry for the oversight — mostly because it looks like I’ve missed great stuff!).

    Reply

  29. susielindau Says:

    Hahaha! I never saw this! I guess I am in denial about reading glasses and the type is reeeeeally small on the black bar….
    I love that you did the circuit. I really enjoyed going to comedy clubs. My nephew’s wife was in 2nd City. I think she is going back when their son is a little older. Now all of your posts make sense. the public speaking, the commercials…are you auditioning for any movie roles?

    Reply

  30. The Bumble Files Says:

    I guess I didn’t read this yet. I don’t know how I missed it. Swimming with dolphins, huh? Must be your charm. Thanks for doing a blog. You must keep writing. You’re very talented and an absolute delight. Do you have anything published or is there a book in your future?

    Reply

  31. L @ Trying Not to be Fat Says:

    This is a bajillion times better than my bio! I don’t consider what I do writing, I spew incoherent thoughts and make terrible puns.

    And I’m sorry but I need to make fun of your semi-scornful writers photo. Are you sitting on the floor? Where are you, the rec center’s basement men’s bathroom?

    GET OFF THE FLOOR!

    On that note, if you actually don’t have legs or something, I apologize.

    Love love.

    Reply

    • The Byronic Man Says:

      No, the whole photo is much more benign. I’m standing outside… something… I forget. I needed some shots of myself so scrounged for one’s that worked as portraits. I keep meaning to get some new images, but then laziness kicks in…

      Reply

  32. Fortyteen Candles Says:

    NOMINATION!!! Please copy and paste award from my site here and follow the rules to accept (it’s OK if you choose not to): http://fortyteencandles.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/you-like-me-you-really-like-me/

    Reply

  33. Don't Quote Lily Says:

    Hi…I love your blog and decided to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger award. I know you’ve been here, done that, so no worries if you’d rather not participate. Thank you!

    http://dontquotelily.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/versatile-blogger-say-what/

    Reply

  34. DiatribesAndOvations.com Says:

    Congratulations! Because I enjoy reading your blog so very much, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! I hope you’ll accept!

    http://diatribesandovations.com/awards/

    Reply

  35. thefoodandwinehedonist Says:

    What the… I thought I had subscribed to your blog a LONG time ago. Great stuff!

    Reply

  36. Lorna's Voice Says:

    You may not want another award, but I am nominating you for The Booker Award. Yes THE Booker Award! No, not THE Booker Award. Check out my blog in a day or two and read all about it… :)

    Reply

    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Cool! Thanks! I’m not even familiar with that one – I may “accidentally” slip up on the name and tell people I was nominated for the Booker Prize, and when people ask if I’m British, change the subject.

      Reply

  37. sfbell09 Says:

    Sorry, just need a tiny bit of clarification. Which Casion Royale specifically? It will swing the vote I am sure.

    Reply

  38. Le Clown Says:

    Hey pretty boy,
    I know shit is going to become quite busy for you with the birth of new baby… But before everything breaks, just wanted to wish you and your partner a healthy and loving birth. What’s coming is magical. Speak soon, Monsieur Byronic.
    Eric (Le Clown)

    Reply

  39. Sandy Sue Says:

    B-Man, I’m honored that you hit my Subscribe button. Seriously. I’ve been trying to think of something clever to say about it, but nothing is coming. Wouldn’t you know it? Struck boring by a fit of emotion. Thanks, man.

    Reply

  40. Life in the 50's and beyond... Says:

    Oh you are so cute… if that is really you? Teaching High School classes? I did that for awhile… bless you!

    Reply

  41. becca3416 Says:

    I have been following you for quite some time now, but never seem to make it to your posts. My WordPress reader has either failed me, or I am stupid. That’s a toss up.

    I’ll fix it though.

    Reply

    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Something happened with WP a few months back and people just vanished from the Reader lists. My daily readership dropped in half almost over night. Being the depressive type, I assumed everyone was collectively over me. Found out a lot of people had the same troubles.

      One thing you can do is un-follow, and then re-follow. That seems to fix it.

      Thanks for remembering me, though!

      Reply

  42. becca3416 Says:

    But the real question everyone wants to know is, what is the true pronunciation of Oregon?

    Reply

  43. Rustic Recluse Says:

    Hey Byronic witty-funny-amazing Man! Not sure if you’re an awards person; I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! It’s just amazing to me how you can make everything funny while I feel like down about the crap that goes on around me. You can check out the details here: http://rusticrecluse.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Cheers!

    Reply

  44. Barbra Brady Says:

    Congratulations, Byronic Man! I’ve just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award: http://curatorofcuriosities.com/2013/04/07/super-sweet-blogging-nominations/ Looking forward to your .. Byronic answers!

    Reply

  45. justmarge Says:

    You look like McDreamy.

    Reply

  46. victoriabruce Says:

    I have just discovered your blog and at the same time was nominated for the Shine On award. So, because you’ve given me something new and bright and shiny, I hope you will accept this from me.

    http://furrynuff.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/shine-on-you-crazy-diamonds/

    Reply

  47. heysugarsugar Says:

    Ok here’s to an angel getting its wings…..you suddenly appeared in my reader along the lines of ‘here is a blogger you might like’ ..now generaly ole Sugar does not click random blogs but I did and now I’m intregued ! So being Welsh and nosy I am going to walk round your blog gwrden….oh pleased to meet you btw ;)

    Reply

  48. brickhousechick Says:

    Hi Byronic Man,
    Would you be willing to participate in something we are doing for Susie Lindau on Friday morning? I am contacting as many of her followers as possible. My thought is that we all post on our own blogs on Friday with the same title, “Susie Strong”. The content would say something simple like, We are thinking of you. I haven’t known Susie for long but this blogging world is such a family. I thought it would be nice for her to see this message from as many of us as possible. Her husband is going to be updating us after her surgery. He can tell her or she can see it once she is up to it. Are you in? Thanks, Maria aka brickhousechick

    Reply

  49. gingermermaid Says:

    You + blog = Amazing. But I must disclose, I am awful at math.

    Reply

    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Well, I’m not great at it either, but in this case, I have to admit, I’m willing to accept your calculations without checking. Thanks for saying so, and for coming by.

      Reply

  50. Kevin Gillespie Says:

    Hi

    Pleased to meet you. :).

    My name is Kevin Gillespie, I do, MUCH prefer to be called Kev though. :).

    I live in Wales, & am now Following your Blog. :).

    Best Wishes
    Kev. :)

    Reply

  51. ShortSightedYouth Says:

    This blog is fantastic! I too am a comedian and I’m starting to discover, as you obviously already have, that dumbing down material is what the audience likes sometimes…

    But hell nah, I ain’t dumb down nothin’!!

    Reply

  52. Kate Says:

    Like what you have going on over here. Looking forward to following your blog!

    Reply

  53. innamazing Says:

    Hey there! So happy I found your blog – I’m loving it. Cheers.

    Reply

  54. iamjjstone Says:

    So glad I found your blog, but I think I may be harboring feelings of resentment towards you. Oh well, bygones.

    Reply

  55. Gunmetal Geisha Says:

    I usually answer (or comment on) humor with humor (my own often-undecipherable version of it). But I’m especially moved by this passage:

    “…he was becoming someone he didn’t like very much, someone who cared more about the adoration of strangers than building close friendships, he was tired of dumbing down his humor, much of his life had become dedicated to developing the superficial parts of his life, he was starting to really hate everyone,…and starting to abandon ideas of morality and honor that he’d always felt strongly about.”

    So I simply wanted to say, I admire the presence of mind and attention to self-evolution that brought you to those conclusions, and look forward to reading your work.

    Reply

  56. Ola Allam Says:

    This is seriously the coolest, funniest, awesomest blog I’ve ever seen! So glad I found it.

    Reply

  57. archecotech Says:

    Okay Stick man, have you ever met a bear from Russia? Nope, neither have I. But it sounds like you’re from Russia because I too have 4 jobs here minus the one I left in the states (nope I don’t work for the C.I.A.). This means I have 5 titles and no girlfriend, hard to do very well while trying to disassemble a bomb. Why you ask, because the Mafia (by the way they all look like bears) wants a piece of my action here. So I’ve learned to move quickly and that means no need to diet cause there’s no time to eat. I stopped by to see if James Bond would visit “Life in Russia” to help spice up the act if you catch my drift. And to complete any real good Russian story there needs to be a “James Bond”. Signed LeChiffre

    Reply

  58. 30YearOldKnowItAll Says:

    Hey- I just nominated you for a “very inspirational blogger” award, congrats! Check out the link on my blog: http://30yearoldknowitall.com/2014/01/04/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Reply

  59. mollytopia Says:

    Bahahaha – thanks for making me laugh out loud – hooray! Annnnnd follow.

    Reply

  60. Don Royster Says:

    You mean there is no morality and honor in stand-up comedy? Sounds like the career for me.

    Reply

  61. FlatBrokeCoed Says:

    Your About Page is, frankly, the most magical piece of awesome that’s ever lit up my laptop screen.

    Reply

    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Well thanks. I had to look at it again and saw a couple typos, so now I’m going to have to track down everyone who’s ever read it and demand they look again.

      And thanks for coming by.

      Reply

  62. shootscomedy Says:

    I deal with drunk people on a regular basis to! (but that’s actually the time I spend with my family :/)

    Reply

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