Unedited Excerpt – Growing Into My Skin


Growing Into My Skin - Excerpt

Unedited excerpt from the rough draft of: GROWING INTO MY SKIN, a memoir of a gay man.

“Who is Dale Thele?” the interviewer asked.

“I suppose I’m a person who’s passionate about my beliefs.”

“What do you believe?”

“I believe in humanity, equality and I believe in myself.”

“How would you summarize yourself?”

“Passion driven. I’ve made enemies because of who I am. I’ve made enemies because of my passionate beliefs. But I’ve gained even more friends and allies for the same reasons.

“I’ve held men in my arms as they drew their last breath. I’ve been covered in the blood of fallen brother’s from hate bashings.

“I’ve compromised principles to keep jobs. I’ve been silent when I should have shouted. I’ve sacrificed integrity far too often, all because I didn’t fit into society’s “norm.”

“In hindsight, I suppose I could have made better choices, but every decision was based on my passionate beliefs and belief in myself. My only regret in this life is that I have not done enough for others. More than once I had retreated, isolated myself from a world gone mad, buried my head in the sand. There comes a point when a man can take no more hatred, bigotry, anger, blood and death before he screams, enough is enough, I’m only one person.

“Yet, the day I came face-to-face with my life-long nemesis: HIV and AIDS, an inner strength was awakened and burning passion was reignited. The fight for life was on. I had a secret weapon, an arsenal that few possess: a life of pain, loss and discrimination which had prepared me for the fight of my life.”

* Prototype Cover Photo by Dan Winters Photography

Waterman Carene . . .


Waterman Carene

Waterman “Carene” fountain pen is an elegant and classy pen making me feel as if I’m composing an epic tome. The Carene is a deep black luminescent lacquer finish barrel with electroplated palladium trim with a shape inspired by the streamlined symmetry of the world’s finest yachts. The french translation of “carène” is “hull”. This quality fountain pen features a highly lacquered barrel and extremely smooth in-laid rhodium-plated 18k solid gold extra fine nib. Heavy weight (brass base), yet ergonomically balanced for writing comfort. The pen can be fitted with a Waterman cartridge or a Waterman converter for use with bottled ink. The timeless designed Waterman “Carene” fountain pen is made in France.

Note: I’m currently hand-writing the first draft of growing into my skin with my Carene, filled with Waterman Mysterious Blue bottled fountain pen ink on 8.5 x 11.75 canary yellow legal pads.

growing into my skin . . .


growing into my skin growing into my skin
takes front and center as the current work in progress by Dale Thele

a gay man’s journey in search of his safe place

A literary memoir in progress of the author’s own lifetime of struggles through hate, bigotry, and prejudice, a gay man searches for purpose and meaning of life. Through social challenges, he discovers in the most unexpected circumstances who he is and along the journey, he finds his safe place.

The writing of this manuscript will take precedence over all other writing projects until the manuscript is completed. Watch for excerpts and updates to be posted on this blog. 

Prototype Book Cover Photo by Dan Winters Photography