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Michael Priebe  - Fiction and Inspirational Writer




Michael Priebe Quick Facts

Education: B.A. in journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison 


Manuscripts: The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays; More Than a Glimpse of Hell: Stories from My Paxil & Xanax Withdrawal; Sick Building Syndrome (A Novella); You & Me VS. Tony Robbins (Short Fiction); Superfan's Broken Script (Short Fiction); I Call You Friend (A Withdrawal Devotional); Lead Me Beside Still Waters (A Withdrawal Devotional); Show Me the Way of Life (A Withdrawal Devotional); The Uncommon Grind (A Workday Devotional); True Professional Development (A Workday Devotional)


Favorite Authors: Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Matthew Quick, Phillip Carlo, Thomas Moore


Favorite Novels: Wonderboys, The Corrections, The Silver Linings Playbook


Favorite Nonfiction: Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels (Thomas Moore), The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer (Philip Carlo), Doctor Dealer (Mark Bowden), The Master Plan: My Journey from a Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose (Chris Wilson); 


Recently Read:  Becoming Richard Pryor (Scott Saul), Love Life (Rob Lowe), John Lennon: The Life (Philip Norman), My Booky Wook (Russell Brand), The Tender Bar (J.R. Moehringer), Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem (Daniel R. Day)

Quick Bio

Michael Priebe is an American fiction and inspirational writer who also dabbles in personal essay and social commentary. In addition to maintaining this blog, Awkward Observations, he is currently working as a health & wellness coach, maintaining a YouTube channel about Prescription Drug Withdrawal  & Healing, putting out a monthly newsletter at his other website (, writing short stories, and pursuing various book projects. When he isn't writing, he enjoys running, camping, cooking, watching movies, and reading. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Claudia. He sincerely hopes you enjoy his writing.

Whimsical Bio

Michael Priebe composes songs in his dreams. He often wakes up wondering what effect the day's humidity will have on current affairs. He often wonders if his life will be worthy of a biography. He often forces himself to try new things just in case that biography is ever written. He wonders why people hate politics and continue to worship politicians. He cuts the fat off of meat but adds salt to most everything. Every third day, he avoids harmful foods, harmful substances, and harmful relationships. Every seventh day he makes a plan for his life, which he revises every other day. He often wonders what his life would look like if translated into numeric form and entered into an Excel spreasheet.  He often wonders how the concerns that fill his mind would look in a pie chart representing the worries of all humanity from the Garden of Eden to the present. He thinks globablly but buys locally (when the price is comparitive). He values his own opinions but gets sick of thinking about them. He tries to balance passion and practicality. He tries to balance the various balances in his life. He wonders if all reality is subjective, including our definitions of objective reality. He used to play a lot of basketball. He is critical of Facebook but would appreciate it if you would like his Facebook page. He wants you to like him in general. He is bilingual. His mind operated solely in Spanish for a number of years. His wife is from Argentina, and they often communicate in a hybrid of Spanish and English recognizable only to themselves. He recognizes that a lot of communication in a marriage is nonverbal. He realizes that most human communicaton falls short of its intent. He would someday like to have his writing adapted for the big screen. He sincerely hopes you enjoy his writing.

Michael Priebe - Fiction and Inpsirational Writer

Coaching Now Available

I now offer Skype and phone coaching sessions for individuals who are  working through the prescription drug taper/withdrawal/healing process. Please message me if you would like more information.

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