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Joe Leonard

“As part of working on my sci fi novel for NaNoWriMo, I conceived of a parallel universe where artists and musicians are the most revered people, like royalty, and the consequence of this emphasis on art is great advancement in intelligence and subsequently science/technology (per Einstien's famous quote: "“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”)”


Middleton, WI United States of America

Professional title:

Manager, owner, and songwriter at Cactus Joe Productions LLC (music performance and production). Songwriter, bass guitarist, and lead vocalist in GUPPY EFFECT (original rock-n-roll band). Rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist in EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE (original punk rock band). Acoustic guitarist and vocalist in CACTUS JOE (solo singer/songwriter, covers and originals). Blogger at Joe's Coffee Fix, 2 Minute Reader, and CJ Scientific Communication (mainly). Aspiring travel writer (unpublished, except via Joe's Coffee Fix blog). Aspiring author of flash fiction and a novel (unpublished, except via Joe's Coffee Fix blog). Partner driver at Uber (rideshare). Information Services Policy Analyst (Technical Writer) at UW Health (hospital).

What do you do?

I improve peoples' lives and happiness via my writing, songs, and musical performances. (Wishful thinking, but that's my mission!)


I love to write and create stories and songs, manufacturing artistic creations from my imagination that last forever. I hope they are useful or enjoyable to like minded people (punk rock atheists). I want to advance more free thought, intelligence, atheism, and art.

What should we read?

This is a tough one, but I have always returned time and again to "The Short and Sweet Guide to Being Fucking Awesome" by Julien Smith (