I find myself in a weird place, Venice Beach, but also in my life…

Through a series of coincidences that start with a dead fish at a festival in Margate nine years prior, I’m living in America and represented by one of the top commercial production houses in the world despite being desperately middleweight at something I possibly do not want to do anymore.

I don’t have the conviction to take the next step in my life, which is finish a writing project that I am thinking night and day about, and I am slowly destroying myself over it.

I…


Did I have a drinking problem? That depends…

If I lived in Ireland, they’d say no. In other places I’ve lived, like California, they’d say yes… I grew up in the winemaking region of South Africa, which I peg about half way between the two.

It’s not about how much you drink but how you feel about it.

Did I have a problem with my drinking? Yes. My friends who all drank the same experienced no internal conflict. My problem was I loved waking up early and I loved being in nature but my drinking meant that I almost never…


Five years ago today, outside a tiny airport in Indonesia, I put down a drink and decided to wait a moment before picking up the next one.

I am still in that moment.

I am going to write about my process in the event it might help anyone stuck in a pattern of drinking or stuck in re-covery. After that, I am removing the annual reminder from my calendar. The more time that passes, the less interested I am in observing the day I hit pause, even though that pause is more of a stop by now. This runs counter…

Dave Meinert

I write and direct stories that remind me why I write and direct stories. www.davemeinert.com

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