A broken compass, spinning in circles, with no idea which direction he’s headed – Jameson Theodore, or Bipolar Man as he jokingly calls himself, has hit rock bottom. He hates his job, is only a year removed from a complete mental breakdown – a public one – and has no idea how to find his true place in the world.
And he’s so high maintenance, when his compass was still working, he didn’t know how to read it anyway.
Currently residing just south of downtown Men-Tal Metropolis, located in the northern tip of Kortecks, Jameson has forgotten who he is, or where he came from; he has become disconnected from the universe. His future was filled with promise, a universal inevitability of greatness, but all of the wrong turns he’s taken throughout life have smothered the fire of hope that once burned deep inside him.
Hiding behind a wall of sarcasm, and inside a thick shell of self-deprecation, Jameson is confused, lost, and desperate…with nowhere to turn. One fateful night out with Midlife Crisis Max is about to change everything.
The first installment of the Bipolar Man! Comedic Adventures series sets in motion a chain of events, perhaps preordained, where Jameson learns there’s more to life than meets the eye. Against his better judgement, something pulls him out of his house to watch over his friend Max for the evening, who is in desperate need of help himself, and an invisible connective energy takes hold of the night.
Jameson’s subsequent chance encounter with a guiding light, and his first sidekick – Existential Erica – illuminates his true life’s purpose…to someday save the world, from itself. A teacher, mentor, and blossoming friend…Existential Erica not only begins to align Jameson’s internal compass, toward a permanent transformation into Bipolar Man, but she also stumbles upon her own unique destiny.
They’ll quickly learn that the universe knows more than they do, and every move they make will be scrutinized by the unwavering judgement of a higher power.
The path will be dangerous, sometimes comical, and absolutely adventurous as Bipolar Man begins his journey toward becoming the truest and most unadulterated version of himself – a hero. Join in, buckle up, and follow the action that will twist and turn through a barrage of life lessons, adversarial challenges, humorous encounters, and a wild spectrum of emotions.
The saga has only just begun…
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About the Author
Darren DeSmeaux grew up in a middle-class suburb of Minneapolis with his older brother and sister. In his youth, he led an active life, often times outdoors, playing most any sport he could. Eventually, his passion turned to hockey, where he spent countless hours playing games or practicing on the outdoor Minnesota rinks.
He played high school hockey, then Junior A hockey, and went on to play Division-III hockey after that. He was voted All-American as a defenseman three of his four years in college, then played a year of minor league hockey after graduation. Once his short flirtation with the professional hockey ranks ran its course, he retired and moved back to Minnesota.
Darren's early retirement was short-lived, as he began his business career shortly thereafter as an inside sales representative. After six months of phone sales, he moved into finance, where he has filled various roles for about the past 9 years. He received his Master of Business Administration degree while he worked full-time.
His first role in finance was working for a medical device manufacturing company, and after two years, he took a different role at a large grocery retailer and distributor. Two years later, he was presented with a great opportunity to work for a small, rapidly-growing telecommunications retailer that had just relocated from another state. Darren spent the next five years working directly for the CFO and hand-in-hand with the private equity ownership group.
The company grew from just over 100 retail locations to over 1,200 locations in a span of four years, which included fourteen separate acquisitions and a large merger. The entire company was then sold to another much larger private equity group. Darren DeSmeaux left the company in early 2017 to take a career break and pursue a freelance writing career, although he remained on as a consultant through October 2017 while the company transitioned its headquarters away from Minnesota.
Darren has written two books (only one of which has been published) and is currently working on two more; Bipolar Man – Anxiety Andy and the Investment, which is the second installment of the ongoing comic series, and The Adventures of Baby Doll and Chi-Chi, a children's book based on the real-life adventures of his two daughters.
He is an agreeable, sarcastic, and analytical person who is very easy to get along with and is amongst the most honest and genuine a person there is. He loves sports, especially golfing and hockey, and he enjoys many various activities such as writing, SCUBA diving, being a father, watching movies, and reading about science and outer space.
He has also recently tried to become involved in helping fight against the stigma of mental health ailments. Along with that, Darren has expanded his knowledge of consciousness, reality, existence, Buddhism, meditation, spiritual awakenings, the afterlife, and many more somewhat related topics. He is also beginning to delve into the realm of Quantum Mechanics to try to understand how the building blocks of life interact.
He currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.
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