“The idea came from a 19th century English book of the same name,” Kent said. “It’s about an average English gentleman and his average life. I thought there was no reason a 21st century edition couldn’t be equally entertaining.”
The diary chronicles the life of Sparrow, who has a wife, a cat, a dog and a job on an armored truck. He also does some sports officiating and sometimes hangs out with his friend Bonser and his kid Matt, an eight-year-old who enjoys playing Bingo and pull tabs when he’s at the post bar with his dad. The diary begins in October, 2013 and is updated daily and readers can subscribe for a month or a year or even permanently.
Kent said reaction to The Diary of a Nobody has been positive.
“It’s making people laugh,” he said. “Whether it’s an eight-year-old playing working multiple bingo cards or the tow truck that is towing their broken work truck also breaking down twice, it shows everyday life is pretty funny.”
The Diary of a Nobody can be read on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Sparrow, the protagonist of the diary, has his own Twitter account (@DiaryOfSparrow)
Kent is originally from Los Angeles and now makes his home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He is also the author of The Regular Guys, a novel about two comedians who hit it big, and Backstairs at the Monte Carlo: A Vegas Memoir, a diary of his time as a security officer at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He also writes the columns The Daily Dose and The Bottom Ten. He ran for Congress in 2012 but lost in the Libertarian Party primary.
His website is http://www.gaylonkent.com.