Late 1970s

Billy comes out of the cocoon and goes into the world. He made his way through high school, doing well in topics related to writing (journalism, creative writing, English) but not applying himself to his full potential in other areas. He graduated, and for lack of other options, joined the United States military. He excelled in the disciplined aspects of training, but after assignment to his permanent duty station did not fare as well. He separated from the military in the late 70's. He never stopped writing.