I've been teaching English Lit for almost ten years now, and I've always had stories of my own to tell. Mostly, I told them at parties and pubs, to anyone who would listen. At some partially conscious level, I told myself that someday -- someday I'd have something important to say, something that could be a great novel.
This January, I faced the realization that without practice at writing, I won't be able to communicate whatever it is this life teaches me. So, now I'm writing.
I'd eventually like to be a published author of fiction - the sort of mass market stuff that inspires young adults with vivid, understandable characters. Someday, I'd like to do "more," by which I don't mean to disparage the hundreds of excellent pop-fiction authors out there.
I am fueled by experiences and dreams, snippets of scenes which aren't stories yet, but could be. Mostly by what I wish I might have done.
I almost tried to divide this up in to "literature" and "fiction," and then decided the division is largely arbitrary.
I enjoy, in no particular order:
George R.R. Martin
Joyce Carol Oates
and dozens of others I don't have time to list now... maybe later.
Hi Christian, thanks for reading and commenting on "Cloudy..."
Howdy Christian. Thanks for your comments. Great to meet you. Now excuse me while I read your work.
Thanks for checking out my story "Invasive Species!"
thank you for your comment on "A Fable of Leaves."
Hi, Christian. Thanks for reading 'I Wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thank you for your kind comments on "Spike"
Love Medicine is one of my favorite novels. A friend gave it to me last summer.
Thank you Christian! Much appreciated.
Enjoyed 'Charlie' so much - looking forward to reading more of your work.
Telling good stories and then deciding which version to write down is part of the fun. Looking forward to reading your work.
Hey Christian, welcome! Nice to see another fellow Milwaukee writer on here. Peace.
Very cool list, Christian. Welcome to Fictionaut.