It's amazing how many words a person can write about a world fabricated in their own mind but becomes short winded when it comes to simply introducing themselves. This is one of those instances for me. I write frequently and with a passion that no other activity seems to equal. Introducing myself to a forum, however, renders my ability void somehow. I'll do the best I can by starting with a simple greeting and telling everyone why I've come to StephenKing.com.
My memory only goes back so far, as is the case for most people I'm sure, but for the full length of that memory I can remember wanting to be an author. For a time, that ambition was simply the aspiration to publish a book regardless of the content. Over the years, it finally evolved into the burning desire to create a work of fiction for people to get lost in like so many we've all fallen in love with. I never truly struggled with simply writing or grasping most of the rules of grammar. It took far longer than I'm proud of to discover the real rhythm involved with creative writing. By no stretch will I ever believe myself to be an incredible writer on the same levels as Charles Dickens or John Steinback, but I hope to at least fall in the ranks of those Stephen King calls good writers (which would make me at the very least, a competent writer, as he says).
With seven and a half years as a military police officer coming to a close, I made a vow to myself that I would pursue that which made me happiest. It sounds like a bunch of cliche bull****, but rest assured it's the truth. To make short story out of a novel, I bought Stephen King's book On Writing in order to get a little more insight into the craft and in hopes of improving my own skills. It has been a very insightful read so far and I recommend it to anyone that writes or would simply like a look into the life of the author. Nearing the end there was a section where Stephen asked the reader to take a situation and turn it into a short piece.
So this is where the wormhole has come out. I sit before the computer introducing myself to everyone while waiting to see if I submitted my 'unearthed fossil' to the right place. God knows Stephen King will never read it but perhaps I'll end up with some good feedback on my attempt. It's posted in the General Discussions forum on the main list of forums for anyone that is curious, titled Dick and Jane Fossil - On Writing.
Anyway, I hope to meet plenty of good people and even learn some things here.
Welcome to the Board! I've sent you a PM but our system has been acting up lately so even though you should be able to read a PM from a moderator, you may need 5 posts before doing so. The gist of the PM just in case you can't read it yet, was that I won't be posting your writing exercise because we're no longer accepting those (FAQ). I do hope you stick around, though, as it sounds like you'd be a great addition to the SKMB community.
Welcome aboard William. After you have had a certain number of posts you can join, or even start an off the main board group to share writing exercises in. Good to meet you, and keep posting!
On Writing is one of my favorite books too.
You were right in that the PM is acting up, Ms. Mod. I'm disappointed to hear that you're not longer accepting those submissions, but it's no big deal. I still plan to be around often enough and I appreciate the welcome!
Also, thank you Patricia! Perhaps soon enough when I get enough posts I'll find some groups or start my own to write in. Practice is always nice, no matter how long I've been writing.
Falmouth of the Mighty BlueGrass State and Commonwealth of Kentucky
Re: Small Town Vet
Hey thanks for your service and a most welcome!...now go pick a thread that perks up your funny bones and tell us a swell anecdotal type story...ya know some of my best anecdotal antics end with me goin' ~splat~, they love those by the way...yeah could just be me.
Consider it like stretching exercise is what I'm sayin' ;- )
Welcome to the board! While I am sad to say that I thought it was going to animal stories, I know you have some really good MP stories! My step-dad was an MP a million years ago and I've heard some things!
And this was definitely the place to come to meet good people!
Welcome. I've finally gotten around to getting some writing done lately, and the community here has been great with that, giving feedback and encouragement in the writing group I'm in. Get your post count up a bit, and I think you'll find a good place to share your stories and get some ideas. And share some of your own feedback as well.
Thanks Pat! I didn't realize I'd meet a fellow Bluegrass original on my first post. It's good to see there are more of us out there. XD So am I to assume there are threads I'm allowed to post writing on already? I've just been going through all the threads that aren't cold and seeing if there's anything I could offer (implying my input makes a big difference on some of them, haha).
Thank you as well Shasta! There are definitely plenty of stories in my kit bag with the time spent. Two combat deployments and nearly eight years is enough to have all the stories necessary to cover comedy and tragedy both ; I appreciate the welcome though and look forward to offering all I can to what looks to be an already pleasant retreat.