My name is Mark.
I am mostly tired and punchy. But in between long weeks at work and several battles with bad habits, I try to get some writing in.
Several years ago when I was a sixth grade teacher I decided to start writing juvenile literature. That dream ended when I ran screaming in terror from the profession and faced the prospect of building a brand new career. I participated in Community Theater while scrubbing away the pedagogical dust, and I slipped on a bar of creativity that landed my bum in the technical seat of computer networking in a company inhabited by several of my new theater friends.
During my career building I looked back longingly at the abortive writing career, and those old ideas began developing to a more sophisticated level. (Or so is my delusion.) About three years ago I slowed the Computer Networking insanity to a reasonable coast, and resolved to get serious about writing. I have two major projects I have been working on.
One is a large work that arose from the scattered juvenile stuff I had on the scrap heap. It is a fantasy work, and I have spent a large amount of time building a long, cursory (still unfinished) history for it. I am currently working on a spontaneous idea for a story inspired by that history.
I am also working on a script for a play. I am (hopefully) weeks away from finishing the 1st draft.
I have written text for a picture book for probably a first or second grade reading level, and I am currently waiting for my illustrator to do her part. Other projects on the back burners include some comical satire (yes, I actually think Iím funnyÖsometimes), a murder mystery, some philosophical works on faith and reason (dry, dry, dryÖ), a couple ideas for picture books, and a couple script ideas.
I am single, 42, and live in Omaha, NE. Iím the third of a testosterone-heavy family of 11 kids. Presently, my favorite author is Graham Greene, though I have enjoyed several of OSCís works immensely.
My primary goals are to finish the script and a novel-length work. I will worry about contests and publishing after I actually have something finished and find out if Iím even any good.