Hello everyone! I just discovered your community and would like very much to become a participant. Iíll introduce myself and include some biographical information:
My name is David and I just moved from California to Kansas with the goal of making writing my full-time profession. I do have a day (actually night) job as an emergency telephone operator, but itís for a very small community so I spend most of the night filling my notebook up.
I spent five years as an Arabic Linguist in the Army, joining before 9/11 and serving some during the tumultuous time that followed. I mention this because my experience as a veteran informs my writing, and the foreign language training I received while in the service ultimately led to my completing a degree in Comparative World Literature at Long Beach State.
I have a strong interest in literary translation, having completed my first work in translation last year. Iím currently working in Arabic & Spanish, with working on adding Hebrew to the mix over the next several years.
My own fiction tends towards fantasy & science fiction, Iíve got two novels on the back burner while I work on my short fiction this year. I still dabble with them, but I have this nagging sense that Iím missing somethingóand Iím hoping that participating in this community will help me get where I need to go.
Some authors that rock my world: Orson Scott Card (it had to be said), Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan, Franz Kafka, Naghib Mahfouz, Timothy Zahn, Kevin Anderson, Haruki Murakami, Janet Evanovich, Jane Austen, Whitman and Rumi. I tried to list only authors that Iím always willing to read, and often read their works more than once.
Iíll stop there for now. I look forward to getting to know everyone through our interactions within the workshop.
My journey to Hatrack River? I donít remember how I found out about it, but Iíve been a subscriber to the InterGalactic Medicine Show since its first issue. Iíve read two of OSCís books on writing, enjoy his blogs on ďeverythingĒ, and have read all of his writing lessons. Ultimately I became curious about the literary boot camp and my search in that direction led me to your community. Part of me wishes Iíd found it sooner, but the truth is Iíve only been serious about my writing for the last few months.
As for the cross country move, the real answer is: I donít know. I think ďwanderlustĒ played a great part in it, Iíve lived in quite a few states since turning 18 and I enjoy learning new places and establishing new routines. I can say that writing is what is keeping me here. I was less than happy with my living situation when I first got here and the temptation was to move back. Ultimately my decision to stay, and get my own place without the psychotic roommate, was fueled by having the kind of job that letís you write at work. I couldnít give it up, even if it means freezing during the winters.
[This message has been edited by lbdavid98 (edited September 10, 2009).]
Thought I'd drop back into the magical treehouse during my local travels. I've been on vacation this week, and it will continue until I return to work on 9/22/09. So far I've hiked with my new dog Sal, gone to visit with friends at a local horse show, went target shooting with my husband (I like his 22 rifle) that I haven't down in 4 or 5 years, went to one of the largest flea markets around at Shipshewana, IN, and had a great day at the Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo today. Whew! We're heading for Turkey Run State Park tomorrow that's supposed to have some awesome rock formations. I'm hoping to get some trail riding in on my good Foundation Appaloosa mare sometime this weekend.
SO! Have you found your way around okay? Hope you've enjoyed the space station through that door over there and the undersea observatory through the door on the other side of this room. The kitchen's in the back with our famous magic fridge and the deck just outside from there. Enjoy the hot tub on the deck and that incredible sunset we're having this evening. You just can't beat all the great things that happen around here. There's something for everyone.