Recently I’ve picked up a few more subscribers. Which is super awesome. I’ve only be updating my blog seriously in this year. And then only for a few months.
So I thought it would be nice to reintroduce myself and reiterate what I’m doing and my goals. Just so we all can get to know each other a bit better. How does that sound?
My background is in animation (my day job) and acting (primarily stage). I have mentioned before that my primary passion in life is entertaining people. I draw great satisfaction from making people laugh, cry, or get angry. In other words I want to move people. Make them feel emotion and guide them through a story.
My love for acting was what really got the fire started. Having a room full of people watching you perform and leading them through a range of emotions is exciting. In college I moved my innate ability to draw over to animation. As animation is just another medium of story telling, it was a nice fit. There I was telling a tale through movement.
But it wasn’t until last year that it struck me as to the common theme among them all. The bit that had me fired up. You may have caught the word I’ve been using a lot. Story. It was the story telling aspect that I loved. With my friends I love retelling something that happened to me, or a joke from a comedian I’ve heard, or even a great TV show I had seen.
With my close friends, it has become an inside joke that after I’ve retold a scene from a movie I’d watched, then the original won’t be as good. They feel that it won’t live up to the way I had told it. Maybe it is a bias on their part. Who knows for certain.
All of that has lead me up to this point. Last year I found a local writing group and started meeting with them regularly. I wrote some short stories to feel my way around writing prose. Submitted them to my group to judge my ability and got some good feedback.
After a few months I had a couple of short stories I was proud of. That’s when I decided to see what self-publishing was all about. So I released two short stories. “Hiroko’s Tale” and “Slip Drive.” I did this to see what it would take to be a self-published author and learn the intricacies of Amazon before jumping in with a full novel.
I won’t get into my thoughts here. But you can read some of my past posts that chronicle that adventure and my inevitable change of voice on the issue.
Then, starting the day after Christmas 2011, I started my first novel in earnest.
It’s a YA SciFi-Horror novel. I’ve been telling people it is something like Harry Potter meets H.P. Lovecraft.
The premise is simple. What if magic did exist (Harry Potter), but it wasn’t a good thing (Lovecraft). Where everything that is paranormal will twist your mind and make you go insane. That you are powerless to stop the monsters that lurk in the shadows.
There is a fine balance with that aspect that I’m still playing with. As this is a series I’m planning, I can’t kill off my main character in the first book. But it has created a fun challenge. If you can’t use magic and are up against what feel like insurmountable odds, how do you win?
I love characters that have the odds stacked against them. Watching them prevail is always a blast. So I hope to accomplish that in my own work.
Well, that’s a bit of an introduction to me and what I’m currently doing. Thank you to my new subscribers and I look forward to the day that I will be officially announcing my first novel.