…or at least aspire to be in the near future. Another of my catchphrases is “Everybody has a story to tell.” These are some of the people I know who are in the process of becoming the Authors they always dreamed they’d be.
Terry dropped a bomb on me a few years ago, shortly after he retired. He told me he has always liked Sci-Fi and Fantasy as reading genres, and that he was in the midst of writing a novel entitled, The Seeds of Mankind. After the initial shock of “who is this person I’ve known for fifteen years, yet never knew this part of who he is” wore off, I asked him about the novel. He painted the premise in broad strokes and it got me curious. He then handed me his Prologue material, that explained it in greater detail, and it got me hooked. I asked him if he was really going to write all 1,023 possible iterations of the premise, and he confessed he probably couldn’t; not enough time in a lifetime, he said. I asked if I could take a stab at bringing one of the universes to life, with attribution back to him. He agreed. We’ve been trading drafts of chapters ever since, building the respective worlds and cultures, doing Q&A sessions on each others stories, editing SPAG and critiquing the content, and having a wonderful time helping each other out with the progress of each tale.
Angela M. Weeks
My wife. My friend. My advocate. My inspiration. It was actually my wife who got me off my ‘but’ to start back into writing in earnest. I’d played at it for most of my life, but her personal example caused us to develop a spirit of friendly competition. She joined a friend of hers for NaNoWriMo in 2011 and completed a manuscript; subsequently, the next year, she published it through CreateSpace, and it’s still available. The book is titled The System, and it chronicles the lives of two unlikely star-crossed teens who grew up in the Foster Care System. She’s worked on two sequels, though she hasn’t been satisfied with the results of either attempt. She may yet get the right follow-up story finished and out there for you to read.
K. A. Speer
One day, in a typically normal conversation with Keith, the topic of books and writing got interjected. That’s when he revealed he’s a writer. I was glad it came up, because it was closing in on November, almost time for National Novel Writing Month, so I tried to draft him to participate. Life was overwhelming Keith’s efforts to budget such a huge block of time, but we stayed in touch on the subject. The next January, when I published my first book, I shared with him how exhilarating the process was, and I saw the glimmer in his eyes catch fire. He wanted summa-dat! Keith still wants to regale all of You with his storytelling and make you laugh, make you cry, move you to consider new and spectacular ideas. This young man is full of them, and the vitality to bring them into the world. I’m certain he’ll generate a MMOSCIFI (Massively Multithreaded Original Sci-Fi) story that’ll be epic and far-reaching, with lots of sequels and branching content. Watch this space (or his website) to keep tabs on his progress as a new talent Author.
Denise has been a long-time fan of the British TV series UFO. She was especially taken with the main character, Commander Edward Straker, and his complex relationships with the team members of SHADO, as well as quite a few crossover encounters. Her works reside on FanFiction.net (under the UFO category) and on her personal website hosted by Weebly. Run a search for her Name + UFO and you’ll see a plethora of material. Locally, she and her adult daughter (and her daughter’s husband) have all been proponents for learning life-skill crafts. They partnered with other artists in our town to start The Artisans University. Their objective was to make available the experience and expertise of people who have learned a craft, who would then share their knowledge and finesse. Courses range from gymnastics and tumbling, to piano and guitar, to weaving and pottery, to painting and writing. Our community is better for her efforts.
I’ve told you before that I act as a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo. It’s in that milieu where I met Shane. He also signed up as an ML, and with both of us double-teaming the area, we’ve seen some aspiring writers truly blossom. Shane always brings a light-hearted verve to the Write-Ins, and his wealth of knowledge allows him to expound on any number of esoteric topics. Not only is he good with his brain, he’s also mechanically inclined, having restored several vehicles in his early adulthood. Most notably, he performed the rescue of a British 1959 Morris Minor, which he still drives today. He affectionately refers to it as “Mog.” If you want to listen to some of his musings, or see some of his doodles, you can find his online persona at Shane’s Doodles & Scribbles.