The Darker Side of Things

Ever since I was a boy, I’ve loved books.  I remember, when I was either eleven or twelve, the first “real” book I ever read.  It was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.  Before that, the only thing I read were these small children’s books (barely ten pages long) called The Magic Treehouse series.  I read them, not for their quality, but because they were short and easy to get through.

You see, my parents wanted me to read and told me that I had to read every day, so I picked the shortest books possible because, at the time, reading didn’t hold the number one spot on my to-do list.  That spot was occupied by Transformers and Imaginext.  Only when I finally got my hands on a Stephen King book did my love of reading really take off.

A few years later and I had read most of Stephen King’s books.  I had moved on to other authors like Orson Scott Card and Terry Brooks when I finally started writing my own works.  At the time, the only part of writing novels I was good at was the writing part.  Many of my attempts at writing were never finished.  In truth, they never really got past chapter three.

So, I stopped writing for a while and concentrated on other things.  One day, though, my drive was renewed when my parents brought home a curriculum called The One Year Adventure Novel.  With the help of this amazing curriculum and the persistent support of my friends and family, I finally finished my first novel.

Granted, the thing was sloppy and poorly done, but it was finished and it was mine and I was proud.  Of course, soon after my victory dance the computer crashed and my novel(ish) was lost forever.  Since then, I have been working on another novel and many short stories.  With a short story finally complete, I researched for a way to get it out into the world as soon as possible.

That is when I found blogging.  It took some figuring out and fiddling, but I finally got my blog ready for posting.  Thus, this drawn out life story of my writing ambitions was born.  Feel free to bask in its glory.

Now, onto the subject of this blog.  Truly, I have no idea.  At first, I thought I was going to talk about current events in the writing world, but then I thought I’d delve into subjects of writing most people don’t talk about like the importance of explicit descriptions or maybe why sentence structure is one of the most important and fun aspects of writing.

One thing I do know is that I am still learning and will continue to learn for as long as I am alive.  Right now, I am still mastering the more obscure rules of grammar (especially comma use), but this will not deter me.    So, I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.

I’m not sure how this works now, but please, don’t hesitate to comment.  Whether it’s to welcome or shun, I don’t care.  So long as I know someone on this planet (or any other planet) is reading.

You may be asking why I chose the name of this post.

It’s because, yes!

If anybody is curious, I’ve left a link for the One Year Adventure Novel’s official website for your viewing enjoyment.

One Year Adventure Novel

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