My first Blog! Ever!
So why read what I write? Because I lie, and what is fiction but a pleasant lie? I am an accomplished liar, which for you is a good thing. Mark Twain was a self acknowledged liar. Even his name was a lie. Am I Mark Twain? No, don’t be so literal in your reading. Is my name real? Why yes it is, unless I’m lying. But I’m not, maybe. And that’s the thing, reality is what you make of it.
The worlds I create are no less valid than the one I live in. I teach, so every day my little darlings come into class fresh faced and ready to learn, except of course this is the real world and I teach at a county alternative school. It is a state of the art facility, the parents are be deeply vested in their children’s education, and all of my students are be dedicated to learning. Or not. It may be a run down ex-adult school with hand me down computers. Only a few of my parents might have any involvement with the school if it doesn’t also involve food, and while my students tend to be bright, they may also tend to be easily distracted. So which is real? The one you believe in. You aren’t there and you have limited interest in the place You have to rely on me to be your guide, and guide you I will.
I write speculative fiction, a term which I’ve seen before, but only bothered to look up today. It’s a catch all for stories set in alternative worlds, time lines, science fiction and fantasy. For example, in Alice, the work I’m currently writing, Nixon was a beloved president, known for his honesty and his stand against corruption, assassinated in 1963. Whatever you feelings about the former president, I believe I am safe in saying he wasn’t killed in 1963. Alice takes place in an alternate time line. It is similar to ours, but enough different that a visitor there would become very confused, very quickly. Now aren’t you glad you have me as a guide?
So what can you expect from my blog, other than my admitted lies? As this is a blog, so basically has few rules, I can promise this. I will share with you the thoughts behind my writing. Who or what inspires me, who I read, and how I make that into a story you might want to read.
Time for Truth or Dare!
Truth: I would write even if no one read it. I don’t have any choice. It has to come out, be it fiction or truth.
Dare: This would be the part where you play the game. Send me a reasonable, literate dare and I’ll see what I can do.