I love to write. It didn’t use to be this way for me. In high school I despised writing. The rules were complicated, the ideas behind them were ill explained, and I never had any teachers who were able to captivate me into writing. Additionally, creativity was stifled in me by a terror imposed by my father. Just making the grade was the focus, not how creatively I could, to avoid vocal and physical retribution for letting him down.
This was true for a long time. It wasn't until I was given free range to write as I saw fit for a single assignment as a junior in high school! I wrote a play by play of a fly on the wall perspective concerning the events in one of the Star Wars films. I've since lost that work. But I remember that being the piece to begin stirring my desire to truly write.
It was a breakthrough for me. The teacher gave me a poor grade on it. I thought it was wonderful because I finally figured out how to get the thoughts in my head flowing properly to my finger tips; but the teacher didn’t recognize that. The F I was awarded temporarily killed my confidence. But I knew what I wrote was good for me.
I hated the fact that I got that grade. My father was strict on grades and the only encouragement I remember receiving was: Do better because I told you to!
Finally, 15 years later I’ve written more than 500 essays, 4 books-two of which are still published and available through this website, and a great many pieces of poetry and emotionally charged works. Financial success was never my goal. It was understanding how to express myself. I am however a very wealthy individual concerning the content of my character and outlook on life. I figured out what none I encountered could teach me.
I’m secure and confident in who I am and that’s important. For most of my childhood I was afraid of everything. I remained that way until my mid-twenties. Then I began to change. I rediscovered writing through the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. I realized that writing, while important to maintain most rules, doesn’t require the vast bulk of rules that teachers enforce in the classroom.
So here I am today. I hope you enjoy the works I create and share here. If you so feel inclined please show your appreciation by donating. Thank you for visiting!