If you’ve just tuned in, thanks. I’m going to take a moment and interrupt the usual postings to clarify a few things, mainly, why I write the way I do and what I do. I will try not to over bore you with my life’s details, however, I feel it necessary to explain how all this began.
I’ve been writing off and on, (mostly off) since I can remember… Okay, you got me, since I was in 6th grade.
I’m not sure, must be a glutton for punishment I guess. No better way to beat yourself up then setting down over the course of a year or so, crank out about 1500 words a day, only to have them thrown back in your face after sending them out into the world.
As for me personally, I served most of my high school time in Central High School in St. Joseph Missouri. Had a lot of great friends, remained pretty much a geek my entire career there, but other than that, and an urge to play anything Avalon Hill games put out… (can anyone else remember Iron Men and Wooden Ships???) You could say I kept pretty much to myself and my imagination… until a certain Mr. Reynolds came along in the middle of my sophomore year. Here was a teacher introducing this little class he was calling Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Experience wise, I’d heard a lot about this Dungeon and Dragons stuff, and actually got to meet Mr. Gary Gygax as he was making the rounds to all the Hobby Heavens and introducing his little game of D&D, so that was something… also, I was a die hard fan of a couple of science fiction TV shows. (One of those shows had a great deal of impact… Star Trek, the other one came along later, Space 1999.) So you could say to some extent, I was curious to see what this Reynolds guy had to offer… so I took a chance and signed up for a tour!
First month in, and I figured I must have done something right for once. To some extent this class was exactly what I had been waiting for… a chance to see beyond the confines of my self inflicted ‘box’. This class also changed my life… how?
I got to meet, face to face, some guy named Frank Herbert!