Author has written 3 stories for General, and Action.
As a naturally creative individual I have always sought the means to express my ideas. Early in my life I was blessed to have the guidance of a master craftsman, who was willing to share some of his time and expertise to help me grasp the fundamentals of wood-carving. During my formative years I understood that even God-given talents needed training and encouragement, although I balked at the necessity of accepting criticism and found that discipline was as difficult to master as the theory that informed and provided the scope and framework for my education. It soon became clear that my fundamental creative impulse was musical, and while my friends bargained with their parents to assume extra chores in exchange for the privilege of owning a pet, I pleaded for private instruction in clarinet, and then oboe and piano. Again I was fortunate to find first-rate instructors who not only taught and inspired me, but who also reinforced the lesson that hard work and persistence were the essential elements for success. Meanwhile in the classroom, my regular school teachers insisted that my real talent was writing, and that my time would be better spent developing skills in prose and poetry; for these skills were not only self-gratifying, but they offered a pathway to a rewarding career as well. I chose to pursue music, and accordingly I spent many long and sometimes lonely hours in practice halls and recital halls; and I also found fulfillment and great reward performing with bands and orchestras, both as an ensemble player and as a soloist. Nevertheless I did write; and in high school I submitted articles to the school newspaper and poetry to the literary magazine; and before long I became the editor of both publications. In fact I was (to date) the youngest student ever to hold the positions. But for me writing could only be secondary to music. Indeed as I matured, other forms of self-expression such as photography and design became more interesting and time-consuming.
It wasn't until I became physically disabled, when I was forced to reevaluate my priorities, to re-assess how to channel my energies while remaining productive, that I realized that writing offered an extra-musical outlet for my creativity. Music itself became less a matter of practice and performance, and more a matter of composition. My new situation provided the inspiration for a short story about disability, and notions from that story became the basis for a full-length work of speculative fiction. With the praise of friends and relatives still ringing in my ears, I began work on a novel that would take almost four years to complete. Since then I have written a number of poems, articles and short stories, and now I am here, hoping to connect with at least one reader among the masses who avidly pursue the fertile field of fan-fiction and self-published prose.
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