Hello, bonjour, 你好, and welcome.
My name is Mike, and I am a writer. (“Hi, Mike!”)
To a certain extent, that’s what this website is about; writing and, of course, me. I’ve always wanted to make my living by writing novels, and this website is a fairly significant step towards that goal. I will be using this space in part to document my journey from amateur word wrangler to professional crafter of tales — to tell the story of how I became a professional novelist as that story happens. That is part of what I hope to do here, but it’s a small part.
When I call myself a writer, it’s a bit like a carpenter calling herself “someone who uses a hammer”. It’s true, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. I write but, like the carpenter with her hammer, writing is just a tool for me. It’s an incredibly powerful tool, and the one I am most comfortable wielding, but at the end of the day it’s just a tool. Writing is a means to an end, and that end is the telling of a story. And that’s most of what I plan to do here – tell stories.
As I said, I’ll be telling the story of me becoming a novelist. Hopefully that will be a true story. I will also be telling a whole bunch of made-up stories. Most of the stories I make up would be considered science fiction, or fantasy. I occasionally detour into the darker neighbourhoods of those genres, sometimes right to the edge of horror, although I don’t usually spend a lot of time there.
Up at the top there you’ll notice I’ve set up a few sections. There’s the ubiquitous “About” section, which may or may not be enlightening, and the “Stuff You Can Buy” section is where you can find links to where my work is for sale. This site is for readers and lovers of stories, but few people read as much as your average writer. I have a number of skills that might be of use to other writers, and those have been listed in the “Services For Writers” section. If you are a writer you might want to take a look.
Most of the interesting stuff here is likely to be found in the blog. That’s where I will be putting the stories I write. I will also be talking about stories I encounter “in the wild” on TV and in books and movies mostly. I may invite some other writers to tell a story or two here as well from time to time. Also, because not everyone who likes stories likes to (or has time to) read, much of the fiction I post here will also be available as audio for you to listen to. Like I said, I’m more about the story than the writing — I’ll tell you a story in whatever way works for you. As long as you are entertained, I’ve done my job.
So, have a look around and then sit back, relax and let me tell you a story…
PS. My personal blog is located at http://lived-inlife.blogspot.com/. I’ve more or less abandoned it in favour of this site, but there are some amusing anecdotes there so feel free to check it out if you like.