About Me

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Who am I?

I’m is a displaced Englishman, currently living in Alaska. Since moving to Alaska in 2005 I’ve participated in a succession of NaNoWriMo events, honing my writing skills, while working on a number of writing projects with my wife, singer/songwriter Sandi Bateson.

From these projects has sprung an alternative Seattle, populated by mortals, with a vibrant supernatural community. Between us we’re working on writing short stories and novels, based in this wonderful setting, sharing locations, characters, and a common overarching plot. In the process of world building, I found characters and concepts that I liked enough to spark ideas for my own writing.

Initially, I tried to start my own novel, without any real idea where things were heading. As a result of this I’ve completed NaNoWriMo four out of the last five 4 years, but never managed to reach the conclusion of the story I started. Fifty thousand words, in a month is no small feat, and shouldn’t be discarded lightly. Yet every time I’ve walked away with ideas of what worked, and what didn’t work for the story I wanted to tell.

Thankfully, I was able to take some of that material, and turn it into a series of short stories, that helped me discover what the world, and characters were really about. In the process I’ve discovered a lot about myself.

Who do I want to be?

So, who do I want to be? I want to be more like my wife. Someone who has a story to tell, and can reach the end of that story. I want to find those little twists and turns of plot and character that keep me wanting to find where things are going to end.

I’ve seen the publication of three short stories in anthologies, but desperately want to break into the novella, or novel length range, because I have stories that are too big to restrict to the short story format.

More importantly though, I want to see if it’s possible for a husband and wife team to collaborate on what is likely to be an extensive project, and if the public interest is there. I want to work in the world I shared a hand in creating, and produce stories that people want to read. In the process, I hope to help my wife finish the stories she started to tell, because they are all too big to be contained in the pages of the two book drafts she has finished.

So I’m putting on a few new hats: Writer, Editor, Proof-reader, Critic, Researcher, and maybe in time Publisher and Marketting department.

Wish me luck, because this is going to be a long and bumpy ride. But if all goes well, it will prove to be a fruitful one.

11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Sounds like you and your wife need to get something finished and out there, Timothy.
    I think of a story as an arc, like a rainbow. A rainbow doesn’t flatten out at the top and just keep going and going and going along the horizon. So with your story, give it an arc, a curve, and bring it in to land. You can always use the rest of the material to write a double rainbow. 🙂

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    • The good news is that I just released my first short story into the wild. It was sent to Laurel Highlands for consideration in their Halloween anthology. All going well, I’ll be posting about an acceptance 😀
      There are very definite story arcs in our work. My wife’s fantasy series is intended to be 5 books, and we have the overarching plot all worked out, as well as rough outlines for the last 3 books, and substantial work done on the first 2.
      Our joint urban fantasy series has one finished draft, from my wife’s side, and an outlined novel on mine. With plans to work on the third book together.

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  2. To have two writers in the family must be close to heaven.

    A friend, who I know only from online, and I, have collaborated on a story, which she and I write to one another only for our own entertainment. We have absolutely no plans to publish any of it.

    Our story involves a portrait painter and his lover/assistant, who travel the countryside of 18th century Germany, painting royalty.

    My friend will write 15-30 pages and then it will be my turn to do the same. We are never hurried to submit the next chapter to one another, so we write as time allows. We have been doing this for 4 years now and we’ve added hundreds of pages to our never-ending story.

    We have never gone back to re-edit any of our work, as it would be pointless to do so, once it has been read by the other partner,

    This has been a great (and enjoyable) exercise for the both of us, as it has, at the same time, sharpened both our writing skills and our storytelling abilities.

    ~Manfred

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