Who am I?
I’m 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.