The Kid Who Wouldn’t Shut Up
Ever since I was a young child I have had a boundless imagination and an unstoppable impulse to share whatever stories pop into my head with whoever will listen. At the tender age of 34 I realized the internet is a thing and maybe I should start a blog instead of continuing to harass my friends and family with whatever flights of fancy flutter across my prefrontal cortex this week.
I’m not a trained writer (who is?), nor do I have an educational background in fiction writing. I’m not a professor, or a journalist, I’m not credentialed in any way, nor do I have experience writing as a job. I am instead an incredibly arrogant engineer who looked at something that doesn’t require math and thought: “Well if those liberal arts dumbies can do it, so can I!”
So here we are! Some guy who has read too many comic books, played too many video games, and watched too many movies sharing the perpetual motion machine that is his imagination with the world.
Where I get my Ideas
Most of my older family, on both sides, are huge Tolkein fans. My maternal Grandfather once translated the runes on the cover of The Hobbit. That same Grandfather also gave me a VHS set of the original Star Wars Trilogy for Christmas in 1991. Meanwhile my Father and his four siblings are big Trekkies.
I spent grade school reading comics like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Deadpool, and the Hulk on Saturdays, and watching DBZ on Sunday morning. Then in middle school a friend of mine recommended a movie called Akira. Needless to say my brain exploded.
By the age of 16 I had read The Hobbit, and all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then I moved on to Dune, which is my favorite Sci-Fi Novel. From there I graduated to Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 (which I read in the year 2001), and Childhood’s End. Then I read Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain and Eaters of the Dead.
At the same time my comic book tastes changed and the old superheroes found themselves replaced by more independent works like Preacher, Hell Boy, 100 Bullets, Sandman, the massive 6 volume Akira manga, and Watchmen among others.
As I grew into adulthood I began devouring Vonnegut, Palahnuik, and recently Asimov. I’ve also begun filling in my Sci-Fi gaps with Starship Troopers and The City and the Stars. In terms of recent Sci-Fi I really enjoyed Ready Player One and Old Man’s War.
All in all I’m just a run of the mill Sci-Fi nerd with too many ideas and too little time to write them down. Although I can still speed run Super Metroid in under 3 Hours with no saves and 75% collection percentage.