Writing The Northwind
I am awful at talking (or writing) about myself. I always have been. This blog has been here for the better part of two years completely absent any meaningful author information, profile or biography. Clearly this page changes that, but it has been a challenging contribution to 'pen'. While I do not offer this passage as an apology, or an excuse, it is perhaps a more insightful glimpse into me as a writer than the information that follows.
The blog serves as my primary outlet for creative writing; something I've always dabbled in but never really made much of. As far back as I can remember I was praised in school for my writing. I love words and how their subtle interactions can convey more meaning than the mechanical syntax and lexicography would suggest alone. I also love fiction and have been an avid Science Fiction and Fantasy reader all my life, growing up on the classic works of Tolkien and Arthur C. Clarke.
It ought to be no great leap then to understand that this blog is not the desired goal of my writing. I'd like, someday, to introduce myself as a novelist and author of right and proper published fiction. The blog though is a useful and enjoyable, easily managed and low-pressure medium for practicing what I love to do: writing.
I am, of course, working towards making The Northwind as popular and widely read as possible. The more people that read it, it follows, the better and more enjoyable posts I am writing. This said, I'm still only going to write when, how and what appeals to me. I can't promise you consistency or clockwork regularity. I can't even promise to be interesting. I can only offer words that I feel are honest and have some meaning. You'll not suffer the indulgence of tricks and cheap tactics to reel in the blog-going-netizens. I'd like to think that this alone will help ensure that the content is worthy of at least your passing attention.