One day, several years ago, I found myself bored. It was Easter. School was out, and none of my usual hobbies (that is, video games and music) seemed to be doing the trick. With nothing better to do, I suddenly decided to try writing a story. And by “story”, I mean “a whole novel” I had never written before, and had read only a little. Needless to say, the project failed.
After a couple more aborted projects, not to mention several aborted attempts at banishing this whole “writing” thing from my system, I realised I was going to have to get serious. I started reading a lot. I started researching how other writers go about planning and writing their stories. I started trying to plan out my own stories, as opposed to “pantsing” them like I had done before. And then, on the 1st of July 2013, I started to write what I hope will become my first completed novel. Alien parasites play a big role in it, as they do in many of the things I come up with; this, incidentally, is why I’ve decided to go by “The Parasite Guy” online.
I’m now embarking on a PhD in astrophysics and am doing my best to fit my writing in around it. Many of my posts will deal with how I go about this, and I be keen to hear the thoughts of others in this regard. Part of being a writer is being a reader, so book reviews are also something you can expect to see on a semi-regular basis. I’ll also occasionally post things on academia, opinions on science fiction and fiction in general, opinions on the book and ebook market, and so on.
So, feel free to kick back, browse around, and enjoy! For comments and questions, either post ’em here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org