TOMORROW’S TOLKIEN TODAY
The Writingwolf aims to inspire through storytelling,
to use his fiction to teach reality…
I’m an aspiring writer studying mathematics, political science, and creative writing at N.C. State University, where I hold numerous leadership positions around campus. My fiction has been published in A Thousand Pictures, the literary magazine of Guilford Technical Community College, as well as the Technician, official student newspaper at N.C. State. My poetry has been performed at poetry readings since 2010 and appeared in the 2013 edition of Windhover, the N.C. State literary journal.
I was a weak reader until I stumbled upon the Harry Potter series, a story so compelling I fell in love with the written word. Always imagining my own adventures in faraway worlds, I wanted to make movies to project the images in my mind onto a screen to be seen by others, but since a ten-year-old couldn’t make movies, and since I loved reading so much, I told myself I’d try writing instead. My first few attempts were dreadful and I gave up the endeavor numerous times (largely in part to my poor penmanship); but when I was thirteen, I began to type my stories, and finally my fingers could keep up with the rushing ideas in my head. However, it wasn’t until I began writing for the Neopian Times in 2004 that I began to take my writing seriously and do it regularly. I began participating in NaNoWriMo in 2006, and I have won the challenge every year since, in addition to serving as a municipal liaison from 2010 to 2012.
THE NEXT CHAPTER
For more than a decade I’ve been building a universe in my mind that aches daily to be unleashed. I refer to it casually as my mythology, and stories listed under the Myth genre are each in some way a part of this ever-growing legendarium. My dream is to write and publish this entire mythology before I die–an impossible feat, indeed, but I’ve got a healthy disregard for the impossible more days than not. Along the way, I want to write and share the other stories that come to me and allow me to expand my skills, reach a greater audience, and inspire others in the same way the written word has always inspired me.
J.R.R. Tolkien is among my greatest influences; after all, he was the first man to create an entire mythology in a single lifetime, and since my dream is to do the same, I feel an inherent kinship with all that he’s written. Other authors that have influenced me throughout the years have been J.K. Rowling, Diane Duane, Lemony Snicket, Tamora Pierce, and my family of writers from the Neopian Times.
My greatest stories have always been inspired by the wondrous natural world around us, and in fact, my mythology was seeded by studying astrology, especially the elements and how they become manifested in the world. My relationships and interactions with others often inspire me to write stories of almost any nature, and a guaranteed inspiration is a prompt from a friend or fan. If you’d like to inspire me with your own prompt, please take a moment and click here.
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for the love of it. Then you do it for a few friends. And finally you do it for money. – Moliere
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