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Elliot J.

Location:

Falls Church, VA

Member since:

August 20, 2013

Why do you want to join the group? Please tell us something about yourself

I would like to polish my work and find out what other people are writing. I was part of multiple writing workshops in college, and would love to be in that setting again.

What writing experience have you had? (New writers are welcomed and encouraged to attend!)

I'm a writer of fantasy, speculative fiction, and what I like to call "historical fantasy." I've been working on a lot of different projects recently, but am seriously engaging with an Arthurian novel. I've written many short stories, essays, poems, character bios, and manage numerous blogs. Though I've only ever been published in a magazine for my college, I want my work to be syndicated one day through some kind of publisher and actually live the writer's life in full. For now, I'm not quitting my day job.

Are you currently working on any projects?

Yes. As stated above, I am engrossing myself further into the Arthurian world, and trying to write a novel about that time period, and have it be really good, the best it can possibly be. I feel like so many people tackle this time period, and so many people do so with only limited knowledge (though there's so much we don't know about it and will never know). I want to intersperse the knowledge I am gleaning from texts with pure fantasy, almost to the point of making fantasy believable. I was working on a fantasy novel before my Dark Age Britain novel - and attempting to write the Dark Age Britain one before that, as the two kind of overlapped, until I dropped hard fantasy altogether in favor of something that could have actually happened. Other than my Arthurian one, I'm just working on small speculative fiction pieces as they come forth in my mind, the plots of which resemble Kafka or O. Henry with a sci-fi twist.

Do you have skills that you would be willing to share with the group?

I'm good with computers, and have a sizable vocabulary, albeit good grammatical and editorial skills, able to point out stylistic options and give advice to good writing. Mind, I am not amazingly good at poetry as much as prose. I also have great knowledge of Dark Age Britain and many different world mythologies, if that would be of any use to anyone other than me.

Introduction

I've been writing since I was very young. The story: I received a manuscript from one of my friends when I was around eight, and realized I can write stuff too, regardless of my experience.


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