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Blaine Arcade

Location: United States

Member Since: November 2014

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          I wish there was more to say.  I started thinking I could write back in the fourth grade when I was the only student in my entire school that received a '4' on the writing test (The highest grade possible).  The staff rewarded me with a limousine ride to Wendy's.  I suppose it was their way of saying I would wind up in mediocrity, but get there in style.

          I foolishly majored in creative writing in college and got basically nothing out of the program.  This was partially my fault, as I went into it with certain assumptions and did not even consider the possibility that things might not operate that way.  I assumed that such a program would have to be divided by genre and have professors that specialized in all the major ones: science fiction, fantasy, horror, humor, creative nonfiction, media reviews, literary fiction... and so on and so forth.  In reality, the only concern of university writing programs seems to be literary fiction.  Most of that seems to conist of drug addicts, rape victims, and the terminally ill wallowing about for thirty pages.  I can't stand such stories.  So I was trapped in an environment with professors who couldn't teach me about the genres I cared about (scifi/fantasy) and who didn't want to.

         So here I am.  I have a useless degree and a self-published novel I can't get people to read.  Maybe with some luck, some people on this site will enjoy my short stories.  Hopefully I'll find some authors I enjoy reading as well.


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