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Location: Boulder, CO., United States

Member Since: May 2014

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I have always loved to read books. It was only after I read the two books, 'On the Road' and 'Dharma Bums', by Jack Kerouac, that I really began writing. In Kerouac's short biography in 'Dharma Bums', I read that Jack wrote 'On the Road' in three weeks; albeit he was high on benzedrine the whole time, it still tugged at my curiosity about how fast someone could actually write a novel. The first thing I wrote was scattered and inconsistent, and did not even have paragraphs (like 'On the Road'), but the writing process was fun, and I found that I could write a lot in a short amount of time. Since then, I have began many short stories. As of now, I have only finished two or three. I usually get to about seven pages, then put it aside and start another. They get longer every time I write a new one. At the time of writing this mini-bio, my favorite and most complete story is called 'Program', though I will probably add to it in the future. I began the story on April 13, 2014, and finished it on May 27 of the same year. The entire story was written on Google Drive. During the writing of the 'Program', I wrote 9 (document) pages of a novel in progress. As of now, as a junior in high school, future plans are to be an author living in a cheap apartment with a part time job, writing stories in all of my free time, and continuing this lifestyle until I can start publishing stories and making a decent, liveable salary. 

The best way for me to express myself is through writing. As I read my own work, I realize how much it reflects my own psychology and history. When you read my work - or anyone's for that matter - you are not just reading a creation of their imagination, you are seeing into their thoughts; this is especially so when they do not censor their work. I rarely edit something out of my stories, and I only do is if it is completely irrelevant to the plot or character developement. Think about this next time you read a story: you are looking directly into the experiences of the author. When I began writing and came to this revelation, and to this day, I get a little uncomfortable because I know that the extremely personal human subconscious is being revealed to me in metephors and reflections. I just had to remind myself that the author is choosing to reveal itself. It's a bit like seeing someone naked; be prepared to be surprised. As you read more and more stuff by the same author, you progressively get a feel for every bump, flaw, and orifice of their psyche. It can be an exciting and rewarding experience if you keep your mind open to all the new possibilities.

I'd also like to add that all of my photographs are taken and edited by me. I never use other people's photos for my own stories.

Everyone, check out my news to read about my first published book!


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