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Arthur Gordon Ericsson
a writer. I write because I love telling stories, always have,
but I became a writer about six years ago while attending college
thanks to the ND Workers Compensation Bureau, who in their mandamus
judgment declared that I would indeed be able to become a paralegal
should I only attend college and learn the trade.
that trade, yet when I began to work; it quickly became obvious
that I could not do the job of a paralegal.
At any rate,
while learning to be a paralegal, I discovered a love for writing.
The story telling was always with me, I loved holding my kids,
and my nieces and nephews on my lap and tell them ghost
stories, or fairy tails but while in college I discovered that
it was just as easy to tell the stories on paper and more people
could enjoy them.
dont get me wrong, Ive never sold anything that
Ive written, not yet anyhow, in fact I havent even
sent any of my writing off, unless you count that time not so
long ago when Themestream.com was in operation, I sold them
several articles, and quickly became read among the members,
even got paid for that, although not much, thirty bucks if I
recall, but it was something.
As far as
being published, I had several of my essays written in
college published in the college magazine, and to be truthful,
it was thrilling to see my name in print; in fact it could be
includes eight years in the U.S. Army, including one fun filled
excursion to a little country in South East Asia called Vietnam.
After the Army, I got a job on my hometown Police Department,
and stayed in law enforcement for the next eighteen years, including
eight years as a Chief of Police in two different cities at
different times of course.
gives me a wonderful basis for my tales, as does my degree in
paralegal studies. I have been coming to the Notebook for several
years now (2/27/2002), and firmly believe that my writing would
have died out from lack of use were it not for the wonderful
folks here who encourage my writing, and whos critiques
have improved my writing skills.
a comment from a recent Shorty exercise has led me to research
the writers guidelines of several magazines with the full
intention of editing that story and submitting it.
By golly, it's hard trying to say something interesting about
myself so I'm just going to have to settle for something.
Most importantly, I adore books. Everything about them. I get
high on the smell of them. I have so many books in my house
that if there were a fire we would have no hope at all.
this adoration for the written word has led me to try my hand
at writing. I started with poetry during my teen years and found
it a great relief for my tortured soul, unfortunately it had
the effect of torturing most everybody who read it.
I moved to short stories. I think they're delightful fun. Not
too long and what an amazing adventure you can have with them,
and still be home in time for dinner.
in the process of 'almost' having finished my first novel. I
am at this point of time at the editing stage. (And to think
I used to wonder how some people could take 20 years or longer
to write a novel!)
On the non-writery
side of my life, I am married to a wonderful man, and we have
three sometimes wonderful, sometimes 'rip your hair out' infuriating
children, and one very, very (no, there can never be too many
adjectives in this case) very, very, very boring cat, a new
rabbit and a new puppy, who, put together are more work and
stress than the children ever were.
I also love
handcrafts. Patchwork, quilting, knitting, I'm not necessarily
good at it, but it's a great way to piece all the novel twists
and short story plots together and not go insane.
My 2 most
favourite writerly saying are:
difference between a good writer and a bad writer is words.'
the most important things to being a good writer is being able
to recognise the crap, another is being able to part with it.'
if you're still reading at this point, I guess I must be doing
something right :-D