First thing’s first. I can’t express how grateful I am at starting this new venture into the online world and the gratitude all goes towards my darling Allie Nimmons. She is a fantastic web designer, girlfriend, and human being. If you need a web designer, check her out at http://allienimmonscreative.com/.
If you’ve seen this site, chances are you are a friend, family member, or colleague of mine. I appreciate your patronage and it is upon your support I build my voice.
This is my author’s site. I am currently working on my first novel, Incubus, which I hope to finish this summer. It will be a sci-fi thriller, with a dash of psychological horror; and it has certainly been a rollercoaster ride of starts, finishes, frustrations, elation, and learning. It will be part of something greater, and as it nears completion I’ll fill you in with all the juicy details.
I suppose now I should take some of your time to talk about myself, but I won’t. I hope you get to know me more through my curiosity than any pretentious I have towards yours truly. Curiosity ought to be the heart of art, namely the curiosity of the artist. Only the artist can pursue that curiosity themselves and only then can they share it with others. And time is so precious, who am I to waste your time with insincerity. I can only share my life within the context of my art.
That is what this site is about. Myself, and you. Without you, I cannot share my curiosity. Without you, I cannot stoke the curiosity within all of you, nor can you mine. This comes from a place of selfishness, I suppose, but hopefully a selfishness that can help others. Art has done so since cavemen left their handprints on stone.
You’ll see a number of pages under “Blog”, some filled with content, others lacking at the moment.
“Short Stories” is coming along nicely. I’ve found a sweetspot with Flash Fiction, or fiction typically of 1,500 words or less, and that will probably comprise the bulk of the content. I’ve often struggled with concise messages, and these pieces have been great practice. It’s all practice for the magnum opus, in the end. I’ll roll out longer pieces as they’re ready.
“The Art of Writing” will be my attempts to explain just that. I hope you’ll not just understand how we write or why, but the concepts behind writing and their importance. Perhaps these articles can illuminate and dispel that stinging misconception that many delude themselves with: “I cannot write…”
“The 90 Day Writing Challenge” will be dedicated to the challenge I took upon myself upon reading Sarah Domet’s book “90 Days To Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book”. It is a wonderful guide and although I’ve eclipsed my 90 day limit (my own fault), it does dispel the myth that writing a book takes ages. It is possible. Ask Joyce Carol Oates.
“Reviews and Analysis” will feature just that, deeper readings into another’s work. I hope we can discover hidden gems about the world left by the artists, whether consciously or not.
“Science in the News” is just that. Science Fiction is my favorite genre. But I’m not simply covering the subject of science. Science is your senses. It is our observations. Science encompasses our understanding of this universe, including our imaginations. This is a realm of reality, unreality, history, the future, politics, the list stretches to infinity. This is the news, but I’d like to go beyond simply giving you information. Science seems scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the leap into the unknown, you already do everyday.
You may see things that make you laugh, make you wonder, make you angry, or make you cry. Good. If I can elicit an honest response, then I’ve made a connection. I won’t hold you by the hand because I don’t know where to guide you. All I can promise is that if you do have an honest response, it will give you direction, somewhere. Somewhere is better than nowhere. Tell me what you think of my stories, my posts, or what’s on your mind. I won’t hold your hand, I won’t tell you what subjective material means, but we will discuss it. Objective material, on the other hand, I’ll do my best to give you the facts. Correct me if I’m wrong.
This has gone longer than a typical microfiction, and I don’t intend to take up your time. It is precious and I respect that. I’m not here for the money, art should not be for the money. It doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be marketable either. I’d like to continue this for as long as I can after all. I strongly believe respect is the best business model, and trust. I respect your time and I do not demand it. I trust your feelings, your reactions, and your criticisms as honest. Let’s begin with trust and respect. And so I end my letter, and hope to see you and hear from you again.
Gregory Allen McMillan