I figured for the first post to my new blog, I'd make it all about me, mostly because I think having some background about who I am will set context and whatnot. A portion of this will go in my author bio, of course. Mostly I just feel weird about just diving into doing reviews when people who might read them have no idea who I am.
...At least, I'm hoping that people will read this who don't already know me.
Anyway, so here goes.
I live just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia (that would be the one in Canada) and I'm currently finishing up a law degree at the University of British Columbia. I graduate in May of this year and start my actual legal career from that point.
I have an undergraduate degree in Life Science from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. That's basically an obscure way of saying that I took pre-med, but didn't do anything with that degree. By the time I got to third year I realized that the last thing I wanted to do was work in a lab all day long, but I was too stubborn to change degrees, so I pushed through and scraped past.
After graduating, I worked for a pharmaceutical company for four years, which was really a writing job. I wrote the documents that told other people how to operate the machines in the plant and how to perform certain tests. It was also sort of a legal job, since I participated in any regulatory audits and made sure that everyone kept in compliance with the law - at least, that was what I was supposed to be doing. That whole experience is worth several posts of its own.
I moved to Vancouver basically to get away from that job, and after a short stint at a human resources consulting firm I started working for my mother, a family lawyer, as a legal assistant. After two years of that I started law school and will shortly be joining my mother as an associate, eventually to take over the practice as she retires.
I've been writing semi-seriously since about grade nine, when I sat down and wrote a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel. It was horrible, and has since been lost in a computer hard drive crash along with all of the other unfinished novels, mediocre short stories and poems that my high school and early-twenties-self came up with. I don't really mourn the loss, though it was devastating at the time. I spent about five years in a serious writing slump, completely paralyzed, and wrote almost nothing until NaNoWriMo 2007, when I finally figured out and broke down my mental blocks and started ramping up again.
I live with my fiancee of 12 years, Miko Bronstein, who is a costume stitcher. She's been working in the theatre industry for several years now, and is now starting her own business
building custom costumes, mostly for fans who want to cosplay at conventions. If you don't know what that means...go ahead and ask me. I'll probably screw up and call Miko my wife quite often, since I've been in the habit for a decade, but we're not legally married yet.
We have two cats, and will start planning our wedding basically as soon as we get ourselves situated with a house and full time jobs. We've been together and engaged since long before gay marriage was legal, so we're in no big rush either. We've always figured that if we're going to do a wedding, we're going to get it right.
Okay, if you're still with me after all that, I'm impressed. Now on to the point of this blog, why I'm doing this and why now.
Now that I'm drawing close to the end of my incredibly demanding time at school and have my legal career organized, I want to turn serious attention to the other part of my intended professional career - my writing. During the time that I was in law school, I've completed two manuscripts that I think have a pretty good shot of getting published once I polish them up. I've started working seriously at polishing one of them, and I've also started a third novel, and am planning a series.
If that sounds like a lot of work - it is! I haven't had the time to devote to it that I would like while I was at school, but I want to turn things up a notch once I finish the bar exams at the end of July. It is my intention to get published while the law takes care of the bills. Maybe it won't happen this year, maybe not next, but I'm determined that it will
On top of that I have an hour and a half long commute to school. Often I study or write on the train, but I also listen to podcasts and audiobooks. I have been learning as much as I can from those sources, and I will continue to listen to them during my 45-minute commute to the office after I graduate.
Not only do I love the law, and love writing, but I love teaching and recommending things that I think are worthwhile. I decided to start this blog to talk about the things I'm listening to and reading, as well as the writing courses I take.
I also want to talk about my journey towards getting published, which may or may not be all that interesting right now. Even if it seems a bit premature at the moment, I hope will be of use to someone in the future, when they're thinking of taking the next step and trying to become published writers themselves.
So you'll see a few things here. Mostly it'll be me reviewing the things I listen to, books and podcasts and that sort of thing, especially in the short term. I'll also talk about the law and politics, discussing some current issues that are on my mind and inviting discussion about those topics. I'll be talking about my writing process, including snippets here and there of my work, and you can witness me working through the roadblocks I encounter as I go.
So that's it! I'm looking forward to taking the next steps of my journey into my new professional life, and I hope that you enjoy taking those steps with me.