Yes. All of the time.
Well, I wouldn’t say three (one of which is still in progress) qualifies as “so many,” but that’s just me humble bragging.
At one point while I was in high school (or maybe it was middle school) I got the idea to write a novel, but I never got far into it, and even if I had, it would have been unpublishable, due to it being rife with copyright infringement. I didn’t know what fanfiction was then, but it was kinda fanfiction-y (Doc Brown and Ganondorf were characters in it, don’t ask, that’s about all I remember). There was another point after that where a friend and I decided we were going to write an “epic novel” which just turned into a four page short story about a man traveling to Russia to find someone else’s stolen goat (I really wish I still had a copy of that one). I ended up expanding that “universe” in a series of (better) short stories I wrote in a creative writing class in high school.
But, until a couple years into college (uni to you Brits), that was it for my creative writing. Then I took a political science class (I had switched to PoliSci as my major at that point) about… Geez, I can’t even remember, and it was only a couple years ago. Something more along the theoretical side of PoliSci. Anyway, the first big essay for the class was to compare Plato’s The Republic to the film Blade Runner (they’re way more related than you might think, but that’s a discussion for another day).
While I was writing that essay, I spent a lot of time thinking about the two works, which lead to me thinking about ancient Greek mythology and near future sci-fi stuff. That then got me thinking about the combo of sci-fi and fantasy, and how I thought there should be more of that. Then I thought, “Well, there probably is plenty of that, it’s just in crappy books that no one has heard of. Hm… Maybe I could do that. I could write a crappy book that no one has heard of!”
So, I started working on it, and soon remembered how much I enjoyed writing fiction, and that I’m pretty decent at it too. There aren’t really a ton of things that I am legitimately good at, but writing is one of them, and fiction writing is the one I enjoy the most. I have a really active imagination, I often jokingly refer to it as being “over-active,” and having an outlet for that is great. I have so many weird and fantastical ideas floating around in my head, sometimes I just need to get them out, and being able to do that and have it form a (mostly) coherent narrative is unlike anything else that I’ve done.
Of course, there are other ways to turn my ideas into things. If I had the ability to draw, maybe I would draw comics. If I could code, I probably would be trying to make an indie game. If I had musical talent, I’d be writing songs. And if I had the necessary resources, I’d be making short films.
But I don’t have any of those things. What I do have is the ability to write, and so I write. As to why I write books? Well, part of the over-active imagination means that I was able to pretty quickly create a narrative that spanned several books. Now, that’s not to say that I planned everything out completely from the start. I didn’t even do that for the first one. But, I knew enough about where I wanted this universe I had created that I was going to write more. Originally it was just going to be two books, but then I decided I had enough for three. And really, if I wanted to, I could probably stretch it into four just for this story arc, but given the trouble I’ve been having focusing on just this one book, I’m probably better off NOT making it any more convoluted than it already is.
Actually, I’ve been thinking about writing more short stories, and putting those online. Hopefully I’ll get around to that soon, I definitely have plenty of ideas for them as well, and I’d like to get them written out before I over think them and they become too big to be short stories.
So, in other words, I write because I have no other outlet for my imagination, and because I really enjoy doing it. Also, I’d be thrilled if I could make money doing it, but thinking about that has a tendency to make me depressed (because I’m not making money), so I try not to think about it.
That response is probably longer than you were expecting, and it might have some typos in it. Oops!
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From a young age I was interested and fascinated by every aspect of film (still photography and moving pictures), both the technical and the artistic sides of the discipline. I grew up around 35mm photography and Super 8 film being used by my family to capture all the usual memorable moments we had over the years; but since my father was also an artist (a sculptor, primarily) he was always interested in the more creative and experimental ways you could use film.
You could say I just picked it up as I went along.
I learnt how to develop my own black and white photos in the temporary, homemade, darkroom in our bathroom before I was old enough to go to secondary school.
I just like making, and thinking, about pictures I guess!
Just in the past couple of years I’ve started to get back into photography, after a break of nearly a decade, so I’m kinda just snapping everything and trying to get a handle on what’s what these days.
For reference, here are the earliest tools of the trade that I can remember using to take and make pictures!
35mm still film photography camera
Super 8 motion picture film camera
Man In A Suitcase
I’m about to eat this motherfuckin’ muesli!
I’ve read the majority of Philip K. Dick’s work over the years, including that.