Welcome to “Follow Your Nose Fiction, A Blog About Writing By A Guy Who Writes.” It’s purpose is to give me and hopefully you something different than the remote sharing that takes place between writer and reader. Not more, just different. After all, how could this be better than being inside a book, except perhaps, writing one? But sometimes a writer wants a break from the solitude of his pursuit, wants to reach out to others for some conversation about reading and writing. In my case it’s almost always – but never entirely – about fiction.
Because you have gotten down to this paragraph, it may well be that you might enjoy the conversation I am looking for. Talking across a coffee table would be terrific, but here we are in cyberspace where that is not possible. So, I hope a few of you story lovers will join me in a back and forth about writing and reading fiction. For me it will be a fine complement to following my nose alone down trails through thickets of events and feelings toward unexpected ends. Toward discovery. Toward getting my hands (and yours, if I am lucky) around experience. So let’s have a chat or two.
You may ask, “What will we talk about?” I hope it includes whatever you want, but I will prod you with my curiosities. Let’s just see where this takes us. You will have a lot to say about where we go. You can start with the posts I’ve already put up, and the responses. Go ahead scroll down through them. See what interests you enough to venture an opinion or ask a question. You can even sign up and receive notices that a new entry or a comment has been posted.
You might also ask what I mean by “following my nose down story trails.” Well, I begin a story when an impulse rises within me and seems to be seeking a place of greater repose, rather like an internal itch demanding a good, long scratch. It is the beginning of a trail that compels me to follow. Often that means I must navigate pathless woods until I find one, then stay on it or turn off at a fork to see where that one goes. I give the journey my silent attention, my wonder, imagination, and words with hardly a plan: no plot, timeline, synopsis, or character summaries to confine me. My nose to the ground, I seek generous gifts for myself: stories that may help me get my hands around a piece of what it means to be alive and offer a few readers the same…or at least entertain them.
Thanks for coming to “Follow Your Nose Fiction.” I look forward to hearing from you…and talking with you.