Yours Truly – A to Z: Y

Y is for me. I mean, for Yours Truly. Which is me. In other words, I’m going to be sharing a few little things about myself. It’s something I’ve mostly avoided thus far, apart from a post about my pets, an introduction, and my about me page.

If I count correctly, this will be my 50th (public) post on this blog. Yay! The A to Z Challenge has definitely helped get that count up, and in the coming weeks and months, I’m sure I’ll be posting closer to one post per week than one per day, but that way, I’ll get back some more time for what I really want to be doing, which is working on my book. Not that I don’t like blogging – I do, more than I expected I would – but the Challenge has taken up much more time than I’d anticipated. I’m not very good at just writing quick 100- or 200-word posts and leaving it at that; I tend to rave on and check my facts online more than I probably need to. I spend time looking for images that I don’t end up using (I don’t get to use images when writing my book, and while I know blogs are different, it sort of feels like cheating to insert images not my own) and getting side-tracked in facts and details.

My blog-writing is a little different from my book-writing in that I’m more informal here, but I guess that’s not unusual. Either way, I’m still a stickler for details, I hate making mistakes (so if you see any, please feel free to point them out in the comments!), although I have some strong opinions that may be very different from what seems to be the “conventional wisdom” many writers and editors follow. Some of these I’ve mentioned in my posts or in comments I’ve left on other sites; for instance, I don’t like people speaking in absolutes, or blindly following “rules” that were meant more as “don’t overuse” advice than iron-clad “you must never” laws. There are so many writers trying to find the perfect formula, and too many sites give advice that would make all their writing boring, in my opinion. Be different, be bold, be unique, just don’t fall into certain traps and overuse certain patterns that seem to raise some editors’ hackles.

About me personally? I’d still like to keep my “author persona” largely separate from my “private self”, but some things about me that make me who I am are these: I grew up in three very different cultures, speaking three different languages, moved around a lot as a “missionary kid”, had lived in three countries by the time I was one year old and moved 18 times before I was 18. Most influential were formative years that I spent in the tropical jungles of Papua New Guinea, something that has most definitely influenced my writing.

I met my wonderful and amazing wife when we were both teenagers in high school, and we have three great kids, two of them now teenagers themselves. I’m a family person above all else: above my job which I really enjoy, and even above writing, which I’ve come to enjoy so much I dream about doing it for a living (while realising that the chances of achieving that dream are frighteningly slim, even if I were the most brilliant writer on the planet – not that I’m claiming to be that). Two dogs and two cats allow us to share a beautiful house in Perth’s northern suburbs with them, though the tenancy agreement has several clawses clauses about things like feeding, grooming and walking them. I also have a great sense of humour, which even allows me to see the irony in stating that.

I think all this gives me a unique perspective on things like culture shock, racism, being an outsider, and cherishing one’s family, all of which I’m channelling into my writing. I look forward to learning more about my fellow writer-bloggers, to learning more about creating an online presence, and to being able to share the ups and downs of my writing adventure with like-minded people from all walks of life.

Truth be told, I’m also looking forward to the end of this A to Z Challenge and to being able to blog at a slower pace (so that I can spend more time writing). 😉

About Amos M. Carpenter

Web dev by day, author by night, and generally interested in (and opinionated about) way too many things.

Posted on 29 April, 2014, in A to Z Challenge Part III, Metablog, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Nearly there to the end of the challenge! 🙂

    • Yay! 😀 Just working on that last “Z” post, then I can get back to writing for myself. Hmm, did that come out sounding very selfish? I really enjoyed writing for the blog, and will continue to do so, but my own writing has been nagging me a fair bit. “Wriiiite,” it calls to me, “write moooore. Your story isn’t finished, and it won’t tell itself without you!” 😛

      Thanks for the encouragement, Mishka, your cheerful comments always brighten my day.

      • I know exactly how you feel, it must have been exhausting writing so much for this challenge!

        And being dragged away from writing for you and your books is pretty hard. At least you can get back to it with all that built up motivation and enthusiasm 😀

      • Exactly! Hence my next post title: Zzzzz…. 😉

        But yes, ideas are constantly simmering away on my mind’s backburner. Time to bring some of them to the boil!

  2. Nice to meet you on the AtoZ. I share your sentiments: AtoZ is time consuming. I check and re-check, edit and re-edit, draft and delete… But I do enjoy the challenge of doing 26 posts in one month. This is my third round of AtoZ and I have finished each round. Each time it became easier, and I became more focused. But now I am looking forward to spreading out my posts a bit more. Take care. Be seeing ya!

    • Thanks, Janice, I very much appreciate you taking the time to come read and comment on some of my posts. Nice to meet you as well, and I’ve been enjoying your quirky battles with hyphens and so many other little (but important) things that make up our wonderful rules of grammar. Will continue to follow your blog and looking forward to some more well-explained and humourous posts about the intricacies of grammar!

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