It was about the same period when I obsessively read Stephen King and also obsessively watched Cartoon Network. Other than family, nothing was more important to me than cartoons. Nothing.
When I was about thirteen, I entered my local public library to search for a new book. I did this about twice a month at the time, and I almost always chose a random book from the shelf.
Many things in life inspired me to become a writer, but school was not one of them.
It will take some time for me to reach the present day, but you will have to bear with me a little bit on this journey. After all, I have created this series to document as much as I can of the entire journey so that perhaps other writers will find at least some aspects of my own journey useful.
I don't know what makes us choose a vocation. I suppose we all have different reasons why we gravitate towards a particular job. When we’re young it’s usually an honest passion. You love animals and want to see them protected, so you decide to become a veterinarian. You wonder what it feels like to step on the Moon, so you want to become an astronaut. Perhaps a painter, an actor, a doctor, a chef. A storyteller.
In Pursuit of Dragons will document my journey to, hopefully, one day becoming a professional writer. A professional novelist, a professional screenwriter, or both. Or neither. My dream might come true one day. Or, it may not. Perhaps no career success will come out of this. And that's OK. The journey is a wonderful part [...]