Who I Am

I am a writer currently working on my first novel (read: first conclusively to-be-finished novel) and a smattering of other projects. On a given day, I write anything from poetry to short stories to my master’s thesis. Though, at the moment, the master’s thesis is the main priority. Most of the time.

I tend to write and read primarily speculative fiction, although I also enjoy general fiction, the literary classics, and anything with stories and characters that resonate with me.

I’m originally from Alabama, U.S.A but am currently living in Estonia for my master’s degree (Finno-Ugric linguistics), learning way more than I bargained for (oftentimes the hard way) but loving the ride anyway.

Random interests or passions include, but are not limited to: anything to do with horses, fingerstyle guitar, the color green, cats, stylistics, speculative fiction, procrastinating, wearing flannel shirts, anime, languages, all aspects of winter, translating Betti Alver’s poetry, drinking coffee, writing letters, riding trains, reading, and being an introvert.

You can also find me (and some other interesting writers) at The Sarcastic Muse.
Or follow me on Twitter:  @thesundancer8

23 thoughts on “Who I Am

      • I’ve been busy, unfortunately, hence the reason for my absence. But I’m attempting to write a post for today. 🙂 How is your writing coming along?

      • Still struggling with it. 🙂 I’m currently working on a short story that is taking most of my writing time. I was aiming for it to be less than 1000 words, but I’m already past my 7000th word. I will post it when it’s finished. My first complete story. Yikes!

      • Congratulations! Finishing is always the first step–or so they say. I’m terrible about finishing my writing projects. I’m glad to hear that you’ve been writing, though. 🙂 I definitely look forward to reading it.

  1. Finno-Ugric linguistics? Wow. I don’t even know if I understand any part of that. But I hope you’re enjoying the subject matter. One assumes you must to move to Estonia. Tallinn I presume? I was there for a bachelor party. Who hasn’t been from the UK…

    Good luck with the writing – all of it. I’m soon to release my first (self-published) book so know a bit about the struggle.

    • Finno-Ugric. Yeah. I often wonder how much I truly understand, too. I do enjoy it though (when I understand it). I’m in Tartu, actually. It’s the intellectual hub in Estonia, more or less.

      Thanks! I’m doing line edits for a friend who is self-publishing, so I know how tedious the whole process can be. Best of luck to you as well. It’s a tough journey but a fulfilling one nonetheless.

      By the way, did you and I have some kind of miraculous mutual blog commenting coincidence? I was a bit baffled. As in “how did he know I was reading his blog when I haven’t even commented yet!” kind of baffled. 🙂

      • Alas no, unlike some of the douches I spoke about in my post, I will always check out anyone who has followed, liked, etc.

        I believe you liked the How To post and as I happen to be sitting at my desk working on my next piece, I thought I’d head over and check you out.

        Once I realised you wrote in Engligh and weren’t a douche, I decided to read some stuff…

      • Ahh. Right! I forgot I’d clicked like before commenting. I always try to comment on the things I like. Seems only fair. Glad to have exceeded expectations . . . and that I write in English (everyone should be glad for that, as my Estonian writing is atrocious). Thanks for reading — I’ll be on the lookout for more of your posts!

    • No problem! I try to check in on the people I follow every now and then! All is well. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Just found your blog recently and wanted to leave you a quick message to say that I think it’s great! There are a lot of awesome posts.

    I myself am working on completing my first novel so I feel your pain. Keep on writing!

    • Hi thanks for dropping by and thank you for the lovely compliment! 🙂 I’ve been a bit MIA lately due to real life things, but it’s always wonderful to get messages on here to remind me why I started this blog in the first place.

      I appreciate the encouragement. The first novel is like a beast in a never-ending tunnel, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely. Glad to know I’m not alone!

  3. Hey Michelle. Glad to have you following my blog. Thanks again for the support! And trust me, you will get to the end of that thesis. 🙂

    • No problem! I thought I was already following you. So when I saw that I wasn’t, I was quick to remedy that issue. 🙂 Thanks so much for encouragement! The end is in sight, I think.

      • I hope you get to the end soon–or your thesis I mean. In the wrong context, that could sound creepy. Plus, I just followed the Sarcastic Muse link back to your post on verb tenses. To let you know what a geek I am (and how challenged my vocabularly is) I thought it was Awesome! I’ve done some reading and study in sociolinguistics, but you’re in a whole different league. I enjoyed it.

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  5. first thing I am reading on your blog is your about me and wow you are writing thesis, how awesome is that… I have given up on study for a degree for now, look forward to the day I can begin again… All the best for your studies and novel 🙂

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