Welcome to the Undiscovered Author

Hey there, and welcome to the inaugural First Post of my blog, The Undiscovered Author.  This post is largely a rehashing of what you’ll find on the About page which you’ll find linked above.

My name is Stephen Watkins, and I’m a writer.  Writing has been a part of who I am and how I define myself since as long as I can remember.  In elementary school, when we had story writing assignments, I always over achieved, writing two or three stories and submitting them all together for a grade.  By the time I was in fifth grade, I was already knee-deep into writing my first novel.

Yet here I am, nearly 30 and hard at work pursuing my MBA in evening classes at Emory University in Atlanta.  I’m happily married to a wonderful lady, have a super-fun dog and a child on the way.  And I haven’t published.  With all that I have successfully accomplished so far, I have yet to make any real progress toward achieving this one goal that I set out for myself in my early childhood.

And the Undiscovered Author is my story.  It is the adventure of young man who is about to become a father.  It is the tale of an idealist who is exploring his own future, trying to chart his way through the eddies and currents of MBA school while working full time, and finding a way to post-graduation success.  And it is the story of how he will pursue his dream and and keep his life in balance.  Above all, it is the story of how he will fulfill that lifelong dream, and get published.

So, my committment to you, pursuant to these goals, is simple:  I will write, at a minimum, 250 words a week posted here at The Undiscovered Author.  It doesn’t sound like much, I know.  But it is a small step on the road toward achieving my overall objective on this blog.  The things I may write about are varied.  Posts may include my thoughts about deciding what to do with my MBA post-graduation.  There will be times I may write about the challenges of trying to find time in a busy schedule for personal development and self-fulfillment.  With a baby on the way, I may write about the joys and trials of imminent and on-going fatherhood (though I will be keeping the identities of my child/children anonymous, for their safety).  Most frequently, I plan to write about writing and trying to get published.

As a reader, I think it is important that you also know that I am a nerd.  You know, the fantasy, science-fictiony, super-heroey kind of nerd.  And ultimately, that’s what I hope to write when I someday get published – we who read and write this stuff often refer to it as “genre fiction” (or “speculative fiction” for the old-school and technical types).  The way I see it, though, that’s okay, because I’d be pretty surprised if you hadn’t seen a movie like “The Lord of the Rings” or one of the “Harry Potter”s, or maybe “Spider-Man” or “The Dark Knight” or even the recent “Twilight: New Moon” movie, even if you hadn’t read any of the books, comics, or graphic novels on which these box-office smashers were based.  It’s a world of nerds we live in, today, and I’m one of the good guys. 

Because of that, I’ll also occassionally write short critiques and essays about the conventions and tropes of genre fiction, as the fancy strikes me.  Lastly, I may on occassion post some short story, vignette, or stray bit of poetic verse that I’ve written but either don’t expect to try to get published or which has already been rejected by every publisher I intend to shop it to.  That said, whether they are of a publishable quality may be at question, but if I am so encouraged by my significant other, friends or family, and I deem good enough to make available to an audience anyway, some such may see the light of day here.  The quality level on these things will likely vary, since generally I’ll be the only editor most of these pieces have received (where others have given read-throughs and provided me with editorial feedback, I will give credit), but obviously I generally think my own work to be of a certain quality that I might call “good”, even when not “great”.  I’ll also try and stay open to comments from you, the reader. 

While there may be a need in the future for some flexibility on what I post about, at least for now I intend to stick to the topics I’ve discussed above and the committment of a minimal level of new content each week (posting dates may vary initially until I settle into a comfortable schedule).  So, welcome to my blog, and enjoy your stay here.