Well, mostly I'm a sociologist, but lately I've been writing too. I started with short stories but then, without meaning to, ended up writing a novel. I keep adding to it, but it's somehow refusing to be finished. I had about 60,000 words written by last fall, added 60,000 words to it in November at my first NaNo, and just added another 31,000 words at Camp NaNo this past month. And the first draft is still not done. SIGH.
I also really love science fiction, so I have been satisfying that love by doing critiques of sci-fi stories through an online critique group.
I've been trying to get involved in more writer community groups, to get and give support and look for more critique partners and eventually beta readers. Right now it all seems pretty overwhelming, especially trying to balance it with work and personal life and hey, time for actual WRITING. But I'm hoping to find a good balance, and to get to know some interesting people here!
(Group collective) Hi Joy! (These intro threads always feel a bit like the opening of an AA meeting to me... lol)
Nice to "officially" meet you. When you're finally ready, I'd be happy to volunteer as a beta reader for your novel. I feel like I've already had a taste of it through your flash stories and that genre is one of my favorites. So just throwing that out there.
I imagine your experience as a sociologist must provide a unique perspective to your writing. I was, at one time a psych major in college and I still find myself analyzing the heck out of my characters (I've been reading Writer's Guide to Character Traits by Linda Edelstein, a psychologist and I'm enjoying it tremendously).
Welcome to the forum and thank you for all your contributions. You've really helped keep things moving around here and I appreciate that.
Volunteering to be a beta reader, and I didn't even have to beg or promise cookies? My, you are a generous soul, Chris! I will definitely take you up on that when the time comes.
The sociology background really does help, and the psychology and economics training too. Plus my master's was in human development, which is helpful when creating other intelligent species and imagining their life cycles. Although I think anthropology and history are even more useful when working on world building and speculative fiction, and I only have an amateur's interest in those. That said, I'll bet almost any job or hobby has *some* relevance to writing -- or that you end up writing things that are relevant to what you know, either way.
Hi Joy! (I agree Chris, these intros definitely feel like the beginning of every AA meeting...well, we're all addicted to writing here...Writers Anonymous? WA Meetings? Wah-wah-wah...)
Anyway, it's awesome to see you here on the forum Joy. I've popped in and out of your blog many times (love that you set everything in one fictional world. Tricky.) Looking forward to chatting more with you here on the forum