So it begins…

I created the blog, bought the address and everything. There’s no going back now. I’m Liam Slade, and I’m here to write.

When I was a kid, there were things I used to wonder about that made me want to write. I think we all wanted to see different places, different times. I loved reading about history and geography in the Atlas and books of mythology. But more than anything, I wondered about what it would be like to be someone else.

Sounds silly, but I think if you’ve found this blog you can relate. I was only a kid and had barely seen anything of the world and yet I already wanted to experience things outside my life, outside my body. I didn’t even particularly have a bad life, or body, all things considered! It just seemed unfair that I – that everybody – only got one. (That we know about.) It was both a fixation and a fear – to be liberated from the restraints of being myself, but also to be stripped of what I knew my “self” to be.

When you wonder about stuff that’s impossible, incessantly, you write fiction to try to bridge the gap. To bring the impossible a little closer to reality. But it doesn’t feel real until it’s been shared, and I’ve been keeping it locked up in my own mind or parceling it out in dribs and drabs for a long time.

I’ve been writing for most of my 30-odd years (and they have been very odd, in some ways.) Maybe you’ve even seen some of what I’ve done without knowing it was me. My hope is to bring you something I can sign my name – well, this name – to.

As I write this it’s 2019 and I am months away from being ready to post anything here. In fact I only have the vaguest idea of what’s going to go here. Short fiction, some downloadable e-books, thoughts, reviews. It’s all possible but we won’t know until it gets here. I’m hoping that, by planting my stake in the ground and saying “I am doing this,” it will inspire me to continue writing at all costs.

Right now it doesn’t feel right. I need to play with the layout and determine the exact right setting for what I want to bring you. So if you’ve come early, congrats and keep me in mind.


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