Hi, my name is Blake Crittenden and I’m easily distracted. I’ve had a million things I’ve wanted to do, but nowhere near enough time to get all of them started, let alone finished. I have a BA in English and I’m a software developer. I feel like programming is very similar to writing in a lot of ways. Figuring out the logic to add functionality for some feature is a lot like figuring out the back story of a character in order to understand their motivation to act a specific way. Often my love of technology bleeds over into my writing, but I always end up delving deeper into the human component.
I’ve finally gotten to a place where my kids are old enough to be mostly self-sufficient and I have some time for myself to start turning some of my ideas into things. Happily, writing has become a growing part of my life again.
I made the decision in September of 2013 to write a book. In my pre-family writing days, I’d worked on poetry and short stories, never getting above 9500 words (and that was much longer than anything else I had done). This book was a new thing for me and I found it strange how the words just keep flowing out. As of March 2015, I was at about 45,000 words. By October 2015, I’d finished my first draft. That was my initial goal and I’m really happy that I achieved it.
It took me over a year to complete the editing process. I workshopped the book and did a lot of rewriting. On December 4, 2016, I finished my second draft and called the book officially finished. I am dyslexic though (really actually), which causes me to miss a lot of errors, so I’m sure there are a few tiny little edits that I still have to do. It took 3 years of working on it once a week, but I got to the end.
Currently, I’m all over the place. I’ve been sending my manuscript off to Literary Agents, which is a process in and of itself. I’ve been working on a sequel. I’ve been writing shorter pieces and sending them out to literary magazines for publication. I have a few short stories slated for publication in the next few months.
It’s probably best not to look for me on the internet, but if you bump into me on Twitter at @Cpt_Heck, remember that donuts are my ultimate weakness.