Today I managed to revise the Plays page, and create the Poetry and Prose pages, so this site is taking shape! So about the Prose…

I wrote my first short story as an independent study project in high school. It was an incredibly derivative sci-fi story about a lost spaceship slingshotting around the sun. I probably modeled it partially on a Star Trek episode and partially on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Then there was my first “novel,” which was basically a recounting of events leading up to and including my high school graduation. There I was stealing from the Emile Zola school of Naturalism, which I define in my teaching as “the artist as stenographer.” (Like my students know what a stenographer is…)

Since then, I have tried to be more imaginative and fanciful. And always, I have had the drive to be recognized as a writer, so that’s the fuel that fans the flames on the Prose page.

There are three entries: Watchers of the Dawn, which reflected my interest in the Steampunk genre; Buttcracks and Willful Ignorance, a collection of short stories and non-fiction; and HellWish, a graphic novel which is not exactly prose, but does have the word novel in it, so this is where I’m putting it. (Incidentally, HellWish is a free download. Grab it!)

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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