In the examples for writing an introduction, WordPress asks me to tell you, dear reader what G.D. Ison (call me Grant by the way) is all about.
Well, most of you will know me from over on Twitter, so you know what type of a random twirling dervish of a ride I can be. For the strangers in the back of the room and those just arriving. I am an acquired taste. Like a gin that you aren’t too sure if you like the taste of or not, yet others seem to love and you just don’t get it. And that’s fine with me.
I have been on Twitter for 6 years now and in that time I have developed close ties and built many great friendships with those in the Australian writing community, and worldwide. Some of whom have been following me for years.
I have no idea why I have such a large handful of faithfuls. Apparently I am two things: interesting & funny. 😁
(I could tell you who said that, but I don’t want to inflate any egos, here.)
WordPress now tells me to tell you why have I started a blog. I am treating this blog as my writing “exercise yard”. It is for me, more than anything. But, I thought it is time I start putting some of my words out there.
I write everyday, when I can. Being ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) my brain is constantly running a narrative. Sometimes that narrative shows me scenes, like a trailer for a film. I see and hear, even sometimes smell the scenes as if I am watching a film.
If I think those scenes are any good, I’ll open Word and jot them down. Or, I’ll get a sentence in my head that I think is so good, I will scribble it down on a notepad I keep next to me.
I have been telling people for years I am a writer and only a limited few have read my work. So, all those little scenes and snippets I will write here, too. Other things I will write about here are: ADHD and my recent diagnosis, books I have read, author and book events I go to, my opinions, heavy metal music, old man yelling at cloud stuff, and random Grant events…because ADHD.
As for my actual manuscripts, I have completed a creative non-fiction memoir that I wrote for my Masters degree about my eight months in prison. It is a manuscript that is very personal and I am torn if I want to get it published or not. My professor raved about it, constantly. All good things, of course.
Four Australian (published) authors read my memoir and all four said it was amazing. That it is an important text as it shows a world most of you are fortunate not to experience, and there are many of my experiences in it that the public don’t know, and should, about life inside. For now? I am keeping it close to my chest.
A 2nd creative non-fiction memoir of mine, ‘Last Stop: The Mustang Ranch,’ is a buddy road trip comedy set in the USA. In 1996, I did a road trip around California then out to Reno, Nevada with a dear friend who is no longer with us. Think of it as my own ‘Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas,’ as it were. You’ll get an idea of what the story contains. It is a foreigner’s commentary on life in the USA pre-9/11.
Finally, I am working on two literature fiction pieces. One of which I am on the fence about whether I call it Young Adult or not, maybe ‘General’ audience. The other one is bordering on Gothic Literature.
Anyway! You bought the ticket, so take the ride and I hope you enjoy my blog! A comments section is available if you’d like to leave one on anything I write.