My name is Veronica Martinez.  I am a writer who has decided to have a real life presence online, as opposed to the pen name one I have had for years. For this I blame my 2010 idea for  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I have been participating in it  for a few years, as well as in its sister program Script Frenzy with less than stellar results. But this idea grabbed me and made me realize it was time to own my fiction. To this end I have established this blog, to show examples of previous work and nudge me to do more. They say it takes about a year or two for a blog to really find itself. That is good news as it will take that long for me to figure out how to make this work in anything close to a productive way.

It is better marketing to have your name in the address, so people can better find you and the various social outlets become more identified with you. But given the commonality of my name, that is not an option.  So I have settled for my initials and the word ‘skald’.

Skald is an Old Norse word for a poet or storyteller, akin to the better known word ‘bard’. I choose that word because as a practicing Heathen, it is a title I lay claim to. Now by Heathen I do not mean the popular defination of ‘godless’. As I use the term it refers to a follower of the Norse gods. You know: Odin, Thor, Freya, and in my case Loki, thought that’s not the norm in the Asatru religion. And no, that does not mean I am a racist. A look back up at my last name will show I am not the kind of person they would want in their club.

Right now I am better known as a writer of fan fiction. I have done poetry in the past, but I want to give more attention to creating original fiction. I will be using this blog for that purpose, starting by documenting my progress during NaNoWriMo 2010 and my efforts to novelize a vampire role playing game I created some years ago. My other plots will probably make an appearance here as I dust them off.

Published on 27/09/2010 at 22:50  Leave a Comment  

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