Stranger Than Fiction: Getting to know you

As promised, here is my first column for my school’s newspaper, The FAMUAN:

Hello, welcome to the first of what I hope to be an ongoing column. I want our time together to be as personal as possible, so here are a few basic things to know about me and the future of the column.

Some of you might be wondering why I would choose “Stranger Than Fiction” as a title. For starters, I wanted the title to emphasize the complex, often-strange nature of the world. We attend such a unique school during a time of huge social and technological progression and hopefully the title reflects its varied, exciting character. Also, I am going to be writing about books fairly often, so I think it is a nice turn-of-phrase.

Speaking of books, I have a lot of “favorites” when it comes to books and various other media. Probably the best way to describe my tastes is “eclectic,” and I tend to consider a lot of examples. To give you an idea of what you’re working with; I can easily go about reading “A Farewell to Arms” after having just seen Back to the Future Part II, while simultaneously listening to Ben E. King’s Stand by Me and eating a genuine Philly Cheesesteak.

This most likely has to do a lot with my background as a military brat and having to move every few years. I spent my infancy living in Georgia and Texas before moving to North Carolina and then Virginia. Afterwards, my family set up shop in Minnesota before moving to Iowa, where I spent the majority of my childhood. We then moved back to Georgia before finally settling down near Washington D.C.

Besides writing, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and the occasional hike. However, being on a shoestring budget hasn’t really afforded me a lot of opportunity to indulge in them this year, so writing has been my “go-to” hobby.

As is the case with most writers, I hope to establish an intellectual discussion between everyone reading my work. A public forum is a precious thing and I want to make sure that I provide the best material possible.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email me and the rest of The FAMUAN staff. I like to think that we accept criticism well, and I promise I won’t bite.

Hopefully you’ll get something out of this. I want to offer something significant and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what I can do.

Observant readers might be keen to point out that there are similarities between this and my first post on Snazzy Suits. That would be because I used it as the basis. Fortunately, I don’t think it counts as plagiarism seeing as I wrote it.

Let me know what you think. And as always, thanks for stopping by!

 

-Chris

 

*I know I said that these would be available every Wednesday, but there was some mis-communication on my part and it had to be pushed back to a later edition of the paper. During that time I edited to make it as personable as possible. Anyway, I’m sorry for the delay.

** Also, have a great weekend!

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