Greetings from Mordor...

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Stuart Williams
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Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:17 pm Post

... or at least the place which inspired the Dark Land, namely The Black Country, an ancient district in the Midlands of England.

I am a writer, historian and photographer with a lifelong interest in fantasy, history, science fiction and technology.

Back in the late 80s, I wrote on a freelance basis for several British home computing magazines. Since then I've written various articles and papers on astronomy and its history, as well as one or two small local history booklets. 2010 will be my 10th year as a local heritage columnist for my local newspaper, to which I also contribute occasional news and photo stories.

I edit and run, as a way of giving back to my local community, a "hyperlocal" website called 'The Bloxidge Tallygraph' (http://www.thebloxidgetallygraph.com), inspired by a scurrilous local newsletter of the 1870s. It combines local history and other features with local news, comment and information.

I am currently working on an alternate history "steampunk" SF novel and a handful of short fantasy stories with Lovecraftian leanings.

I expect Scrivener - to which I am a very recent convert - to be of considerable help with these scribblings and others on my Powermac G5 and Powerbook G4 15". Sadly, it won't run on my Underwood No. 5 :wink:

I suppose authors by whom I am primarily influenced would include Robert. E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, JRR Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Stephen Baxter.

My personal website, under construction, is http://www.stuartwilliams.net

Cheers,

Stuart Williams

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Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:02 am Post

Welcome aboard, Stuart!

All the best,
Keith

P.S. I'm a West Midlander (well, ex-West Midlander) myself, although my only knowledge of the Black Country comes from childhood memories of the Black Country Museum, I'm afraid.

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Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:27 am Post

Thanks Keith, and thanks for Scrivener :D

I've spent quite a lot of time wandering around Tolkien's haunts in the Birmingham area, are you an ex-Brummie?

Am awaiting the arrival of my Scrivener USB pill with anticipation, having already registered the download trial so I can get started. I'm already liking the resemblance of the Full Screen mode to my 1925 Underwood!

Keep up the good work,

Regards,

Stuart