I am Mark van Tol, an author. It’s at this point that most people would be naming all their accomplishments to date. After all, why read a creative writing blog from someone who hasn’t won awards or had some work published?
First of all, writing isn’t all that I do. For about three-fourths of the year, I teach at an elementary school in Florida. That fact by itself shows how busy I am. There’s an old joke we tell each other: “Here’s something else for you to do with all your free time.” “What free time?” If you don’t get it, ask one of your teacher friends. They’ll set you straight.
Also, I have spent the better part of the last two years’ so-called free time working on a novel. I have the story done, but that doesn’t make it ready for publication. Once I finish the final edits, anyone who stops by will be sure to see the announcement in obnoxious, neon letters.
In the meantime, this blog is intended to share some of my latest short fiction. While writing has been a part of my life for many years, it is also my dream to share these stories with others. After all, this is who I am. An author.