Primarily, I am a writer. My main genre is fantasy, though I also write in SF and Science Fantasy; nearly all my MCs are some variety of LGBTQ+. I started writing back in 1989, desperate for some escape from the difficulties of my life, and I was in 9th grade (about age 14) at the time.
I also dabble in art and music. Occasionally, I'll engage in such crafts as crocheting, knitting, and sewing. I'm far better at writing than I am at any of these other activities, though I will admit to some minimal skill with the drawing and enough practice with the crocheting that I'm able to make my own patterns, usually involving me creating pictures with my yarn, if I wish. My ability to sew is restricted primarily to simple projects, mostly out of lack of interest in working on more complicated things.
Right now, I'm currently using Duolingo to learn Spanish, in a rather desultory manner. English is my native language, and I can get a bit pedantic with it, but am not afraid to look things up if I or someone else thinks I'm wrong about something. I think I know how to use semocolons, enjoy writing long and complicated sentences whenever I have an opportunity, and firmly believe commas should come before conjunctions when in a series.
Yes, that is an actual picture of me. From 3rd or 4th grade, I think, clearly Before Glasses, which I got to start wearing in 6th grade. I almost remember wearing that sweater. This school photo has long been my favorite.
Back in 2007 (IIRC), I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is this condition which is the primary, invoulntary control mechanism for my creative urges. Whether or not I even want
to do anything creative, as well as what creative endeavor I wish to focus on is determined by this condition. If you'd like basic info on bipolar disorder and its treatment, please look up that information yourself. If you'd like to have me describe my personal
experience with this condition, feel free to ask questions, but be forewarned that if I feel you're asking for general information, I'll tell you to look it up.
I identify as a polyamorous panromantic asexual transperson. As with my bipolar disorder, if you have any general info questions regarding my LGBTQ+ status, please look up the answers yourself. If you'd like me to share my personal
experience with being LGBTQ+, go ahead and ask, but if I feel you've asked a general-info question, I will likely tell you to research it yourself. And, in case you were wondering: No, I will not tell you which restroom I use, or what my sex is.
I have serialized my completed novel, Discordant Harmonies 1: A Pitch of the Scale
on my website and it and two sequels on Wattpad. Currently, I am serializing the third book of the series on Wattpad. Look for Ashe Elton Parker there.
Should you have any care about what I'm reading, and what I think about what I've read, I can be found on Goodreads as A. L. Shelton, or follow the link here: www.goodreads.com/user/show/63…
I take pictures of my cat, Hendrix (and other things) and post them to my Instagram. If you like, you can follow me there too. The address is: www.instagram.com/alshelton13/
There is always a story. ~ AEP
Favourite Visual Artist
Jody A. Lee, Boris Vallejo
Mel Brooks movies, Star Wars, Nausicaä, Labyrinth and other fantasies
Favourite TV Shows
Soap, Are You Being Served?, Red Dwarf, Perry Mason, Original Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Queen, Elton John, Enigma, S.J. Tucker, Michael Jackson, Damh the Bard (don't ask me how to pronounce it), Enya, Heather Dale, Vince Guaraldi, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Boz Scaggs, ZZ Top, Cyndi Lauper, Bee Gees, Abba
The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey, The Complete Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
None in particular
Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Magic: The Gathering
Tools of the Trade
For writing: Computer (writing), paper, whatever writing utensil is at hand; for crocheting: Hook and Yarn and Pattern; For drawing: Paper, pencil, eraser
Reading, History, Fashion (esp. period--various eras), Tea, Square Dancing, Crocheting, Cats (and in particular, my cat, Hendrix)