Welcome to Ink-Jerkers, I'm your co-founder, Kantuck Nadie Nat-akon. I thought I'd start with a tiny bit about myself.
The idea for Ink-jerkers is simply to be a place where new and intermediate writers can come for tips, techniques. Support for your writings, and the like.
Being in several writing groups, both online and off. I've seen where newbies feel a bit overwhelmed, and I understand. For although I've written non-fiction all my life (I was a school paper writer for two years in high school to start.) Writing fiction has been a major challenge
. I just started in 2010 when a friend of mine I met in a sci-fi convention several years earlier asked me to co-write a story. Although it awoke my long-held desire to write such it's taken seven years before I could even see myself as a fiction writer.
Now I'd like to share what I know.
What will I post? Basically, anything dealing with actually writing to writing tools as well. My current passion is EMACS and Org-mode for writing tools. (Look them up, if you're interested). I'm also big into the blind and visually impaired, and tools for them too since I worked with the School for the Blind, and Visually Impaired in Kentucky for a number of years.
I also have compiled a large index of books dealing with how to write, since when I first started I put in a serious education on this very topic, so my list of books will give you some starting points. As always look for free, and cheap ways of getting books. (Legally of course)
What do I write? Well, I have several strong influences; Being Appalachian, I have twenty-five years of values, and experiences, and of course a love of the culture, area, and lands.
I have experience with local native-Americans and can write a little Cherokee. But I'll add that writing other languages and dialects - including my own "Mt. Talk" (or Appalachian dialect English) can be a challenge! Read 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' from Gutenberg Press sometime if you want to really see what I'm talking about.
I also have a life-long love of science fiction and fantasy. From my first book of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine and Poul Anderson who gave me a deep love of history thanks to his "time tourism" stories. Isaac Asimov's robots, David Brin's Uplift universe, and of course many many others. Heinlein, Clarke, Tolkien, to name but a small fraction. Then of course TV shows, movies (I started with Star Trek just 3 or 4 years after it started), and mythology, and legends (Anyone remembers Bullfinch Mythology? -- 1st grade for me
In later years I've been exploring the mythology, legends of Appalachia finding out that it's a sort of "Middle Earth" with its share of cryptozoological creatures, unexplored areas, strange (REAL) people, and the like. Did anyone hear of the Appalachian blue people? They do exist! There are rumors that there is an Area 51 somewhere in Appalachia but even that hasn't been confirmed or denied -- ahh rumors. From there, I have strong Native-American influences, especially their mythologies, legends, and cultures.
The final influence, coming from my friend's influence is Anthropomorphic or 'Furry' culture. I cannot deny it's influence upon me since it not only has given me 'homework' in my education of fiction writing, but the folks have been exceptionally supportive of my meager works until I could gain enough confidence to branch out into a more traditional SF based set of works.
I have two sites I leave my works; one is a FurAffinity account, and the other is a Deviant Art, which is only non-anthropomorphic fiction. Feel free to go to each site. Some can be slightly R rated, but most are PG-13 at most. None at present is past R rated though.
There you have it. If you want more information just ask in the comments below and "Osiyo!" or 'Welcome' to InkJerkers.