I am CJ from SeeJayStark.com where I write short stories, book/movie reviews, and other nonsense. Most of what I write revolves around Science Fiction; Zombies, Aliens, and Video Games.
I started writing when I was a child. I was a big fan of Star Trek and always had questions about what the kids were doing during all of the events that took place during the shows. I knew there were kids because they were shown now and then, and they had class rooms. Since these questions weren’t being answered in the show, I started writing my own stories to answer myself.
Everything I wrote was kept private for most of my life until a few years ago when I decided to share a short story I wrote about a young boy used as a military experiment. A friend submitted it to a science fiction writing challenge and it wound up placing in the top 10 and being published in one of their quarterly magazines. I was inspired to share some more of my work, and so I started a website. My site has evolved a lot over the years and recently I acquired my own domain.
My blog basically deals with fictional and non-fictional micro tales. Nowadays everyone is too busy to read some long stories by any unknown teenage writer so I try to keep my stories short and cryptic.
I have also planned to post some free verse poems and haikus. My stories always have a hidden remark embarked in their roots. I have a long story to tell. There is a great reason that inspired me to write.
I started this blog and used to write a story that inspired me to start writing but it didn’t get a good response so I abandoned that idea and deleted all those posts and started writing these short stories.
Though I still have the affinity to start writing that story again on my blog when attain a good number of followers.
After years working in healthcare, I retired as a nurse practitioner to be a full time writer, co-author, and blogger. From the blog’s beginning in 2014,Before Sundownhas been honored with awards, and blog tours. I’m ever grateful, and appreciative of dedicated worldwide followers who like, comment, share and tweet posts.
I started the blog to connect with other bloggers, and in a way to learn more about writing. I also wanted to support other bloggers, friends and family by writing blog posts about them, their books, interests, professions and travels.
The collections of sunsets/sunrises on the Welcome page came from bloggers all over the world. I wanted visitors to remember what made you smile Before Sundown. What better way then to offer breathtaking sunsets or sunrises? A monthly featured sunset continues.
Book excerpts can be found as permanent pages on the blog’s menu section. I’m writing Sunset Inn, a fiction book based on real events and people, and made up events and people. My favorite made up person is Eric Herrmann, a Jewish medical doctor, who is the main character Elizabeth’s “beau.” He’s the biggest help in Elizabeth’s search to uncover her famous real grandfather’s secret life in Germany, the theme of the book. Just so you know, Elizabeth is the real me. With all the grandfather research and historical parts, the story just needed a sparked up nurse/doctor romance.
Fun Facts About Me
I’m old as dirt, born in the late 1930s, and plan to live beyond the 100-year mark.
I love whimsy and humor, something I try to interject into blog posts and writing.
I modeled for an Illustrator Photographer as a teenager, and was featured on east coast billboards; Give Life a Lift in West Palm Beach – Tropical Florida’s First Resort. I had jet-black hair and violet eyes, just like Elizabeth Taylor.
I published poetry years ago, and that led me to write “free rein for the brain” fiction.
I attended the same university as my sons, and at the same time. I also knew their girlfriends there (now wives). I was an honorary Frat Mom, and a designated driver.
I lived in Italy, Greece and Japan (5 years in each country). The highlight, traveling and skiing the Matterhorn (Italian Alps), and ski slopes in France, Austria and Switzerland.
I was a tech challenged blogger at the beginning in 2014, and I “learned by fire” how to put the WordPress site together and keep it “blazing” with published posts, and The Sunrise and Sunset Photo Gallery.
Shared by: Christine Elizabeth Robinson Writer/Copyeditor
Murder in Common blog is about crime fiction books and their authors. Mainly, it features debut and mid-list writers, with the occasional personal post. MiC also includes links to my published Flash Fiction.
The blog started as a project for a University of Toronto social media program. My classmates were supportive of the idea and as I love crime fiction, it was a natural pairing.
Since then, I’ve joined Sisters in Crime, SinC Toronto, and was a panelist at Bouchercon – Toronto. All in all it’s been very rewarding.
Basically, anything I think people will enjoy reading about.
After I finished writing “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat,” a general fiction novel for adults, I queried high and low for a literary agent and/or a publishing house. 80 queries later have confirmed what any author knows: finding either ain’t easy.
Fortunately, self-publishing gets easier all the time! Best of all, self-publishing doesn’t require agents and traditional publishers.
It does, however, require that I learn to promote my own books. My blog is my exploration of how best to let people sample my writing and sensibility.