Welcome to A Mere Story! I’m Meredith (and if you haven’t noticed yet, the blog name is a pun). This blog is one of the little corners of the internet where I talk about my greatest passions: stories, writing, books, and the arts. My goal is to offer advice that I’ve learned throughout my writing journey, share book reviews, and give encouragement to fellow artists.
I’ve been creating stories for as long as I can remember. Part of it’s because of how my brain is wired and part of it’s because I grew up on a steady diet of books, radio programs, music, and the arts. Thanks to my mom, I’m fond of historical dramas, flowers, nature, and grammar. Thanks to my dad, I’ll always have a soft spot for action movies, sci-fi stories, absurdist humor, and logic.
I finished my first complete novel as a freshman in high school. Although the novel I completed that year will forever remain in the archives, since then I’ve completed 10+ short stories, a 20+ poems, and 1 rough draft of a novel (my current WIP that I’ve been working on for over 7 years). It doesn’t look like much, but for a slow writer who aims to create books the size of War and Peace, it’s a good start.
I primarily write literary science fiction and family sagas, although I have been known to dabble in other genres when it comes to short stories and poems. I also don’t tend to read what I write: my preferred reading genres are classics (my true love), historical fiction, literary fiction, and non-fiction.
A few more facts about me:
- Worldbuilding and outlining are my favorite parts of the writing process.
- My current favorite books are The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Till We Have Faces (C. S. Lewis), Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte), and Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy).
- I also love: birds (especially doves!), aesthetic book covers, biological sciences/ecology, Western history, beautiful architecture, puns, learning languages, Christian theology, cooking/baking, typography, illustration (traditional and digital), watercolor painting, flowers, DIY projects, and Oxford commas.