Welcome to A Mere Story! I’m Meredith (and if you haven’t noticed yet, the blog name is a pun).
This 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. I finished my first complete novel as a freshman in high school, and although that story will forever remain in the archives, I’ve since completed 10+ short stories, 20+ poems, and 1 rough draft of a novel. Currently, I’m writing the second draft of my WIP (work in progress), which I’ve been developing 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. Honestly, anything that involves intricate worldbuilding and outlining has me hooked. I also don’t tend to read what I write: I much prefer classics (my true love), memoirs and biographies, historical non-fiction, and literary fiction. My current favorite fiction books are The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Till We Have Faces (C. S. Lewis), True Grit (Charles Portis), and Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte); my current favorite nonfiction books are Nicholas and Alexandra (Robert K. Massie), The Romanov Sisters (Helen Rappaport), West with the Night (Beryl Markham), Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover), and A River in Darkness (Masaji Ishikawa).