About

This site is dedicated (mostly) to my fictional works.

Introducing Derek Alan Wilkinson?

What can I say?  I write like a scalded dog.  I grew up in and around Charleston, WV.  I now live in Knoxville, TN, and I don’t care if you like my southern drawl or not.

I’ll leave any other formalities involved in introducing myself to people more skilled.

In any case, enjoy reading, and thank you for visiting.

–Derek

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve been looking for a good source for fiction! I’m a fiction writer at perseshow.wordpress.com. Problem is I go through the books I read so quickly…sometimes it’s nice to read instead of write, you know? Anyway, I’m glad I found a fellow writer, and I’ll be following your site soon!

    -Perse Show

    • Only if I’m not boring you to death with my posts.

      There’s no “tit-for-tat” here. I won’t comment just to get people to look at my blog and expect a comment, and I don’t expect everyone I follow to follow me back.

      That, and I’m in no shortage of followers.

      I just genuinely liked your material 🙂

      • Well said, I totally agree. The funny thing is, I *am* in a shortage of followers. I get excited over the most arbitrary things.

        Well too bad, I’m following your blog (haha). 🙂

        -Perse

      • Have you checked out http://www.dailypost.wordpress.com ? Or http://www.yeahwrite.me ? These sites have writing prompts. Of course, they can be constricting (you have to write about what the prompt asks for), but responding to these specific “write about this” not only helps hone your skills, but you can draw more traffic to your site.

        Also, The Daily Post has a weekly writing challenge posted every Monday. I’ve participated in several of these, and was once featured once in their “Freshly Pressed” category.

        Man, talk about TRAFFIC. I had over ninety or so comments on just that one post.

        In any case, best of luck to you. And as I’m sure you know, regardless of followers, writing has its own rewards.

  2. No kidding. I’ve never written for writing prompts, but I’ll look into that. I’ve never quite liked that idea but if I think the traffic is worth it, I’ll try it.

    -Perse

      • With The Daily Post, you have to post DIRECTLY into your blog’s main page, and include a link back to the original post at the end of yours. The same works with YeahWrite–although, with them, you have to include the image html. If you’re having problems with that, email the editorial staff.

      • Hmm, maybe. I’ve never had much trouble when I’ve had to respond to school prompts, but I guess the motivation here is different. I just have to really want to do it…you know, I used to think that I needed to really relate to a topic to write about it. But I don’t relate to a lot of my stories, even the ones that just flow from me. Not sure what the requirements are anymore.

        -Perse

  3. Derek, I’m curious about what prompted your suicide series. If it is none of my business, just tell me so, but it is such an interesting concept and I’ve appreciated the ones I’ve read. “Liked” seems inappropriate, given the subject matter. Judy

    • For a depressed person, “suicidal ideation” was an understatement of what went through my mind during high school. I don’t know where the sort of thinking came from, but it became a part of my thought life for a long time.

      While that mindset doesn’t quite describe me today, I started writing these types of stories to see where they’d end up; to “get it out of my head,” so to speak.

      I’m surprised at how they’ve turned out. I figured they’d be more “morbid” than I think they are. There’s a great deal of life, beauty, sadness, and ugliness all wrapped up in these stories, together–a panoramic view of life itself. It’s almost Taoist: to write about dying is to discover so much more about living our lives.

      • I agree completely. This has been a predominant theme in my writing in the two months I’ve been at the beach and is certainly and element in today’s poem. My problem is the opposite–waking up at night with night terrors over ceasing to exist..I find writing to be a huge help and it looks like you have, too. Hope such thoughts of suicide are far behind you. Thanks for your generosity in answering my question. Judy

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