However all men dream and I suppose I do too. I often sit in reverie wondering what it would be like to sit at literary award ceremonies considered an underdog for the top prize. I think about how it would feel to walk into a café in Edinburgh to find a beautiful girl reading a copy of my book.
I don't thinks this makes me less of a McRenegade. In fact I think this is what makes me a McRenegade. My writing is about as honest as possible, as are my intentions and dreams. Nothing wrong with giving the mind a treat now and then.
My story begins with McStorytellers, as many of our stories do; the website and the feedback I received from it gave me the confidence (and the arrogance) to write more. I was living in Scotland then, Edinburgh to be exact, and surrounded by a city that punches you in the face with inspiration all day long. I began writing short stories, many of which can be found on McStorytellers and I completed my first novella, The Care Home, which can also be found through McStorytellers.
Since then, one of my short stories, Crack: it gives you wings, has been made into a short film and the same film makers and I are now working on adapting my novella into a feature length movie. I say this not to brag but only to show what can happen from writing and allowing your writing to be used by alternative indie writing websites like McStorytellers. It is surprising how many people out there are looking for and reading indie literature.
This is why I feel so comfortable now about my indie label. I wear it as a badge of honour where in the past I probably saw it as stepping stone to Harper Collins (aye right then shun).
I leave you with a drunken rant:
Whisky and Why
I guess most of us don't really want to write, we just want to be writers. Maybe that's just me but I doubt it. The difference is that they were writers and thus became what we aspire to become, only we expect to do it without actually writing anything of importance, anything of substance or imagination or originality or love or life or sex or drugs or or or or...... whisky and why.
I always feel the same regardless of what happens, whether it be a short story, a novella, a script, a short film, a trip to L.A., a feature length movie, a review, a whatever the fuck, I always feel the same. I am a criminal in a world where Wilde is the law, a charlatan in a world where Orwell is the truth, a vagabond in a world where Ellis is the establishment. Fucking whisky....... whisky and why.
Whisky. That's why.
Originally from South Shields, Lee is a twentysomething adopted Scot who writes poetry and fiction. His acclaimed first novella, The Care Home, is a McStorytellers publication. It can be viewed on McVoices.