On Writing a Bio

For this international flash fiction horror anthology that I'm involved with I need a picture and a bio. I've always been horrible at the bio thing. I think it's weird making a blurb about yourself, but... here we go.


I wish I took more pictures, but I don't want to do the taking part. I do have some and that's the first thing I want to work on. I have this picture sitting in the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones the television show (and A Song of Ice and Fire the book series). This was taken by a seemingly random, or was it fated, stranger at the renaissance fair in Holly, Michigan earlier this year. That could be a good one, I mean it is horror.


This Harry Potter based picture where I'm posing as an escaped prisoner from Azkaban Prison is pretty cool. This was taken by Jelitza at Potter in the Park in Spart, Michigan earlier this year. I think that still fits pretty well. I have a few other pictures from there, but only one other one that I think would really work (the chocolate frog and Umbridge ones definitely won't work). I think the one where the Death Eater is sucking out my soul could work though.







This picture of me with the Lincoln Towncar from earlier this year probably won't work.


This picture of me and a stingray at the zoo in Omaha, Nebraska probably won't work. A stingray actually bit me on this trip.


This picture of me celebrating hitting the deer target with the atlatl at the Michigan Heritage Park in Whitehall, Michigan won't work.


This picture of me as a pink? Ninja Turtle in Frankenmuth, Michigan won't work.


This picture in the basement of an odd nicknack store in Newaygo, Michigan when I was at the Logging Festival and Lumberjack Competition won't work.


This poorly done selfie from a Quidditch tournament at Grand Valley State University won't work.


And this picture of my Dark Mark temporary tattoo from a few days ago also won't work.


Alright, all of that searching and I think I'm going to go with the first one. Unless there's a reason to change it I think that will work.

Now, I actually have to do this bio thing. I did write down a few notes. It has to be under 100 words. So, let's just write something and then look at what came out.

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Jeffrey Alexander Martin: reader, writer, teacher, editor, speaker, theologian, philosopher, and literary analyst (all of these should be preceded with the word rogue). He has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, climbed a mountain, swam through a group of freshwater jellyfish while scuba diving, rafted whitewater, peddled a bike over a mountain range, ran with bulls, jumped horses, bruised his ribs doing winter ice luge, vomited blood in Africa, received a black eye and a bloody nose in a tomato fight, and has four major spinal deformities. He's just a simple guy with a simple life from Michigan, USA. No one has ever called him eccentric a single time in his entire life. He is oddly transparent at JeffreyAlexanderMartin.com

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I feel like that was too many words.

Yep, it was 120 words. Also, I just realized that I am going alligator wrestling in Colorado in a few days, but I can't include it because I haven't done it yet. You did read the part about wrestling alligators in Colorado in November correctly, in case you were wondering.

Alright, what to cut? What if I skip that beginning part? I'm not sure how much it really adds anyway. Let's try it.

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Jeffrey Alexander Martin: He has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, climbed a mountain, swam through a group of freshwater jellyfish while scuba diving, rafted whitewater, peddled a bike over a mountain range, ran with bulls, jumped horses, bruised his ribs doing winter ice luge, vomited blood in Africa, received a black eye and a bloody nose in a tomato fight, and has four major spinal deformities. He's just a simple guy with a simple life from Michigan, USA. No one has ever called him eccentric a single time in his entire life. He is oddly transparent at JeffreyAlexanderMartin.com

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Wow! That came to exactly 100 words. That seems serendipitous. I'm going to leave it. If alligator wrestling goes really well maybe I'll cut something and add it too.


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I've written two fictional pieces that I like so far.

"The City of Peace" - A future history science fiction utopia/dystopia action adventure in a framed story of a father telling his son a story about the child's grandfather.

http://www.jeffreyalexandermartin.com/2017/08/the-xprize-writing-contest-part-5-of-5.html

"The Birth of Hanniba'al" - A dark, somewhat alternative, historical origin story for the Carthage General Hannibal.

http://www.jeffreyalexandermartin.com/2017/11/write-michigan-short-story-contest-part_30.html


Here are three of my most popular posts.

"The Making of a Great First Line in Fiction"

http://www.jeffreyalexandermartin.com/2017/12/the-making-of-great-first-line-in.html

"A Letter to My Niece in 2034"

http://www.jeffreyalexandermartin.com/2017/12/a-letter-to-my-niece-in-2034.html

"The Most Important Question in Philosophy - Part 4 of 4"

http://www.jeffreyalexandermartin.com/2017/11/the-most-important-question-in.html


You can find more of what I'm doing here: http://www.JeffreyAlexanderMartin.com

You can support this page at https://www.patreon.com/JeffreyAlexanderMartin

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