Author has written 8 stories for Misc. Comics, I Am Legend, Outsiders, Grand Theft Auto, and Jumper series.
Updated October 23, 2011
Hey, I'm Wheatbread. My pen name comes from the English translation of my Grandfather's Cherokee name, Oouchalatah, pronounced "ooh-chah-LEH-tuh." Grandpa had movie-star looks coupled with a scrappy short-man's temper and attitude. He was a hunter and story-teller who'd already lost all but about six fingers by the time I came along. I remember him explaining to me how he'd wrestled a grizzly bear once. I asked him, "Did it chew off your fingers, Grandpa?" Oh no, nothing so obvious! He replied, "I got these two fingers here tangled in its ear and when it kept trying to turn its head to bite my hand, that bear ended up so dizzy it finally just gave up and ran off, taking my fingers with it. They're probably still twisted together in its ear to this day. In fact there's a legend about a mean old grizzly up in the hills the pioneers call 'Old Deuce,' and I have a sneaking suspicion its wearing my fingers in the victory position." I think Grandpa had at least a couple whopper-tales for each missing digit. He died way too early, of cancer; nevertheless, he was around long enough to become one of my lifetime heroes. Most of what I know about him now comes from my Dad, also a wonderful story-teller. Anyway, that's my little tribute to my roots.
What I've been doing lately: Well, it has been a long time since I've contributed anything to Fanfiction. Life has a way of intervening. Probably at least another month will pass before I post anything on my Survivor's story again. As of this update I'm getting ready to try the NaNoWriMo.org challenge this November. For those of you who have not heard about it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Online participants will try to write a 50,000 or more word novel on that website during the month of November. Right now, I'm try to get organized before the actual writing begins. I've got some ideas for a novel that I've been working on in my mind for several years, and am planning to finally make a go at it this Fall.
You can still read some of my earlier stories and chapters. I have a couple short humorous sketches in The Outsiders category. And if you don't have a lot of time, there is always my Far Side based writings. Most are short, easy reads. Yeah, they may be dorky. But I've tried to keep with the original spirit that inspired them in Gary Larson's head. I'd love to hear what you think.
My I Am Legend spin-off, A Survivor's Story is still on the shelf for now. Again, I'll wait at least until after November to work anymore on it. I had never written a book-length story in my life, so this was something new and exciting for me. It has been well over three years now that I first started telling about Jeremy and his woes off the top of my head after seeing the theatrical release. I did not know what I was venturing into at the time, but looking back at this point I can say it has been one of the most satisfying processes I've ever been involved in. I'm not going to say it is the best writing you'll ever read. I hope it isn't, or I pity you. But it could be one of the best things I've ever done simply because of what I've been learning through it about the writing process.
Thanks in advance for any reviews. If you leave an anonymous review for my Survivor's Story, be sure to check in now and then into the forum I started. I especially like it when someone gives me a really useful tip, and I am trying to do that for others whenever I can. It isn't with a spirit of mean-ness. I want to be a good writer someday, and I assume the rest of you want the same thing for yourselves. Let's help one another get better...agreed?