Author has written 6 stories for Naruto, Avatar, Resident Evil, Deadman Wonderland/デッドマン・ワンダーランド, and Harry Potter.
Methinks, by most, 'twill be confess'd / That Death is never quite a welcome guest.
ロ Mephistopheles (Faust)
Death twitches my ear. “Live,” he says, “I am coming.”
Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
ロ Stephen Vincent Benét
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
ロ Luke 9:24 (KJV)
To Whomsoever May Care;
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
There's a large part of me that cannot believe I actually just referenced Romeo and Juliet. But the line contains a very important sentiment, I think, one that - sadly - I have found few people who truly understand. We cannot be defined by one word, two words, or even by a million - though some have attempted such. No matter how we try, we will always come up short. Who I am is constantly changing, adapting, challenging and confirming old beliefs with new data or adapting or discarding them as experience and the data dictate. I am a work in progress (and thank God for that) and will be such until the day I die.
Thus, how can I tell you who I am, when I don't even know myself?
If, however, I had to try, I would define myself simply as a Christian. But this in and of itself is a paradox, for the Christian journey is an uniquely individual one. Yes, modern society (in America and elsewhere) has developed a cookie cutter idea of what a Christian is, and many people aspire to this idea, for better or worse. But insofar as the Christian believes that he is both unique and created for a purpose, that purpose cannot be the same for each Christian. Thus, there can be no cookie cutter Christian. We are all given different strengths, different struggles, and it is through these that we are all called to achieve vastly different things.
I have been given a love for stories, a mind for vocabulary, and quite the rapid reading speed (whether or not I've been given the gift of writing is another discussion entirely ;p). I also believe very strongly in the power of stories to change lives, to inspire people and drive them onward to ever greater and nobler goals. I believe this primarily because I have experienced it in my own life. It was a story on this site that led me first down the field of logic, from logic I moved to psychology, and from psychology to philosophy. And it was a story told by Plato that eventually led me to religion. I believe it is the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, that has saved me and it is the story of the martyrs, upon whose back the foundation of the Church is laid, that has maintained my faith time and time again.
When I first started writing these stories, I was in a completely different place than I am now. When I created this profile in 2009, not only was I an atheist, but I had zero understanding of my reason for writing these at all. It's been a long journey since then and much has become clear in the past two years. During that time, writing was a catharsis, my psyche's desperate attempt to maintain some sanity in an altogether meaningless world. It was a coping mechanism and as such, the emotion was far more important than the plot.
I no longer need to write in order to deal with things. And thus I am freed to write simply because I love to. I don't know how - if at all - God might use my stories to affect peoples' lives. But if through the words on these pages (read: computer screens), I might lead even one person down the same path I have followed, if I can help even just one person find peace, then I will consider my career as an author an unparalleled success.
Whether you believe or not - Christ's blessings to all of you,
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
ロ Ephesians 2: 8-10 (NIV)
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