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Salutations From the Other Half

As Rachel has so kindly pointed out, I am Stuart, the other half of Ambidexteri. I’m excited to be actively pursuing another writing project, especially in the midst of the busyness of the senior year of college since this forces me to write more often. Not to mention that I’m looking forward to working with Rachel again.

Rachel and I have collaborated on a number of projects before, mainly screenplays, which has been a great experience for me as a writer—it’s taught me a number of things about my own writing and how other people function creatively (if you want to know more, you’ll have to stay tuned—we’ll be writing about that later on, which means you should follow us). I started writing in middle school and continued to do so after a great deal of encouragement from English teachers and a few friends, one of whom is Rachel. What I must say is unique about Rachel is her patience with my work. Sure, she enjoys reading what I manage to put out, but she also sends it back dripping in red ink. She doesn’t murder my writing; she loves it in a way a mother loves her child, nurturing but harsh when she needs to be.

A few things about me:

–       Ambidexteri is Latin (more to follow on that)

–       I’m also a senior in college, majoring in Physics and minoring in English

–       My writing is primarily fiction (for adults), poetry, and non-fiction, but I’ve dabbled in screenwriting and a little playwriting

–       I am headed to graduate school to study astrophysics

–       Last month, I ate lunch with Margaret Atwood. Of all things, we talked physics.

–       I recently read Oryx and Crake and have started plugging through The Year of the Flood

–       I love movies—before I hit physics in high school, I was certain I wanted to be a film director and even shot a few movies of my own

–       Some favorite authors of mine: Marie de France, Chaucer, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov

–       Some favorite poets of mine: Shakespeare, Keats, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, Louise Gluck, Maxine Kumin, Billy Collins

–       Some favorite playwrights: Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Friedrich Schiller, Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard

Rachel has already mentioned a few of our foci. Our hope is that this blog can provide a forum for discussion about the nature of reading and writing good literature.

Coming up next: a review of In the Next Room

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Greetings!

Hello, everyone! I’m Rachel, one half of Ambidexteri. I’m excited to start a blog dedicated to writing and to collaborate with Stuart on yet another project!

One of my favorite things to do in the world is write. I’ve been doing it almost as long as I can remember, and it’s a form of communication and expression that I can’t live without. I love creating stories and the characters that live in them. Despite writing for a long time, I’m still very protective of my writing; I’ve only showed it to a few people, ever. Stuart is one of these people. Besides being good friends, he and I are critique partners and it’s lovely, even if he is brutally honest with me all the time (or perhaps because he is brutally honest.)

Some things to help you get to know me:

-Part of the reason this blog is called Ambidexteri is because I am left-handed and Stuart is right-handed.
-I’m a senior in college, majoring in Acting and minoring in Creative Writing.
-As a writer, I dabble in fiction (mainly young adult), playwriting, screenwriting, and magazine writing.
-As a writer, I’m terrified of poetry.
-I aim to be a novelist and playwright as well as a working actor.
-I love movies, plays, and of course, reading.
-Currently, I’m reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and as I type this, I’m watching Cinema Verite.
-From January to June of this year, I lived in London, England, and it was one of the best times of my life.
-Favorite authors of mine include Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, John Green, Bill Bryson, and Ian McEwan.
-Favorite playwrights/screenwriters include Emma Thompson, Amy Sherman-Palladino, David Auburn, Sarah Treem, Donald Margulies, and Neil Simon.

In this blog, Stuart and I hope to cover a lot of bases: books we’ve read, writing exercises we’ve done, woes and triumphs in our work, and why we do what we do. What you won’t see are snippets of our work. As budding writers, we’re still honing our skills and as we have been advised, the internet is forever.

I’m really excited to start this blog and I hope you, reader, come back and visit us often. After Stuart writes his introductory post, I’ve got a review of a fantastic play, In the Next Room, coming your way!