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  • #105995
    Michael Erasmus
    @michael-erasmus

      Hey there!

      I’m Michael. I write fantasy and sci-fi and have started dabbling in poetry. As a full-time programmer, I have to squeeze in hours for reading and writing, and I’ve neglected to interact with other writers. I’m hoping to change that here. From what I’ve seen, Story Embers’ content is top-notch while not backing away from Christian values; I love that!

      Oh, if you catch me posting at absurd times (for you), referring to the current season as summer, using outlandish phrases like “ag ‘n shame that’s lekker”, and forgetting to use American English, I assure you, I’m okay. Probably. See, I’m from South Africa, a beautiful country where we ride elephants, tame lions for pets, and have a fascinating variety of people, cultures, languages, and, most importantly, food. Okay, maybe food’s not the most important.

      Now, tell me, who are you?
      (I require at least one random fact about yourself. Please.)

      #106003
      Katthewriter
      @katthewriter

      @michael-erasmus

      Hello!

      Welcome to Story Embers!!

      I’m a writer, horse nerd, sort-of photographer,  and artist (gonna launch my buisness in a couple months).

      Ah, South Africa cool!

      Um random fact. … I’ve been bucked off a horse? Oh and I’m related to Laura Ingalls Wilder, from the Little House on the Parie books.

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      #106012
      Michael Erasmus
      @michael-erasmus

        Nice to meet you @katthewriter! Bucked off a horse, huh? That sounds painful. Also, Laura Ingalls Wilder…awesome!

        #106084
        Katthewriter
        @katthewriter

        @michael-erasmus

        Yep. It did hurt. Alot. Falling 6ft really hard really messes with your head. Like seeing extra colors for like 10 minutes. Extra greens and reds, like wearing 3D glasses when its not 3D. I somehow did not break or sprain anything.  Just got a rant bad bruise on my hip, so i limped around for a week. Then i was fine and got back on Buddy (that horse).

         

        Yep. 6th or 7th grandfather back is Charles(Laura’s dad)’ uncle.

        #106102
        Emberynus The Dragonslayer
        @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

        @michael-erasmus

        Hey!

        South Africa? That’s awesome!!

        Story Embers is an awesome place!

        What kind of stories do you write?

        I’m from Kentucky. I love the outdoors. My outdoor activities: I make walking sticks, hunt, trap, fish, blacksmith, do photography, garden, and make maple syrup. My indoor activities: Crocheting, knitting, painting, drawing, some sewing, a tiny bit of piano(I’m not very good at it at all 😉 ), cooking, and- most of all WRITE!!

        Random fact about myself: I almost cannot properly say statistics

         

        Sleep doesn't help if it's your soul that's tired.

        #106150
        Michael Erasmus
        @michael-erasmus

          Nice to meet you, @emberynus-the-dragonslay 🙂

          I write a variety of stories (it’s good to experiment), but mostly fantasy stories focusing on beauty in life and finding strength and hope in times of conflict or other trials. So…I like pretty descriptions and stories set in war (not for the violence, but the idea of protecting what one loves). What about you?

          Wow, that’s quite a list of hobbies. It’s good to keep busy like that!

          #106156
          Emberynus The Dragonslayer
          @emberynus-the-dragonslayer

          @michael-erasmus

          Cool. I write some fantasy, not alot. Mostly futuristic stuff.

          Yeah. I grew up on a farm, so I’ve had a lot of hobbies for quite some time.

          Sleep doesn't help if it's your soul that's tired.

          #106241
          Caseybold
          @caseybold

            Hi @michael-erasmus 😀

            Programming sounds difficult, but cool 🙂 What languages do you work in primarily?

            I love trying different cultures’ food. What’s your favorite South African dish?

            Do you have a story you’re working on now? I don’t write much fantasy or sci-fi, mostly historical or contemporary fiction, but I’m trying to read a little more of those genres lately. Are your favorite books sci-fi and fantasy too?

            Random fact: I can read at an average of 1 book/4 days, and my goal is to make it to 1000 books read by the time I’m 30 😀

            I'm nobody, Who are you? -Emily Dickinson 뜻이 있는 곳에 길이 있다.

            #106253
            Michael Erasmus
            @michael-erasmus

              Hey, @caseybold!

              It can be challenging, but that keeps it interesting. I work mostly in Ruby, Java, and JavaScript (and of course whatever front-end languages are applicable.)

              Hmm, favorite dish? I’m not sure I can choose a favorite, but if I had to choose one to eat right now, I’d go with boerewors en pap with a nice tomato-onion sauce. And milktart for dessert!

              Oh, that’s cool; historical fiction can be great, especially when it’s well-researched. Do you enjoy learning about history through your writing?

              Yes, I do have a WIP–a fantasy story about a simple village family separated by war; the kids are taken as slaves, while the father will do whatever it takes to find them. And yes, I do love books in these genres. 🙂

              Woah, 4 days!! That’s amazing! 1000 will be quite an accomplishment. Good luck, and enjoy!

              #108734
              Livi Ryddle
              @anne_the_noob14

              @michael-erasmus

              Hello, and welcome! I’m rather late in my welcome, but here it is anyways 🙂

              I’m Livi! I also write fantasy, and I also dabble in poetry. Programming is all well and good until I have to do it, which, luckily, I haven’t ever had to try to program XD It wouldn’t turn out well. At all.

              *coughs*

              Anyways.

              Random facts about me:

              I have a ridiculously wide and picky taste in music. That sounds contradicting, but it makes sense to me at least XD Like… I like rap, but it has to be some particular songs. (And I don’t like female rappers.) And I like the older country (Johnny Cash and others), but only a few particular songs/artists. *shrugs*

              The only time I full-out screamed was when I went on this one ride at the fair last year. I think it was called the Genesis. Idk though. But I’m not the screamy type. Never have been. If my brother jumps out and scares me, I just jump. No screams or yelps or anything. (I’m also a really quiet crier. No loud sobbing.)

              Anyone who meets me offline would think I’m an introvert. But I’m actually an extrovert with social anxiety. Not the same thing.

              I don’t think anybody here knows this, and certainly not many, if any, of my offline friends… I like romantic stories. Not the romance genre, but stories with a good (well-written) romance? *nods* I’m a fan of the sap. And I 100% want roses delivered to my door, sweet notes, sunset picnic dates at the park, etc. Huge romantic over here XD

              And one more…

              Hm. Trying to think of something interesting.

              Let’s do this instead… Ask me any question. Any question at all. Make it a good question. And if I’m comfortable answering it, I will do so.

              May the road rise to meet you,
              A smile always greet you,
              May our friendship be always true and strong

              #108736
              Michael Erasmus
              @michael-erasmus

                @anne_the_noob14

                Hello there!

                I get the “wide and picky taste” thing, though to me that comes in different forms. I love classical/orchestral pieces, but also love the heavier, more symphonic, metal genres (though I am very careful when it comes to lyrics). It may seem like two extremes, but they’re really not that different. Every other type of music tends to be…dull….for me.

                Genesis sounds futuristic. A worthy ride, no doubt!

                A socially-anxious extrovert? That’s different. But hey, each person has their unique, wonderful personality, so enjoy being you! I’m an introvert, but I care deeply for people and friendships, so I’m making an effort to break out of my shell. It’s scary at first, but it feels good.

                I only ever read one romance novel, and it was a bore. I get what you’re saying though; romance itself is dreamy. I also believe romantic love is deeper than many acknowledge; it’s not just a warm, giddy experience, but beautiful and powerful. Those sweet notes and sunset picnics are strong enough to set the heart alight. They are moments where two souls touch and experience the raw wonder of life. Anyway, I’m probably not making much sense, so I’ll just stop.

                Hmm, a question. There are so many, but let’s go with this one. What non-writing-related activity, hobby, or outing do you find fun?

                #108757
                Livi Ryddle
                @anne_the_noob14

                @michael-erasmus

                Ah yes… classical… 😀 I have two (or three?) CDs full of Mozart. *nods*

                😀 It was fun! Ish. I think I’d ride it again. Think of holding a pencil parallel to the floor, and, keeping it parallel, moving it in clockwise and counterclockwise circles along the plane that’s perpendicular to the floor. (Does that makes sense??) The pencil is the row of seats. So you don’t go around in circles like spinning teacups, but up and around like a clock. But you never go upside down. And you go really fast.

                *nods* Yep 🙂 Like I enjoy being at parties, and I enjoy talking to people, and I enjoy extroverted things, but if I get tons of people centering their attention on me? It’s exhilarating, but it’s also like nuh-uh. And it’s not just stage fright I’m talking about, necessarily. But… eh. I can’t explain it XD

                *nods again* Yep. (And no, you’re making sense 🙂 )

                Hm… There are lots XD I enjoy teaching myself to play the piano, though that gets frustrating sometimes. I also enjoy my martial arts lessons. A friend is giving me and my brother private lessons. (It’s a mix of things, so it’s not any one thing like Taekwondo.) I like; no, love. I love dancing. Line dancing in particular. The town I live in has a homeschool group (which I’m in), and we have an annual ball (like prom, but no dates required), so we have dance practice in the fall to get ready for that. I’ll be one of the instructors this year. 🙂 Aaaand I also like archery, though I haven’t done it in a while because I need to get a bow that has the right draw length.

                May the road rise to meet you,
                A smile always greet you,
                May our friendship be always true and strong

                #108781
                Michael Erasmus
                @michael-erasmus

                  @anne_the_noob14

                  That makes sense, yes. Unless it doesn’t and I just think I understand…

                  Hmm, maybe that “nuh uh” feeling is good, like humility? Either way, you’ll figure it out. Maybe.

                  Those all sound very cool, but you got me at archery. I love it! Always used to do compound bows, but the bells and whistles make it too easy. This year I moved on to a Hungarian horsebow and have been loving the “instinctive” approach. My dream is to have the horse to go with it. One day. 🙂

                  #108795
                  Livi Ryddle
                  @anne_the_noob14

                  @michael-erasmus

                  *grins* I sometimes think I’m like that with math. I think I understand it, and I think I know how to do it, and then I do it and it doesn’t work and I’m just like “How?? I thought I knew this??” XD

                  Maybe? I’m really not sure lol. But either way, socially awkward extrovert here 😛

                  Ah, nice! I’ve only ever used a compound bow, but I’d like to use a recurve and longbow at some point. (And I’m gonna be honest and say that maybe 55% of my interest in archery comes from the Ranger’s Apprentice series XD )

                  May the road rise to meet you,
                  A smile always greet you,
                  May our friendship be always true and strong

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