Who is Victor A. Davis?
Why Short Stories?
It’s hard to say. One might be tempted to ponder about the shortening attention spans of the younger generations of the digital age. Except I don’t even play video games. I don’t own a smartphone. Not even a T.V. I can curl up with a book for hours. Somehow the books that grab me are collections. I prefer Mark Twain’s essays over Huck Finn. I liked Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies better than The Namesake. I love
Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe. So not only do I prefer reading short stories, It’s also just the medium that comes most natural to me when writing. I’ve never tried writing a full length novel before, and poetry only confuses me. EDIT: Check out the page I’ve dedicated to my favorite short stories: Shortie A-List
. Also, looks like I will
be attempting a novel after all: Wick: Journals and Letters of a Confederate Expat
Where have you traveled?
I’m actually not that well traveled, at least as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never been out of the country (except to Niagara Falls back before you needed a passport). I was never athletic in school, but I joined an outdoor club in college and started rafting, rock climbing and trail running. In 2011 a friend invited me to go to Hawaii with her, which was my first real backpacking trip. Since then, I’ve hiked in Vermont’s Green Mountains, Big Bend in Texas, and the Benton MacKaye and Appalachian Trails. In 2014 I quit my desk job in Atlanta to move up to the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. I try to get out as much as possible, and journal my adventures.
That’s easy. Atlas Shrugged
. Fahrenheit 451
, Music of the Spheres
, Ender’s Game
, Slaughterhouse Five
, Lord of the Flies
, The Crucible
, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
, The Jungle
, The Miracle Worker
, Free Culture
, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
, The Selfish Gene
, The Child Thief
, The Fabric of Reality
, East of Eden
, Winter’s Bone
, Watership Down
, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
, The Shell Collector
, Fermat’s Enigma
, Ultramarathon Man
, Night in Funland and Other Stories
, The Snow Child
, Life of Galileo
, The Secret Life of Bees
, The Better Angels of Our Nature
, The Coming Fury
, The October Country
. I’m sure there are more but I have not read them yet! I usually like “modern classics,” that is, 19th and 20th century writers like John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman who managed to lodge themselves in history books and win Pulitzers and Nobels.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Ghandi
“The cure for writer’s block? Travel.”
“There are an infinite number of good books in the world, and only a finite amount of time in which to read them.”
“Artist: An art lover who sees a void in the art they love, and seeks to fill it.”
“Every man is modern in his own time.”
I hated the name at first! As soon as I signed up for a hosting account I started trying all the domains I could think of and they were all taken. Those bastards! Finally, I settled on this silly-sounding mashup of the words “media” and “discover” and just decided to live with it. It’s grown on me. What I like about it now is that there’s nobody to compete with. It’s my personal portmanteau. I’m the first hit on google when you google “mediascover” because it’s a unique combination of letters. If I called myself “Victor’s Awesome Blog,” there’s less chance of accomplishing that because each word on its own is so common. So it is better for SEO to have a short, unique word or phrase that nobody else has, hopefully that’s also easy to sound out and spell. Perhaps one day I’ll get so famous it’ll be added to the dictionary!
Who is Richard Yee?
Richard H. Yee (Apr 28, 1987 – Jun 16, 2009) was one of my few friends in High School. We got into writing at about the same time. Like me, he gravitated to short stories. Like me, he was a lover of books and movies. We were pretty competitive, both starting blogs around the same time, self-publishing our first books at around the same time. We even wound up in the same career. He’s the best writer I’ve ever personally known. He died in an accident in 2009 at 22. He had just graduated from Georgia Tech, moved into his first apartment, gotten his first desk job, and published his first book. Although his portfolio is small and will never grow, I feel compelled to carry his work alongside mine so the world will always know he was a great author. Tragic though this sounds, don’t be fooled: his work
is hysterical and inappropriate. His favorite authors were David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk.
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