This is the first post of my new blog, Castle Mordrigault! I’m starting it for many reasons, which I will list below.
- I want to get myself into the habit of writing regularly, at least once a week.
- I’m making slow forays into the world of freelance writing, and a blog is the perfect place to share, and show off my work.
- I have other hobbies and interests beyond writing, and I want to share my thoughts on them as well. In no particular order of importance they are: games of all sorts, education (early childhood), politics, history, genre fiction, theater. I’m sure there are many others I’m forgetting.
- Sometimes I’m probably just going to treat this blog like a diary. I work with kids, and they tend to produce situations that are (at least to me) funny and often very compelling.
I chose WordPress for ease of use, and because I want to share the work that I have done, and hopefully will do. If you’re an educator working in K-6, I have a number of games, plays, and lesson plans I’ve been working on over the years that I want to share on this blog. Hopefully you’ll like them, and find them useful!
A little about myself. My name is Niall Sullivan. I live in lovely Northampton. Massachusetts, and I work in Amherst as an after-school coordinator, summer camp counselor, substitute teacher, and part-(part) time paraprofessional educator. I like working with kids, they’re often hilarious, and always interesting people to be around. The work I do with my kids depends on the context. If it’s an after-school or summer camp setting, I’m usually doing theater/creative drama, or arts and crafts. Otherwise I’m working under the watchful eyes of the Massachusetts public school system.
In my spare time, I write, I read interesting things, and I play a lot of games. I used to be an actor (as if you ever stop being one), and that’s another hobby I want to get back into. As far as freelance writing goes, I wrote up a rather large manuscript for use in a role-playing game (the Pathfinder RPG). This was a few years ago, and it sadly never got published, but it was a good learning experience, and it showed me that I can accomplish projects of that scale. My hope is to pick up other commissions with different gaming companies. I also have ambitions to write a novel for children/young adults. That project is still very much in the planning/dreaming stage, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Finally, I feel that I should explain my choice of title for the blog, “Castle Mordrigault.” The Castle is a place that tends to turn up a lot in my fiction, I’ve been using it for years. It usually takes the form of a dark, crumbling ruin, with a massive tree growing from the center. It has served a lot of purposes in many of the different stories I’ve written. It’s a place for beginnings, endings, and discovering truths about yourself. Those are all ideas that are relevant to the blog, and so it seemed a good fit.
That’s all, thanks for checking out my blog, and see you next time!