About Me

Hi, I’m Ariel Cortíz de León, a writer living in North Carolina. I have thoughts about stuff and I’d like to share it with you.

I am unpublished and largely fail to finish every story I start. Right now I’m between writing projects (that’s what I call it when I have shelved the last thing I worked on and settling on a new idea is going poorly) and thought this would be a good time to start a kind-of-writing project that may give me more external validation than pure writing does.

I write sci fi and fantasy. I’m looking to branch out into other genres but I haven’t quite decided what those should be. I enjoy collaborating but do it infrequently due to a busy schedule. I have collaborated in the past with my favorite artist, Jules Ruiz, @EastWindBlues on Twitter. He knows story inside and out – he’s the first person I go to when I have a new idea and always gets a chance to read my work first. I’ve done Nanowrimo so many times I can’t count, but I’ve only finished it 5 times, from 2010 to 2014. Can’t say whether it was ultimately valuable to my writing in general, but at least it was all excellent practice. However, I have no finished novels and a couple halfassed short stories and flash fiction. I do use a pen name when I write, but posts about my life do feature real stories.

I do love to connect with people, so feel free to drop me a comment or send me a tweet! Outside of writing and talking about writing/story/character I also: bake, knit and do cross stitch, intend to start an herb garden that I never start, and know way too much about real estate. I like to kayak, explore caves that I can stand up in, find lovely locally-owned shops, annoy people I love, and sing to my cats. I love hearing about other’s success in life and I have lots of anxiety-inducing thoughts about the environment and the future of humanity, which I may or may not feel like addressing in this blog.

Let’s interact!

Follow me on Twitter for spontaneity and interaction with other writers. Follow me on WordPress for longform thoughts and also ranting. Some of it may be about writing, but I can’t promise anything.