Today's WIP Wednesday is about honesty: a final tribute to the shifty Richard Ridyard.
Aaron Polson is my real name. I understand the need for pseudonyms. I respect most people who use them. Tricky Dick Ridyard, I do not. The "Aaron Polson" on Facebook from Australia is not me. There is a small town in Montana named "Polson" and a former liquor store in Manhattan, Kansas named Polson Liquor. I have no affiliation with either. The surname Polson is Scandinavian, meaning (at some point in history) Paul's son.
I teach at McLouth High School in McLouth, Kansas. The town has less than 1,000 residents. Our school district has nearly 600 students. You do the math...many of my students live in the rural areas near Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka. I teach English to our 11th and 12th grade students. Words are my friends. I chose English as a major because it was more challenging than math. True story.
I guess I hadn't taken the hard math courses yet.
My face is scarred from a bicycle accident when I was 19. I'd like to say it happened during a sweet trail ride, but alas, I wrecked 1/2 block from my house. I've worn glasses since I was in 2nd grade; I'm too lazy for contact lenses and stopped wearing those when I was 18.
My worst fear used to be death. Now, I make fictional characters die (or suffer worse fates) and it somehow makes me feel better. I've been writing since the summer of 2007. Yeah, I dabbled before, but nothing serious.
On some days, I feel like everything I do is a failure. I work harder on those days than any others.
The freedom of speech is the most valuable "possession" I have. I'm exercising it right now. I've made mistakes...many mistakes in life. Giving up hasn't been one of them, yet.
I finished writing "Shallow Drownings". It will take at least three edits before I'll release it to the wild. The final lines:
The man in the pool continued to rock. He began to hum a few notes from a simple lullaby.
“My God…Mick, who are you holding?”
Anything else you'd like to know?