Joshua Robertson, Author of Melkorka
Jack Of All Trades
During my school years, I remember gawking at my extraordinary peers. Even in a small town with a class of barely thirty, there was an all-star athlete, a musical prodigy, a funny man, and a girl with perfect genetics. I watched them. I learned from them. I strived to have their talent, their jokes, or even their looks. As depressing as that may sound, I would not say that I was that saddened that I was not them. I was rational enough to understand that each had their fault, despite their perceived grandeur. I understood that I was captivated by the grass being greener, if you will. But, in the end, I respected each person for their distinct humanness.
Still, I was envious that I had mastery in none of their areas. I was an average looking guy that played sports, played guitar, and occasionally shared a witticism that caused an inharmonious uproar within the classroom. I jumped from clique to clique with relative ease, whether it was the jocks, the nerds, or the thespians. I was what one would consider a Jack Of All Trades. It took me a while to figure out what that meant exactly. Eventually, I learned that it meant that I was a writer.
I started writing snippets of fantasy and horror around the age of nine, created a handful of tabletop games by thirteen, had a collection of poetry and short stories by fifteen, and had completed my first fantasy novel at seventeen. Although I had a copyright, a literary agent, and the intent, I did not publish this novel. I suppose that I could have been like Christopher Paolini [author of Eragon] but I concluded that just because I had written a novel did not mean it was worth publishing. I told myself that no one would like it. So, I wrote another and another and another…
As you can imagine, this went on for a while. In the interim, I finished graduate school with a degree in Social Work, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. In my spare time, I studied philosophy, logic, literature, history, religion, public speaking, education, business, and politics. I also started a family and bought a house and maintained a promising career. I did adult things – the things that responsible, masters-of-their-craft, grown-ups do when they get old and lose sight of their dreams. I started identifying myself as an aspiring author who had never even sent his rough draft to the ‘Big 5’ publishers. I was successful by all measures of the adult standard, but I was not complete.
In 2013, I took a leap of faith. I started to blog again and began writing purposefully. I was met with overwhelming support and kindness. In 2014, I co-created a tabletop game, Thrice Nine Legends, based on my dark fantasy stories. My children’s book, Bo Bunny and the Trouble, was self-published on Lulu. In addition, I wrote countless stories, poems, and took part in many writing projects. Then, as if solidifying my decision, I embarked on the journey of owning my own small press, Crimson Edge Publishing Company.
I have a passion for storytelling, whether I am the speaker or the listener. There is a sense of community among authors and readers that captures the human spirit in a way hardly found anywhere else. I love that! As I continue on my path towards my dream, I would invite you to come along with me. In fair warning, know that I am a Jack Of All Trades. Neither do I expect exceptionality from myself, nor perfectionism from you. Writing is about sharing a story, finding connection with the characters, and discovering meaning in the words. It is my hope that we can inspire one another in doing just that.
Joshua began crafting the world for Melkorka in 1999, and has since continued writing flash fiction, short stories, poems, children’s books, and epic fantasy novels. Joshua is the author of the transitional children’s book, Bo Bunny and the Trouble. He is also the co-creator of the fantasy tabletop game, Thrice Nine Legends, due to be released in 2015. Joshua currently lives in Alaska with his wife and children.