So this is me. Me in progress, I’d like to think.

My name is William Neil Scott. I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1980. One of my earliest memories isn’t actually a memory, but a story I’ve been told so often that it’s become clearer than a memory. It’s from about a week after I was born when my parents took me to see the ocean for the first time. My mother felt it was very important that it, the ocean, be one of the first things I experienced as a child. And while I cannot possibly remember that day, I feel like I can from the story. I can imagine my parents, younger than I am now, walking by themselves down the beach taking turns holding me. I can smell the sand, the sea-salt. All of it.  It’s just a story, that, but it’s one that sticks with me. I’m a writer and I’ve written one novel, Wonderfull, which is a collection of all of these little family stories fictionalized in a way reminiscent and inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. That story I just told you about the ocean? It’s in Wonderfull too.

I am almost thirty years old. I will be thirty this year. A couple of years back I married my amazingly funny French-Canadian wife, Tara. We bought a house. We’ve started filling it with dogs. Two for now, one from a puppy and one adopted. I still haven’t completely warmed to the adopted dog yet, but there’s still a lot of time left. Planning on kids soon. My wife is in marketing communcations and I am a writer who works at a local oilfield services company. Because it’s Calgary, right? Alberta, Canada. That’s where we live. Where I’ve lived since ’88 when we immigrated to Canada just in time to miss the Olympics. I’ve been in this city longer than anywhere else in the world and I love it dearly, which is a quality that seems quite rare here. Most people here want to leave.

Like I said, I’ve written one book and I’m currently hard at work on a number of other projects, including The Illustrator. a magic realist account of the Great March of the North West Mounted Police in the 19th century, and a fantasy novel entitled How to Evict a Dragon: A Goblin’s Guide to Courage.

And this is my blog. I hope you like it. If you don’t, wait a bit. We’re just getting started.