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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekend Wonder: AtypicalScott

General Questions…

Name: Scott Riddick
Penname: AtypicalScott
A sentence or two about yourself: I am unpublished. But I am a writer nonetheless.
Link to blog: http://atypicalread.blogspot.com
A sentence or two on what your blog is about: I try to make you think on a deeper level than you would if you saw the same material on the local news. I want to show and see by the comments that people are not always what they appear.

Book Lover Questions…

What is your favorite book and why?  A Confederacy of Dunces. The entire process is exactly what Atypical Read is about. The skewed vision of our world that is brilliantly funny, while tremendously painful in truth at the end.
Other favorites? Too many to name.
What’s your favorite genre to read? Sci-Fi Fantasy.
Where do you like to read? Any place that allows me the time to do so.
Do you prefer paper books or ebooks? Good books. Their format is not important.
Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? I buy great books, the rest a library compliments well.
Do you stop reading when you are tired or when you hit chapter breaks? Both, I try to hit a full chapter at each sitting. I do not like to skip out on a plot twist or crucial scene.
When you finish a book do you usually keep it, throw it away, sell it, or give it away? All the above, depending on the book.
What helps you decide on a book? (Book reviews, suggested by friend, by browsing the shelves, etc.) The first paragraph. A brilliant hook is and has always been the key to snaring readers.
Do you prefer to read a book that stands on its own or is a part of a series? Both.

So You Want to be a Writer questions…

A few sentences about your writing: What do you write (blog entries, novels, poetry, etc)? Why do you write? I write whatever feels right at the time. This can mostly be satire, but I try to write a little in all concentrations. I write because I have stories to share. And I love telling stories, although, the process of writing itself is a pain in the ass.
Did you always know that you wanted to write? Yes. It was first used as crappy poetry that helped me tremendously in my youth to manage my angst and deal with the frustrations of being a child in a single parent household.

Favorite Questions…

What’s your favorite food? Generally that which will shorten my lifespan
Favorite color? Clear
Favorite song? Silent Lucidity
Favorite movie? Too many to note. Directed by Lucas, Spielberg, and Jackson.
Favorite TV show? Stargates (all of them) battlestar galactica. (excellent writing) Californication (even better writing).

Random Questions…

If you developed a superpower what would it be and why? The ability to silence my critics. Ignorance needs to be exposed.
What did you want to be when you were little? A pro quarterback. 49er’s preferred. Why did not I pursue this you ask? Money and the lack thereof.
What is the answer to life? 42


  1. I love reading features - because I am intrigued and because I am nosey! ;)This is an interesting one too - Hello Scott! Good to meet you. Shah. X

  2. Hello Shah, the pleasure is all my own. And to go back to your first weekend wonder, the answer of 42 was not given for its universal noteriety, but for its simple conclusion to Life, The Universe and Everything...And because it adds up to six, which is also a number that has been placed on my forehead at times.

    Thank you for the nod and to all who check out Atypical Read.

  3. I listened to Confederacy of Dunces on Audiobook on a long road trip. My husband and I still shout out, "Whoa, hey!" in random need-a-good-laugh moments.

  4. Hi Atypical Scott,
    You have a very interesting feature. I also find your answer to life quite mysterious. It was nice meeting you and I'll go check out your blog as well.

  5. Yes, definately an interesing feature. I love your answer to why you write and I love that you write even though it can be a pain in the a**. I know how that feels!

    I also would like your super power at times. lol. I fell, especially in some of my creative writing classes that some people speak up to criticize solely for the sake of criticizing and that's not how it should work. You need to give credit where it is do and lay off sometimes.

    I felt really bad when my last class would not lay off of one guys story. They kept going on and on about one of point of his story that made perfect sense to me because I read a lot of stories that were in the same style as his. I couldn't help but shut them all down with a bit of friendly enthusiasm. lol.

  6. Was that in the same class as I? I feel like I know to which story you're referring.

  7. Matt...No, it was in my class last Monday. however, it has happened before as well. Someone else may have intervened.

  8. It reminded me of that one guy's story that people complained had generic Native American elements and didn't focus on any particular tribe. It was also criticized for being a bit graphic. Do you remember the story I'm talking about? I wasn't so critical of it, but I also didn't know anything about Native tribes.

  9. Hi, I am a new follower who found you through the “Hoppin Weekend” Blog Hop. I love to find new blogs to follow, so I’m looking forward to following yours. If you are able, I appreciate a follow back ~ I’m still a new blogger and a growing blog is a happy blog!
    Thank you!
    ~KerrieLynn ღೋ☙❤

  10. Matt...I do remember that. And it reminds me of a discussion topic that I want to post. It has to do with wether or not we should only write about what we know. On another blog, a conversation started about minorities in fiction and how they seem to be left out. One person suggested that people should write about what they understand, therefore, minority writing should be left to minorities or else it is criticized to the hilt. I should write that and get it up while it's fresh in my mind, but you mentioning that story is bringing it all back.

    The situation I was talking about was very similar to that one. Both were going for some style I have recognized in other works and people just weren't getting it, probably because they have never read anything like it. It seems specific to only some genres.

    The guy in our class had a native american feel, like how he talked about the earth and killing animals for food and honoring that animal, but that didn't mean it was necessarily a native american story.

    KerrieLynn...very cool. I am happy to have you here. I know how that new blogger feels. I only started about 4 1/2 months ago. It just gets easier and easier.

  11. I don't rightfully remember, but I believe within the story it was mentioned that the character was some native.

    I look forward to that post. It sounds to be a most interesting discussion.

  12. Matt...You could be right. It's been a while.

  13. Sort of went on a tangent there for a moment. Thank you again for the feature. I believe two of your readers are now readers of my own for it.

  14. Atypical Scott...Awesome! I am so happy it gave you that spotlight and you gained some great followers for it!


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