i write under the name of Mr. Round Square Chumoto. he has bigger ideas and thoughts to air. Life for him in the physical realm is a big rounded square where parts never fit that easy. Thatís why his characters in the fictional world have eternal conflicts. Mr. Round is not explaining the riddle through his writing; heís simply presenting it like a mirror for you to reflect the puzzling image. He
In the beginning…
I was so impressed by the Bible stories and the amazing characters that dominated the landscape of the Biblical fairyland. So much so that during a bible story telling, I was able to add colour and fill in details imaginatively that I thought were missing out to make them lively dramatic and picturesque. This created mistrust from my teachers. But my passion in story telling had been born. Particularly the drama bit.
Passion developed in school.
I went through early schooling reading all the stories that I could lay my hands on. My mother who was a teacher, fed my passion for reading. I never learn consciously how to read. I just found myself reading. And this translated to my writing. While my classmates were stumbling and looking lost in juggling words to write, my teachers were getting entertained by my ability to write so easily. Teachers often discussed my essays and when I left primary school; my path to be in the writing world, had been decided. ‘Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been re-born.’ One particular teacher would say of my writing.
Most of my stories were actually developed during those early days. My primordial thoughts go to those days when I was writing to while time away and enjoying my stories. I remember in high school when I wrote the most interesting dream that my English teacher was so impressed that he made me read it during the morning assembly. And the kids were amazed.
No wonder, by fate or destiny, I took English and literature in college. By the time I brushed my brains with the serious writers during the literary appreciation classes, I knew that serious writing was in my blood because that’s what attracted and impressed me most. Their philosophical droppings manured my mind and made me water my mind from their work. My ambitious passion to over-do and beat them in their own game is what has kept me going. Beating the likes of Sophocles, Tolstoy, Moliere, GBS… is still a dream, but has downsized to just trying to be like them. And entertain my readers to put a smile in their faces long enough, of course, to put 'mooney' in my pockets.
A Sunday newspaper humour writer Wahome Mutahi left in me a deep lasting impression for a knack for short stories and humour. I vegetated in his humour pieces in the newspaper and secrets that he ‘Whispered’ every other Sunday into my ear.
ĎMr. Round Square Chumoto: B.A., Ancient and Modern Humour Writing from Royal Institute of Writing, M.A., Humour Studies. Awards achieved; Honorary Humour Warrior two years running, Overall Winner; Lord of Humour Prize. Positions held; Dean of the Faculty Humour Mongering, Research Fellow Gallows Humours from the International University of Humour Geniuses, Secretary University Humours and Jokes Committee.
looking for an agent/editor/publisher who will go through my dozens of short stories, four plays (comedies& tragedies) and two novels.
meanwhile keep on writing as much as i can.