LitReactor Community Spotlight: David Buglass
This week’s Community Spotlight is shining directly onto longtime member David Buglass.
David joined LitReactor way back in November of 2011, after discovering it through Chuck Palahniuk's Twitter feed, and has been a regular supporter of all things LitReactor ever since.
You’ll most often find David giving kudos and support to other community members for their projects, and this alone is, in my opinion, a great reason to feature him this week. But let’s not forget that he has his own writing out in the world! David currently works on serial fiction for his site, Unending Serial. My first thought when looking it over was, why do serial fiction?
I like to think of it as writing in the open. An attempt at writer's discipline. I use the commitment of posting something regularly as a prod to the buttock to write. A lot of the stories are kind of rough, but I am currently going back and compiling and editing the stories. I hope to turn them into a collection or a novel. It's hard to maintain that regularity. I originally meant to release a story a week, but it has worked out to more like once a month.
The Unending Serial is the story of a man wandering a frozen, post-apocalyptic world. He saves damsels, tries to keep his hat on his head (but it’s a bowler, not a fedora), and avoid the pain of death.
I talked to another community member, Jeffrey Grant Barr, about the serial and he described it thusly:
It's a post-apocalyptic bizarro tale of masturbation, sex, donkeys, snow, and a parrot whose only word is 'Cocksucker!' But most importantly, it's about a hat. If Magritte wrote fiction and did a lot of drugs, he could have written it. It has lots of humor, sex, violence, and nihilism: so a little something for the misanthrope in all of us.
Some of the earlier stories are accompanied by a stock photo to sum up the theme of that installment. But later on David blesses us with some genius drawings that do a much better job. They up the enjoyment factor by about ten.
His first story there is "The Pit," but there are eighteen stories already archived, more than enough to keep you reading and entertained while David whips out some new material for us. And in case the title didn’t warn you, it’s unending. In theory, you could have new content until you die. Not to mention he is putting all this out there for free – simply for the love of the art. So no excuses, get out there and read some fiction.
David has been a writer since school. In high school he wrote the same thing we all wrote, bad poetry and ridiculous science fiction. After the angsty hormones began to lessen, he gave writing up for a bit, assuming no one was interested. Little did he know that one day I would be emailing him random questions about his life! David Buglass, you have arrived.
Like so many of us, David never lost the need to tell stories. It followed him around sparking his imagination and coercing him to create things that don’t exist, but probably should.
Writing is the best way to tell a story without "needing" anyone else and there is no requirement to look presentable while you do it.
His favorite authors are Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett.
Both of their work are filled with startling original whimsy. And humour is used to explore very dark and serious topics.
This appreciation for dark humor flows into David’s own writing. Reading his serial is a treat and will entertain you above all else. The best word to describe David’s writing is “fun”. They’re the kind of adventure stories that make you smile when you read them.
The last, and possibly most important, bit of information I want to share with you about David is something he threw at me almost as an afterthought, never realizing I would latch onto and write about it. He told me his guilty pleasure television show is Gilmore Girls. The delight I had at discovering this is indescribable, for I love that show and watched it religiously when it aired. One of the great things about meeting people on the internet is finding unexpected commonalities.
I pressed David for more information on Gilmore Girls.
"Luke is probably my favourite character. He's a good male role model. With all his flaws. He's always there when people need him, even if he doesn't want to be. If most men could be like him it would be a grumpier, kinder world. And it's always fun watching him get upset about something."
I can’t think of a better ending to a spotlight than this.
David is, simply put, a really nice guy. His tells entertaining stories and wants you to read them – for free! If you haven’t “met” David, go say hello.
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