Believe it or not, I was not born with the name, “Mike Firesmith”. When I started writing in 1992, at the age of 32, I had no idea that writing was something I might be able to do at all. All I knew is that I felt a compulsion to write. The first few attempts were just as successful as the Wright Brothers first aircraft. It was a painful and ungainly process. In 1997 I started writing online and found an audience.
Back in the early eighties I was in the Army. Basic training wasn’t nearly as hard as some of the jobs I had to that point so I had it pretty easy compared to the men who had left home for the first time. We spent the night on Scott Mountain and I am here to tell you it was cold, snowy, and miserable. The Drill Sergeant said if we could get a fire started in the burn barrels we could keep it, but they really didn’t think anyone could. I knew how to start a fire and I did. There was a guy who said something to the effect that I must have been a blacksmith or something like that to be so good with fire and another guy said, “He’s a Firesmith” and I liked it.
So Mike Firesmith became who I was when I was writing. It seemed appropriate. Writing was the fire I started when no one else thought I could do it.
So the question here is this one: Why did you choose the name you comment with?
Eyeball? Crispy? ( Grumpy seems to be self-explanatory). That1chick seems to be a little odd but I’m guessing that she feels like the only female in a male forum.
So why did you chose the name you sign off with?
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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