Samuel Patrick Flynn
Writer, Journalist, Author, Essayist
Hello there, I’m the pretentious asshole responsible for this blog.
Born and bred near Cleveland, Ohio, I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for almost my entire life. In my own life’s narrative, it began with my mother buying me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone sometime in 1999. I was seven years-old. To this day, I remember vividly returning home from a camping trip to discover it on my pillow. It only occurred to me years later that not only could I read books, I could write them.
When I was 11, I embarked on an odyssey that continues to this day – to finish and publish the first book in my epic fantasy series Tears of Elmaya, inspired by the same books that defined my childhood. More than a decade later, the series has changed probably more than I have; I’ve literally grown up with this tale in my head and it has evolved along with me. Whether I’m writing it or dealing with writer’s block, it is always on my mind and my life’s ambition is to see The Darkest Fate on bookshelves, digital or otherwise.
I left Cleveland for the first time in 2011 to attend Ohio University and study journalism. I’ve been a walking IMDb for as long as I’ve loved writing and combining the two became my path forward. Around this time, I discovered another passion – rapping. I’ve been writing my own lyrics since 2010 and producing my own music since 2015. Now, I’m under no delusions about being the next Eminem or (God help me) Macklemore. I just love hip hop with all my soul.
That (pretty much) brings us to today. I know my strength: I’m a writer in every sense of the word. How can I bring that skill to you, to help you, to benefit you? What stories can I tell? What information can I uncover? What insights can I offer? Those questions are what The Slog is for: for you, my readers, to get to know me and for me to get to know you.
I want to tear down these walls I put up, the barriers that separate us and, together realize we are more alike than we could ever thought. After all, you’re a human being, I’m a human being; we already have so much in common.