I am Bronson O'Quinn
I'm a writer, web developer, layout designer, father, husband, cat dad, video game player, board game enthusiast, reality television watcher, unhealthy vegetarian food eater, leftist political podcast listener, sometimes poet, and one-time member of the official R.L. Stine Fan Club.
This is my website.
I grew up watching TV and playing computer games while secretly wanting to publish a book or two. I went to college for psychology because, ultimately, I wanted to write interesting, relatable characters (and learn to deal with my own crippling depression). After my mom passed away during my sophomore year of undergrad, I got a job as a grocery stocker, then an all-night baker, then a retail clerk at the nation's largest pawn shop/video game store while making just enough money so my local public university would let me re-enroll.
I got a Bachelors in English and Linguistics, started going to writing groups, and attended open mic poetry and slam sessions. I blogged for a year before a poetry press asked me to blog for them. I learned to code, worked at a library, then a college tutoring center, then a literary arts nonprofit. Now I'm writing fiction while making other people's websites (hence why this one gets ignored.)
I am in the process of editing a novel I started writing about 6 years ago. When people ask what I'm working on, I tell them, "It's like Clerks meets Catch-22, set in The World of Warcraft". If you are a literary agent, pretend I said something more marketable.
I love humor, which means my writing swings heavily between hope and despair. I like pulling intense drama out of the mundane or exploring monotony in fantastical worlds.
I self-published a novella in 2012 but haven't pursued publication since then, except for the little zines I produce. The Backlog is a video game zine in which I craft a focused essay around a single (often overlooked) video game. As an example, I examined how privilege helps the rich get richer in Wall Street Kid (NES, 1989). I explored the viral nature of influence in the Source mod The Hidden (PC, 2007). I even used my years of teaching narrative craft to explain why the indie browser game Don't Look Back (web, 2009) is one of the best video game stories ever told.
In 2011 I got my degree in English and Linguistics and decided to become a professional blogger. I self-published a novella about trash. I'm most proud of the cover I designed which isn't great, but it's fun.
I've written articles for local and online publications. I've been an active member in Lexington, Kentucky's local writing community. In 2013, I started blogging for Accents Publishing, a respected poetry press founded by Katerina Stoykova.
While there, I learned to code websites and helped create the Lexington Poetry Writing Challenge, a generative writing challenge held every year in June.
If you'd like to get in touch, please send me a message using the form below.