About Myself and the Blog

Welcome to my blog! My name is Alex Brown, and I am an aspiring writer in both the creative field, as well as the critic field. I was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 20th, 1996, and ever since I started college in September 2014, I realized that I wanted to be a writer. I realized that the best way I express myself is when I write something down, as I can be really bad at pronouncing things at times. I am currently pursuing an English Major at St. Francis College, and hope for the best in the future!

On this blog, you will see me post my fiction writings. Any and all posts on this blog will revolve around the short stories I write. If you are interested in my music critique, you can see my work by going to Metal Lifestyle.

My inspirations for my creative writing come mostly from music, honestly. There are certainly books that have given me inspiration throughout my years, such as John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, but a lot of what has influenced me to be a writer was from the lyrics of the music I listened to. If I had a to choose a favorite lyricist, I would say it’s a tie between Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore) and Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), but I am also very inspired by Jordan Dreyer (La Dispute), Jason Aalon Butler (letlive.), Kendrick Lamar, Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel), and plenty of others. In terms of authors, my biggest influences come from the previous two I mentioned, as well as Homer, J.R.R. Tolkien, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket. Of course, I hold many other authors, such as J.K. Rowling, to a very high regard as well.

“The Blackbelt Nihilist” is a name that came from a friend of mine while we were having a laugh about people who take philosophy way too seriously. While we were making fun of these types of people, he said “Dude! I’m a blackbelt nihilist!”, and that just stuck with me. The first short story I will be posting on this blog will also be titled “Black Belt Nihilism”, so I believe it’s fitting to have a pen-name that relates to my first story.

I believe that’s all for now! I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I do writing them!