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Hi! I’m Fredrick

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Welcome to my website. I’m honored to have you – no matter what form you take (human, animal, or extraterrestrial).

I’m an INFJ. That makes me 65% introverted, 80% intuitive, 66% feeling. I’m obsessed with stories. Tell me a good one, and I’ll be your friend for life.

I earned a creative writing degree from Wright State University in 2002. Thereafter, I spent seven years working as a journalist in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. Since then, I’ve worked a wide range of jobs – all the while on a quest to tell more stories. Please sign up for my email newsletter, so we can stay in touch!

My 2016 writing stats

16,587 words

# words written
Updated: 1/29/16

My 2015 writing stats

122,713 words

# words written
Updated: 12/31/15

25 literary agents queried

Updated: 9/4/15

24 literary agents who rejected me

Updated: 11/1/15

1 literary agents who signed me

Thank you for taking a chance on me, Jenny Bent!
Updated: 11/1/15

We are what we do

Outside of writing fiction, Fredrick’s been diligently assembling one of the largest resumes known to man. Here’s a list of jobs he’s held:

  • Dishwasher
  • Cook
  • Lumberyard laborer/forklift operator
  • Copy Editor
  • Features Reporter*
  • Technology Columnist
  • Scooter driver for a mobile advertising company*
  • Photographer for a real estate appraiser
  • Flower delivery boy
  • Barista
  • Bookseller
  • Production assistant on television commercials for McDonald’s and Hidden Valley Ranch
  • Tile setter/helper
  • Director of marketing communications**
  • Social media manager
  • Web developer
  • Freelance writer/blogger/web designer/graphic designer**
  • Text-graphics integrator
  • Direct-mail advertising salesman***
  • Third-shift security Guard****

* Intensely loved this job
** Ongoing
*** Intensely disliked this job
**** Didn’t realize how incredible this job was

Fredrick’s Beliefs

  • Coincidences aren’t always coincidences
  • The only way you can accomplish anything great is by implementing a system
  • We should all grow a bit every day
  • The worst thing you can do is belittle or embarrass someone else
  • You can’t be upset, morose, or pissed if you’re feeling grateful
  • Being born in the U.S. is like winning the cosmic lottery
  • Always measure your progress from where you started; not by where you’re going

Personal Mottos

  • Plus Ultra
  • “Roam in the world as a lion of self-control.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

General Life Goals

  • Write a book that changes the way millions of children and adults look at the world
  • Find an agent for The Very Strange and Very Secret Trashcan Club (accomplished 10/29/15 – Check out my post: The Day I Got an Agent)
  • Obtain a Guinness Book World Record
  • Have my own Wikipedia entry
  • Be a husband who empowers my wife to achieve her wildest and boldest dreams
  • Be a father who empowers my children to achieve their wildest and boldest dreams
  • Help my wife create and complete an incredible bucket list

Bucket List

  • Visit Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Drive on New Zealand’s Highway 6
  • Go on a storm-chasing trip and see a tornado
  • Take my daughter on a ride on a motorcycle with a sidecar
  • Drive Highway 1 in California with my family in a convertible
  • Give a graduation speech for a high school or college
  • Attend an interesting summer camp with my entire family
  • Camp out in a redwood tree
  • Visit Antarctica
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Take at least two Cincinnati Heritage Program tours
  • Take my kids on an overnight bus ride to Manhattan
  • Visit the Cloisters in Manhattan

Novels I love

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • It, Stephen King
  • Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami
  • The Blade Itself series, Joe Abercrombie
  • The Mistborn series, Brandon Sanderson
  • Game of Thrones series, George R.R. Martin
  • Kingkiller Chronicle series, Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (including The Hobit, of course), J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Thief of Always, Clive Barker
  • Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
  • James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  • Faeries, Alan Lee and Brian Froud
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4, Sue Townsend
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • Ender’s Shadow, Orson Scott Card
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Stand, Stephen King
  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Separate Peace, John Knowles

Non-Fiction I love

  • Chasing Daylight, Eugene O’Kelly
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
  • Choose Yourself, James Altucher
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
  • Zero to One, Peter Thiel
  • Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  • Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins

Essays I Love

  • Life is Short, Paul Graham (founder of Viaweb and Y Combinator) on eliminating bullshit from your life

Principles I live by

  • It takes 10 years to become great at something. Thus, you can only become great at 6 or 7 things. Choose carefully!
  • No big goal can be accomplished without incredible amounts of focus.
  • Life is either daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller
  • Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, rebels and troublemakers. The ones who see things differently because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

2015 Life Lessons

  • Always do the most uncomfortable things on your to-do list first – the things that have some chance of rejection or generating conflict. Your day will be less stressful, and you’ll free up mental bandwidth to focus on what you’re doing (via Tim Ferriss).

2014 Life Lessons

  • Productivity is not the end goal; it’s a method to arrive at your end goal. Don’t be busy for the sake of being busy.
  • The best travel guides are people who have been there before.
  • Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is not doing something (i.e. taking on freelance projects for money, helping someone with a project you’re not passionate about, etc.).

Favorite authors

  • Roald Dahl
  • Stephen King
  • George R.R. Martin
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Anne Rice
  • Patrick Rothfuss

Hobbies

  • Fitness
  • Dodgeball
  • Tennis
  • Motorcycling
  • Craft beer
  • Meditation
  • Reading
  • Listening to podcasts/audiobooks
  • Playing with dogs (particularly a Brittany named Maddy)
  • Drawing
  • Building websites
  • Investing
  • Traveling
  • Board Games
  • Science experiments

What Fredrick imagines when he sees sewer drains

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie came out when I was a boy. Parents sighed and shook their heads. “Don’t you dare go in the sewers,” they’d say, faces knit with fear. “There are so many twists and turns. Boys get lost down there and never make it back.”

To this day, I pass sewer drains and imagine the skeletons of small boys beneath my feet. More than that: I imagine secret meetings. I imagine guilds of beasts, rats with glowing eyes and rooms full of forgotten treasures.

When Fredrick realized he wanted to write

I’ve considered myself a writer since the second grade when my teacher let us use ball-point pens. She gave us the pens so we could do a free-writing exercise. My pen hit the paper and didn’t stop until the teacher rang her bell.

That exercise took me out of the confines of that room. My spirit exited my belly button and traveled to a magical world, one where boys are most definitely allowed inside of sewer drains. I’ve been trying to make it back to that place every day since.

Fredrick Marion

Fredrick Marion

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