In my own personal view of myself I have always thought of myself as primarily a literary type. In my early years I read huge amounts of classical fiction and have always enjoyed poetry. Out of a class of 1,000 students I got the highest mark awarded for the poetry paper in my first-year English course at the University of Qld many years ago and to this day it does not take much to provoke me into reciting large slabs of Chaucer in the original Middle English.
But it always seemed clear to me that literature was no way to make a living so I concentrated my studies on the social sciences instead.
My son seems to be much the same. He wrote his first story when he was 9 but obviously concluded he had to study more practical things at university. So he took a B.Sc. degree with first class honours in Mathematics. He then started on a study program for a Ph.D. in mathematics. But he has just abandoned that program and has started to write fiction instead. He has decided to follow his natural bent no matter how impractical it may be.
I think he is wiser than I was. So at age 70 I have decided to write a few plays. They are just trifles for home performance but in case anybody is interested, you can access them here or here
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).