This Blog: Welcome to Story Life, a blog about writing, creativity, adventure, and all things in between.
About Me: My name is David Ben-Ami, but my friends call me Dave. I’m a twenty-seven-year-old writer and (not so) recent graduate from Vanderbilt University with a double major in English and Economics, and I live and work in DC. I also love sports, going out with friends, good television and movies, and being active.
I started blogging because I was supposed to, but I continue because I like to. Writing blog posts for others to see keeps me accountable – so I keep on posting. And posting gets me into a writing mood. Writing makes me feel good about myself and makes me happy… so I guess I’m saying that I blog because it makes me happy. I think that there are worse reasons to do something.
Why Writing? There are a lot of way to answer this, but the simplest is that I’m obsessed with a good story. Not only in books but in movies, TV shows, and even plays. There’s something about a fictional story that can capture truth even better than real life can – stories can make you realize things about yourself and ask the tough questions. Stories can be a study on larger things like right and wrong, society, memories, forgiveness, the nature of evil. I guess that it’s the chance to write a compelling story, and capture something more than just the thrill of the ride in it, that keeps me fascinated and keeps me going. It’s important to have balance – not a story so heavy on message that it’s slow, but also not a story so exciting and quick that it’s too thin. I think the best books are the exciting ones you read without being able to put down, but can’t stop thinking about after you’re done.
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Here are a few more, sometimes random, things about me:
Where are you from? I’m from a sleepy little suburb of DC: Rockville, Maryland. When people ask me where I’m from I usually just say DC, and get a little embarrassed when they call me out by asking where in DC I’m from, to which I have to answer, “Oh, I’m actually from…” I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where I spent an unbelievable four years. I’m back in DC (for real this time) to live and work for the foreseeable future. I work at a consulting firm in the city and write on my own time, until the day comes when I can write full time as a career (hopefully as soon as possible).
What did you want to be growing up? I always wanted to be an NFL running back – a dream I held onto until about fifth grade. I latched onto the dream of becoming a writer in 9th grade and have never let go of it ever since.
What is your favorite book? Harry Potter. If anybody dares say anything other than Harry Potter I’ll flick them on the nose. (The tier right below Harry Potter is littered with books from The Stand and The Shining, to A Song of Ice and Fire – the Game of Thrones series, to The Silence of the Lambs).
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars, although that’s actually six movies. I just can’t stop admiring what an incredible story and universe that series created. But perhaps my favorite thing about it was how they humanized Darth Vader in the form of Anakin Skywalker in the prequel movies. You really understand the choices he made and see the tragedy behind the way he was manipulated. If I had to choose a single movie I’d choose Inglorious Basterds. I took a class on War on Screen last semester, and if you’ve watched that movie less than three times you’re really missing out. I laugh more at that movie every single time I watch it.
What is the most important thing you can tell another person about yourself? I love people. People are great. I love my family and my friends. I love going out with them. I love sitting on the couch watching sports and laughing with the guys. I love the jokes you can start to make when you spend a lot of time over consecutive years with the same people. I love the characters I create. I love the characters I read about even more. I find it hard to write because it’s a solo activity, so I spend my time working at it furiously and concentrating hard because I know that once I finish I’ll be able to go hang out with my friends and have a great time.