Hello, I'm...

Ben SD!

I'm Ben. Benjamin Smith-Donaldson, if you're interested. This is my personal website. I used it for a while to blog and showcase some of the small achievements of my life, but there wasn't much to that.

These days, I've decided to use this medium to display my work. I'm a writer by my nature; I'm passionate about the power of language. Words can make a person think and feel what another person has experienced. We mistake normal communication as something mundane because of how common the act is, when it's really nothing short of magic, a psychic empathetic link to a human you may have never met.

Not all of the writing I'll put here will be great. Some of it might be great and still never see another form of publication just because it's here. That's fine with me; I don't write to make money (I'd be even more broke if I did!), so having it available to read meets my needs. So delve in, read some things; that's why you're here, isn't it? If it's not, maybe you should anyway; that's why I'm here, isn't it?

What's new?

November has run it's course, and so has NaNoWriMo. My novel (or novella, if you're into that) is a modest twist on the post-apocalyptic scene. I'll be spending December revising it, but in the mean time, I've submitted it for publication. I am still happy to share with curious individuals, but pending my submission's acceptance, I've removed the link for public access. Hopefully people will want to pay to read With a Whimper soon.

In other news

Peaches and Trees is being moved over to the "Novels" section. No, it's not a novel, but it's a whole book, so I wasn't sure where else to put it

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
Mark Z. Danielewski