About Me

Why are you reading this? Does the author matter as much as what he writes? Does the art not stand on its own? Am I avoiding your question?

Crap. Okay, fine.

I was named by my uncle in honor of my father’s French heritage and have a Mexican, not Spanish, last name. With that kind of linguistic parentage, who would have thought I’d spend the rest of my life spelling out “Michel Martín del Campo” to anyone who needed to write it?

I was born in Irapuato, a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato that holds the distinction, at least in its own mind, of being the Strawberry Capital of the World. I remember growing up with carnitas, parsley, onion, Mexican Coca Cola (which is way better than American Coca Cola) and the feel of history, family, and certainty. In the summer of 1992, my family moved to Laredo, Texas, where I lived the next ten years wishing the ground would swallow me up.

I made friends, built a life, then I was off in the summer of 2002 to study at DePauw University for four years and make some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I studied with men and women who showed me what it means to be a writer, an academic, and an artist. Since then, I’ve had a whirlwind of experiences which include a brief stint as a congressional staffer in Washington DC, high school and college teacher, waiter (who hasn’t, right?), and struggling writer.

It’s the last part that is the focus of my blog. Or at least… it was.

In the summer of 2013, I took a hiatus for personal reasons, and I’ll be honest. I didn’t know if or when I would come back and write again.

In October 2013, my wife and I found out we were going to be the parents of a beautiful baby girl, and in March 2014, Matilda entered our lives. To say our lives have been hectic is an understatement, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.

That being said, I’ve missed writing. I miss the banter. I miss sharing my thoughts with my readers. And I miss flying through the worlds I put on hold back in 2013, the stories I promised I would share.

As my wife and I finish our Master’s and we look forward to our little one finally starting school next year, I can only promise that I’ve spent this time doing what I can to get the novel, the game books, and the art, ready for a full-blown creation explosion once time permits.

Thanks to everyone who stuck it out this long. Big things will happen!

Let’s go.

8 Replies to “About Me”

  1. hola Michel well i cant help but come to your site each day im friends with Jeremy Jones ( love that boy by the way ) haha anyways you are so great at what you do. I really have to say that i really admire you. Im mexican too and i agree with the coca colo being so much better over there in mexico. i would love to learn how to write creatively. so maybe you can help with that if possible. Anyways hope to hear from you and cuidate mucho

    your new friend (maybe) Polina AlvAREZ

  2. Hi I am gracie, I just want to say that i like your writing :P Very insightful, creative, and moving!!!! I want to be a writer too :D I have horrible grammar among other things. I would love to share your page on my facebook so other people can appreciate your talent and have some interesting inights on all you write about. By the way, you have seen me before (critique outline-ideas. Yeah that girl :)

    1. Well, all I can say is… Thank you. By all means, share the page on Facebook! Just click share or copy and paste the article links! Recommend it to people! Use it as a source for essays (okay, maybe not the last one).

      Glad to have you on-board.

  3. Love the way you express the arts. I just saw your youtube about sara and you rocked it! might want to consider a piece about Lucky :) a day in the life.
    Glad to see open-minded Gente.


  4. Michel, I know of you through my girlfriend Lorraine and the fact that you were her coworker at the writing center. I just want to say that even as an English major i struggle to focus If I can’t immediately find someone’s “voice”. You have my attention and I look forward to reading your novel soon enough. Congrats.

  5. Hi, Michel, my name’s Manuel and I just discovered your page and can’t help but label it into the “Favourites” box and look its content anytime I can. I’m interested in many of the stories I see, as well as in your opinion (I discovered you through the Randomology YouTube channel, watching your political views on different stuff…. especially when bashing Fox News, it’s something loveable). Keep the good work!

    PS: I’m sorry to tell you, your surname is also Spanish. Martín is one of the most popular surnames in Spain and “del Campo”, well, it’s not the most common thing to do in Spain, surnaming with a “del”, but “Campo” isn’t that weird, either. But hey, that almost make you more multicultural, lol xD.

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