about me

Hi! My name is Kai Christensen. As of the time of writing this, I’m a sophomore in high school and hoping to become a published fiction author. I like dark chocolate, running, (“like” is a strong word) writing, blowing stuff up, Disney movies, and dark chocolate. I’m known for being stubborn about things I have an opinion on and am always ready to debate politics with anyone in the vicinity, of course ending every time with a “lets-agree-to-disagree-but-still-be-friends-alright?” I dislike people being mean to other people, chocolate that isn’t dark, and Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, except for the part with Darth Maul ‘cause that dude’s awesome.

Below is a brief history of my so-far brief life. I’m hoping to expand it with more cool stuff in the coming years, and I’m looking forward to learning how to become a better person and a better writer.

born — [august 1, 2002]

I was born in Middle of Nowhere, Alabama. Since then I’ve lived in Montana, Maryland, the same town in Alabama again for some reason, Florida, and California. My first name is officially Matthew, but I go by my middle name because it’s way cooler.

wizard cookies — [2006 – 2008]

I wrote my first story when I was four or five. It was about a wizard who, upon making a batch of cookies unexpectedly discovered that he had used lemon juice instead of flour (it was quite a tragic event). If I remember correctly, most of that story — which I sadly seem to have lost the original file to—was dictated to my grandma, who then typed it into the computer for me. I didn’t learn to type myself until a year or two afterwards. Then, maybe a year later, during a period of obsession with both Harry Potter and Eragon, I wrote a story about a boy who gets lost in a cave and learns to talk to the resident dragons. I don’t think I ever finished it, nor do I recall how I planned to, I just remember having just read Eragon and being amazed that author Christopher Paolini had begun writing it at age fifteen (or sixteen? I can’t remember). I decided I wanted to do something similar, and from that stemmed my goal to publish a book before I graduate high school.

frontier — [2010 – 2017]

When I was maybe eleven or twelve, I started work on a science fiction project that went through a couple iterations, some of which were the first things I wrote about on this site. I abandoned the project in 2017 to focus on a new but similar science fiction project. This was heavily influenced by Rick Riordan’s mythology novels, reflected in the generic teen boy protagonist and the cringey first-person narration. I started writing this when I was living in Florida, and gave up on it when I moved to California. Matured a lot as a writer from failing on this. Also I was like eight; cut me some slack.

cosmofragmental — [2018 – now]

This story is really more of a fourth iteration of Frontier than anything. Just with all new characters, setting, rules, and plot. But essentially the same universe, and the same genre, so in my mind it’s really just another version of its predecessor. If it is ever finished, it will probably be half-decent. Already though I know it will require massive amounts of editing in the second and third drafts. For now, I’m trying to juggle high school, sports, theater, and other personal pursuits with writing, and the result is that Cosmofragmental is moving along very very slowly. California life is great, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the next few years.