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Contributor page: William Reed

LOCATION: USA
NICHE: Writing & LEGO from a legally blind perspective
CONTACT: email Will
ARTICLES: Suite101 Profile
GALLERY: Brickshelf, flickr

Will played with LEGO as a small child and favored the LEGO Castle theme over the other lines. At times he indulged himself in LEGO City, Space, and Pirates, but he always returned to Castle. That’s why it was no surprise that it was a couple of LEGO Castle sets that propelled him out of his own “Dark Ages” and into the Medieval.

Fortunately for Will, he had married Sarah. (See Sarah’s profile here.) She too had played with LEGO as a child and dabbled in Castle sets briefly. As an adult, what drew her attention to LEGO again was the fantasy element of the new Castle sets. Skeletons were attacking knights in shining armor! It was too hard to resist! Since then both Will and his wife have been hooked on LEGO yet again.

Having a love for writing, it was only natural for Will to want to write about LEGO. What he didn’t realize was how much he had to say on the subject! He found so many interesting details about the LEGO sets he and his wife picked up that article after article was just flowing out of his virtual pen.

Will and Sarah’s growing passion for the LEGO-hobby led them to seek out other LEGO-fans in their area. Fortunately, where there is an official LEGO store, there is also a LEGO group. Located in Sacramento CA, the Sac Brick Builders were a perfect fit for the couple. Taking some of their own MOCs to their first club meeting they quickly found new friends.

Will has recently ended his job as a math-tutor with the California Department of Rehabilitation and has given over to freelance writing. Much of his writing assignments revolve around LEGO; aimed at informing the casual LEGO fan, but he makes sure there’s something that an old-hand AFOL may find useful as well. (You can find his profile with links to all his articles above.) To be able to communicatewith the more die-hard  LEGO enthusiasts Will has decided to branch out from his usual publishing venues and sought an outlet at theBrickBlogger. (We are excited to have you, Will! – note by admin)

There is really no specialization category that Will fits into. (Well, he does have an unholy love of the Castle theme.) But what’s different about Will is that he is legally blind. Therefore the opinions that he gives come from a very different perspective than most fans. When Will builds a MOC, for instance, the feel and heft of the model is just as important as the look. This is an area that is seldom explored by LEGO fans, aside from the proper bracing of a LEGO creation for stability.

In addition to his blindness, Will happens to communicate differently than many people. He has a B.A. in Mass Communication, which means he has not only been trained to write clearly, but to look for subtle communicational elements in everything; including LEGO. Throw all this together and you’ve got one very different point of view! :D

UPDATE: Will’s first book is now published and available from CreateSpace.com and Amazon.comThe Cleric is a humoristic tale of moderate adventure with a dash of romance.  This is not a LEGO-related book, but he wouldn’t mind seeing LEGO MOCs inspired by it.  With this first novel finished, Will has started writing a new fiction novel and is also working on a book-proposal for a LEGO technique book.  To keep up with William’s various writing projects, check out his FaceBook Page.

HERE IS A LIST OF POSTS BY WILLIAM:

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ntk743 July 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Hello! Nice to meet you!

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) July 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

i really love knight legos to! i love that lion castle! :grin:

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Fikko3107 January 31, 2013 at 6:27 AM

I don’t understand what legally blind mean…

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admin January 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

“In North America and most of Europe, legal blindness is defined as visual acuity (vision) of 20/200 (6/60) or less in the better eye with best correction possible.”

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) May 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I liked your post today! It was good! Thanks for the insight on the minifigs!

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) May 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

What minifigure from the Simpsons is your favorite? Mine is Mr. Burns :P

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