20200317 – The viral writer’s journal

Hey, come on in. Stay away from me, though. This whole Corona Virus social distancing business is stoking my introvert tendencies (I’m an INFP, of you’re into Myers Briggs). Six feet, got it?

This is a space where I’m going to splash my thoughts that don’t have any place to belong. I have a degree in magazine journalism that I’ve wasted for thirty years, but I made a decision a few weeks ago to quit my job, move back to my hometown, and eke out a living as a writer. Most of that writing is hosted over at Medium (follow the links above) and I’m building my portfolio exclusively on their platform.

Sounds rough, huh? It will be. It takes awhile to master anything, but you have to pick something, right? So this will be a writer’s journal. Plain and simple. I’ll come here regularly just to get the juices flowing. It’s where I’ll work out ideas for stories, discuss books that I’m reading to generate ideas, and so forth. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you might find some value in it, because I will share the ups and downs of my journey to becoming a full-time writer.

Right here. The writing may get better as time goes on, but starting out, I’m not going to spend much time editing or fooling around with the wording. It’ll be stream of consciousness, and that’s okay for me. If it is for you, too… great. This is my place to get words and ideas out. If I play around with them further, it’ll be over at Medium.

I’ve read a lot of articles on Medium about writers writing about how to write. I’m not going to do that over there. There is too much of it, and not all of it is good or relevant (my opinion). The topics I’ll be tackling over there have to do with a big idea I’ve been researching for nearly twenty years. It sounds boring when I try to put it in academic language. My calling, I guess, is to make it interesting enough for people to try. I won’t go into that here, but if you come back, you’ll learn plenty about it, as well as watching me strategize over the best way to present it.

I’ve started a Medium publication, too. It’s called the New Leaf Lifestyle. That’s my topic. The links to my articles and the publication are on the menu bar above, on either side of the link to this BLOG.

So welcome. Hope to see you here again soon.