Up to now, I’ve had some of my research published during the time I was a research assistant back in “the good ol’ days” of grad school as well as a handful of freelance projects in the past 5 years since I’ve been detached from academia.
However, back in the day (high school), I was known to write fiction – good fiction. Or so I was told by friends family and teachers. I did place in a school district writing contest, so I like to think everyone was being honest about my writing abilities. I’d like to think everyone who supported me back then are not dirty rotten liars.
I have a craving to get back into fiction writing and actually publish some of my made up stories as opposed to fact-based research (although let’s face it, plenty of non-fiction turns out to be made up, but I won’t go into that here).
At the same time, I have a passion for researching anything and everything that I find even mildly interesting. So I don’t want to completely give up hard research. In fact, I’d like to continue freelancing here and there.
What this all comes down to is that while I love to write, it currently is not my “day job” and all the mundane details of everyday living tend to wear me down to the point where I have been slacking off with my writing. In order for me to continue calling myself a writer, I need to write.
This blog is just as much for me as it is for you the reader. This blog is my record – my declaration that I will not allow my writing abilities to disintegrate. I will write something that contributes toward a story of some-kind every single day.
I won’t post everything I write on this blog. I may post snippets of fiction I’m working on or I may post short topic-driven columns on issues of the day that catch my attention. I can’t say at this point that my posts will be focused around a certain theme. But I’ll post regularly each week, and having some public pressure out there to publish will propel me to write.
I invite any of you reading out there to give me feedback. Writing shouldn’t take place in a bubble. Like any form of creative expression – it needs to be experienced and discussed. It needs to live and breathe. And it can only do that if there is an audience, even a small one.