Welcome to my writing blog. Careful as you step in, that first step is a doozy. Last person that missed it was sucked into the frightening corners of my imagination. In fact, I nearly missed that step myself.
At what point does an unassuming guy who seems perfectly normal, maybe even a bit too normal, decide it is a good time to try his hand at writing as a profession? Someone who has had a Real job with Real responsibility and Real benefits?
Well, it’s a long story. It starts with my amazing wife who believes in my ability and is willing to let me take chances; something I used to be to damn practical to do. We can probably end the story there.
“But you’re a writer! Write it!”
I was inspired to start reading at an early age by C.S. Lewis’ stories of the fantastic world of Narnia. It took root. It grew. Nourished or not, it was like a stubborn weed and not even the most sterile pursuits could seem to get rid of it.
In fourth grade I had a vague goal of becoming a “writer and an artist”. Artist was no problem, after a detour through philosophy. Graphic design mixed a couple of things I loved: art and computers. In my free time however, I continued to read and create imaginary worlds.
How to grow out of it? Mature? Let time erase it? No, it only got more complex. Working a job laden with rigid rules, unimaginable bureaucracy, and zero free time? That should have been the equivalent of imagination Round Up.
It never died. It just went dormant.
Eventually the professional, government job became my life. Idealism, imagination, unfortunately became casualties of my career. After a long struggle I realized I was swimming upstream toward a destination that held little appeal.
I also realized that my family had been left on the banks, unable to follow.
So, here I am. An artist – photographer and graphic designer, and finally, also a writer. It’s fictional work, and it rarely pays well, but it’s what I was meant to do.
Hey, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, excellent blog!
Thanks for the compliments. Looking at it in IE 9 it looks just fine. It’s a freebie template for the moment, so I guess I can’t expect much. So hard to plan for compatibility with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, Opera, and the endless versions out there so I can’t put the blame on the original designer. Let me know what version of IE though so I can look into a fix!
Tom, I enjoyed our coinersatvon this morning! As you can tell, I am probably as passionate as you about Yorba Linda it’s been a great City to live and raise our family and now, enjoy as successful business people. The antics of our Council have been an embaressment to our Citizens and the wastefull spending have been criminal. Although I cannot support your running mate, I understand your reasoning for joining up with John. There is plenty of blame to go around for both him and Jan Horton and at this juncture; I’d like to see nothing more than all incumbents NOT reelected. Colleen and I will be making a small contribution to your campaign this coming week and wish you the best of luck. I figure any candidate that will say to me if you don’t like it, lump it might have the wherewithall to think on his own, make his own decisions and not follow the puppeteer’s direction! I’m also making an assumption that you can read and understand a financial statement and count beyond ten without taking off your shoes! A huge improvement over what we currently have for C0uncil People. Thanks for talking with me.Sincerely,Frank Stefano
Ok, this is so obviously spam (I stripped out the webpage links which probably lead to bad evil places on the Web) but call me strange, I find this fascinating from a writer’s perspective…