Here we are.
Thanks for swinging by.
Quick bit about me. I love to write. I love to read. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to indulge in either one but I’m looking to change that. And that leads me to…
Why am I doing this? Well, it’s an outlet to pour my thoughts and imaginations onto. Believe me, I have a lot of both. Also, I’ve always wanted to write a novel and get published. If you’re on Substack reading other authors, it’s likely you have the same dream. I’ve started many stories but none have ever crossed the goal line. I chalk it up to life, which John Lennon said “is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Because it’s been a long while since I’ve written any kind of fiction, I’m going to take this opportunity to exercise the creative brain muscles and exorcise the anti-creativity demons.
What to expect? You’ll get a variety of stories here and they may never connect. Each time it’s going to be something new and independent of the other pieces. Exciting, right? Maybe…interesting?
The stories themselves? It’s going to be a mixed bag. Some will be relatively planned out—characters, story, plot. Others will be a journey with no destination in mind but we will get somewhere. Essentially, I’m choosing to let the story play out in my head as I write. Think of it as a writer’s version of farm-to-table. Well, for me it is. Eventually, a conflict, climax, and resolution will work its way out. This is part of conditioning my brain to reawaken creatively.
I’ll be writing straight and raw. I won’t always go back and edit and fine tune the work—at least for now. There might be times when I have wrong tenses or punctuation mistakes or—God forbid!—grammar errors. You’ll likely see some in the beginning and hopefully it will peter out as time goes on. What I’m more concerned with, editing-wise, is making sure there’s consistency. Mike stays Mike and doesn’t become Joey. Summer stays summer and doesn’t suddenly become winter. A doctor puzzlingly doesn’t go from a doctor to a mechanic. And so on. The ultimate goal for the reader? Entertainment. Amusement. Time-killer.
Talking to a friend, I described the stories I’ll be posting as tapas style pieces that you can read in an Uber, on a lunch break, waiting at a doctor’s office, in the car line picking up the kids—you get it. That’s not to say things won’t eventually evolve to a much longer form of writing. This is what I’ll be doing…for now.
As for you? Be more than just being a reader. Comment (constructively). Advise (positively). Participate (possibly). You’ll see what I mean.
I’m excited that we’re on this journey together. Let’s see where it takes us.
Thank you again and thanks in advance.
Lose yourself if only for a few thousand words at a time.