Those who’ve known me any length of time know that I’m a huge fan of the written word. From crime novels to biographies, history to sci-fi, Atlas Shrugged to Watchmen… I love them all. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I’m always in the middle of reading something, and I feel unsettled if I don’t have at least one or two books on deck. Twice a year, there’s a huge library book sale here in town, and the wife and I always leave with multiple flats of used books we’ve purchased for a song. Conservatively, there’re probably a hundred books on the shelf I haven’t even had time to read yet. No worries, though; I’ll get to them eventually. As much as I like to read, is it any surprise that I’d eventually want to do some writing of my own? Of course not.
I first started writing when I was ten, down in the basement of my Aunt Ethel and Uncle Jake’s house, on an old Smith Corona typewriter. Back then, I wrote action-laced short stories about lone mercenaries out for vengeance, tales that included more details about the different guns than any kind of character development, but that’s what I was interested in at the time (Don Pendleton’s Mack Bolan novels were a HUGE influence). Before Aunt Ethel died, she gave me that typewriter, and I still have it today, though finding ribbons for it has become increasingly difficult. Looking back, those stories were as horrible as you’d expect, but ever since then, whenever I think about what I’d do if I won the lottery, my honest, deep down in my toes answer is, “I want to write.”
While I do have the beginnings of The Great American Novel rattling around in my skull, and have for many years now, it’s best to start small, to get into the habit of writing every day, even just a few hundred words about current events. I’ll be using this blog to help find my voice, to flesh out ideas, and hopefully, to get feedback on what I’m doing. Readers can expect political commentary, current events, posts about the things that interest me most, especially cycling, food, music, film, and of course, book reviews. If you like what you see, let me know. If you have valid criticisms, I want to hear those, too, though try to keep things civil.
In short, thanks for your time. I’ll try not to waste it.