When I was but a wee lad trying to figure out what to do with my life, my mother suggested I go to school and learn how to be a journalist. I loved reading and writing, but she wisely pointed out I'd need to make a living while pursuing my dream of being a world-famous novelist. Of course, the flaw in that is journalism is no way to make a living. It's long hours, loads of stress, and barely enough of a paycheck to make ends meet.
Nevertheless, I applied myself fully to the task and worked my way up the ladder: first covering news and sports events for a small-town weekly, then crime, courts, and government meetings. Soon enough, I was promoted to editor and spent many years directing a team of writers for a daily newspaper. It was hard work but seeing the end result the next morning was always rewarding (for a few minutes, anyway, before the demands of the next day's news took hold.)
And then the big bad newspaper implosion happened, brought along in part by the advent of the internet and corporate media's greed. So, out the door I went. Freed from my journalistic prison, I applied myself to my first passion: creative writing. Instead of writing real news stories, now I'm writing FAKE stories for print and for screen. And, I'm a lot happier.
My journey is still unfolding.
Finalist - Scripted Digital Series - Austin Film Fest
Semifinalist - Tennessee Writer - Nashville Film Fest