Writing is one of those things in life that many only do because someone else compels them to do so. I, on the other hand, passionately embrace this form of self-expression and knowledge transfer.
I have participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) from 2014-2016, and have won in 2015 and 2016. That means that I completed a 50,000 word first draft of a short novel in the 30 days running from 01-30 November. My NaNoWriMo profile confirming my winner status HERE. Novel stats for 2015 & 2016.
Founding member and current organizer for Bexley Fiction Writers.
I have written magazine articles including the following:
- On Fostering a Better Integration of Male Knitters into the Community – a 1,000 word article prepared for Knitty.com
- The Forgotten Option: Bartering – a 1,050 word draft prepared for (614). This remains an incomplete draft as the article was killed before completion.
And articles published in newsletters:
- As an non-traditional undergraduate, I had an article titled GECs, Theses, and Internships – Oh, my? (pp 3-4 in the newsletter) published in the quarterly newsletter for The Ohio State University Department of Psychology.
- The Ohio Psychological Association called for articles of approximately 500 words to discuss members’ experiences from Legislative Day – an annual event focused on advocacy for changes in State Law to benefit the psychology profession and the recipients of mental healthcare. Lessons From Legislative Day was my contribution to their electronic newsletter published 06 April 2010.
Blogging has been a long time hobby of mine as well. Way back in the late 1990s, I had a site on GeoCities where I updated my thoughts on current events somewhat regularly. Had to teach myself some HTML to do so and the word “blog” wouldn’t be coined for quite a few years, but that was my humble beginning.
- Better Public Speaking and Presenting with Josh is one of my current projects where I try to share some of my public speaking and presenting skills with those that would like tips to improve their skills.
- A project that began in 2009, Lake Erie Sport Fishing at Stone Lab, sponsored by The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory was a blog that chronicled my experiences as a student of their Lake Erie Sport Fishing class. Since completing the class, I have updated the blog most times I returned to the Island for volunteer work weekends.
- Another one that I was committed to for some time was the Neighborhoodr project sponsored through Tumblr. This project was designed to allow anyone to post to a blog to keep up on current events in a particular community. Life forced me to abandon Neighborhoodr : Columbus in late 2014, but I had a great time sharing events and reviews of things going on in my city while it lasted!