But I love reading, and I love writing. My 1980 bachelor’s degree in Theater Communications from Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Va., was heavy on writing, especially journalism.
I served 20 years in the Navy as an enlisted PR specialist — we were called “Navy Journalists” back then, though now the rate is known as “Mass Communication Specialist” — and I retired as a Chief Navy Journalist.
I also designed and taught a six-week course in a magnet high school in Nashville, Tenn., titled “Writing for Publication.”
I currently work as the house writer for PROSOCO, a manufacturer of construction materials in Lawrence, Kan. In that capacity I write everything, poetry to technical writing, and all points in between, including newsletters, blog posts and web content, ad copy, sales letters, trade magazine articles and more.
Been there since 1999.
Why I review indie books
You can watch the multi-million dollar athletes on TV in professional sports. But the real American athletes, in my humble, are the amateur runners, mountain bikers, softball, soccer and football players who go out and PLAY every weekend or whenever they can.
Not because of a giant paycheck — but because they love the sport.
Same with indie writers like — well, like myself. I doubt I’ll ever write that runaway bestseller and get reviewed by the New York Times. And I know my work isn’t as good as Larry McMurty or Dean Koontz, or other favorites.
We’re just writing because we love it — can’t help writing, in most cases. And while we have our hopes — and SHOULD have them, in the meantime, I think attention should be payed. Attention should be payed to these real true writers, toiling away in anonymity for sheer love of craft.
And not just attention. That’s why I BUY the books I review. Because well-written or not, that effort deserves something.
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Nov. 25, 2011