Starting a blog is the beginning of something that seems to me to be an irrevocable step. It is so much easier to stay remote from the people that read your work, to keep a layer of anonymity between you and the rest of the world. Starting a blog is a commitment. A promise to share - your work, your ideas, yourself!
This exposure was not something that I have needed , or wanted, to do for the many years I have been writing. Up until May of 2016 I have only written nonfiction. Scientific, professional discussions of complex systems, concepts, and processes. There was no need to become more involved with my readers. In fact, the professional community looks a bit askance at personal involvement, as if becoming a person in that environment lessens your credibility.
That comfortable, professional and remote world changed for me in May of 2016. Michael Anderle and the 20Books group sucked me in! First I was helping writers to be productive, then I was doing more editing, and finally, I got pushed at trying my hand at writing stories. What a major change in my life!!
I chose to embrace the challenge and the change. To explore fiction and see if anyone wanted to read what I felt, thought, and wrote. So this blog is my step in coming out from behind my podium, my desk. It is my exposure to those that wish to know me.
I am a flawed human being. Living for over 6 decades, it is impossible to avoid accumulating regrets, mistakes, and scars. However, I know that I am not alone in my shortcomings, blindness, and behavior. My work reflects that and I hope will find a resonance in those that want to feel, explore, and grow with me.