After high school graduation, I worked at several area jobs — including one year at the city newspaper, The Northwest-Signal — before moving to Columbus, Ohio, to explore my independence from Mom and Dad and seven siblings and to begin to experience the twists and turns we call “life”.
I also had signed on for a correspondence course in “Fiction Writing” with the Famous Writers School of Westport, Connecticut, rather than go to college. On the FWS board of directors at that time were such greats as Rod Serling, Red Smith, Mignon G. Eberhart, Max Schulman, Bruce Catton, Bennett Cerf, and others.
My year at the newspaper didn’t turn into a permanent, can’t-leave-this-opportunity situation because there was no appropriate position for me to grow into and from which to launch a wider career. The Sports Editor, who had become a fixture at the Signal, did give me opportunities to cover sports events and write some fun articles on county events. However, I soon learned that local sports were a hot-bed of who supported who and for what reasons, none of which I wanted to add to my resume.
The best thing that came from my newspaper work was my discovery that Fiction — without a doubt — forever and always would be my first love.
More of my newspaper career, which came in two different eras of my life, may be followed at —
where I intertwine my life with that of Hollywood comedian Joe E. Brown, who was born in my hometown, Holgate, Ohio, 54 years ahead of me.
During this period, I didn’t write anything of importance that stayed with me other than my correspondence course assignments. The “Fiction Writing” course showed me the errors I needed to fix in the few short stories I had written in my elementary and high school years. Those stories had been left in a notebook. Some of them formed the basis of FWS homework and helped me shape my writing skills.
I had a lot to learn about writing and about living life.
Now that I’m on the down hill side of life at the age of 70, I’ve come to think of writing as my wonderful hobby that allowed me to create projects and that sustained me through everything. It really did, and it still does.
and together they will continue to be a place where my life sort of wraps itself, a place of purge, so to speak, that reveals much of what life means to me and expresses the blessings I’ve had along the way.
Here, at “My Writing Life Xposed”, I’ll continue my story of the Great American Novel that began in Columbus and how it kept me going through…well, every single day.