My name is Brian and I first tried writing on Jan 2, 2010. It was early afternoon, the bowl game I wanted to watch didn’t kick off until that evening and I was bored. I decided to spend some time on the World Wide Web. I figured it would be okay.
I found this place called Blogger.com. It was free so I thought I’d give it a taste. That’s how they get you. I wrote one blog post about my foibles in learning woodworking and hit post. I didn’t think anything could happen, I mean, I could never get hooked…I hated writing.
I continued along the internet super highway and found this cozy little woodworking forum. It seemed nice. The people were pleasant, the atmosphere was lovely, and there were lots of good discussions about woodworking. After reading about my new hobby for an hour I notice a tiny little button…it said “blog”.
I had ALREADY blogged! I could just cut and paste my story and be on my way.
At first I didn’t feel anything. It took a long time, but then the next day it hit me. I wasn’t sure if I had done it right so I went back to the forum (just to check, not to write more…really).
That’s when I got the first taste of Writer’s High. Over 300 people had read my post and 25 had left comments. They loved it. They love it a bunch.
I decided one more post couldn’t hurt. That was Jan 3, 2010 and I’ve written a blog post every day since then.
*people shaking their heads because they understand*
A guy at the back yells, “Preach it brother.”
Well, a lot of you know where this is going. Blogging, or as I call it, Blaghing, is a gateway craft. It was less than a month before I had taken it to the next level. I just wanted a taste. I wrote one chapter of a noir mystery that took place in 1955 about a detective, Henry Wood, who loved woodworking, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and catching bad guys.
I thought it would be fun, you know, a lark. I wasn’t going to write a second chapter. I knew I could stop anytime I wanted.
Nine months later, as is often the case when one gets hooked on this stuff, an unwanted novella had been born.
I had to admit it was sort of cute. I started laving attention on it and before I knew what had happened it grew into a novel.
I’ve written four mysteries in the Henry Wood Detective Series, a YA called Secret Doors: The Challenge, a thriller titled A Touch To Die For, a non-fiction about the 1987 Iowa Hawkeyes Men’s Basketball team, and my latest a satire called Underwood, Scotch, and Wry.
That’s my story.
Admitting I have a problem is the first step.
Thanks for listening.
Brian D. Meeks