An Update on This Blog

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 24, 2020 - Features, Writing - No Comments

For the past couple of months, I have not spent too much time on my soapbox. As my good friend Al Tureegogh would say, so what’s up, Joe?

Because of the pandemic, I have been furloughed from my job. Consequently, I have been spending lots and lots time writing. I have been writing a plethora of short essays about what it is like to be lockdowned for weeks and weeks. I don’t know if they will be published in a book someday.

I have almost completed a very rough draft of a novella about my student teaching experiences. I will need more advice and copy editing to see if this project will feasibly become a book. It is not sci-fi, erotica, a thriller, or pretty much in any category that sells books. But it will show how that teaching is nothing like those overly sweet inspirational Hollywood movies on education. It is incredibly difficult trying to motivate students to learn. And I would learn that you either have the personality to teach or not. In my case, I couldn’t teach my way out of a crumpled paper bag. To paraphrase the old quote, “Those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, they become writers”.

I have written several short stories. I tried writing short stories in a college composition course. They were so horrible that my professor actually told me that I should not consider being a writer. But lately, I have decided to give short story writing another crack. Maybe I will send them off to literary magazine to earn few extra bucks, or maybe I will self-publish them.

Besides writing, I have been doing household chores during the furlough. I have rearranged my clothes closet several times, I have cleaned the kitchen, I have helped my wife make an inventory of items in the upstairs bedroom, and mowed lawns. Not very fun or exciting, but I need to do something else when my writing muse ran dry.

Even though I know blogging is going the way of the original Saturday Evening Post and Mad magazine, I miss the blogosphere. I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers. And I have enjoyed giving my opinions on subjects that interest me. Consequently, I hope to blog more often.

Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day

Writing is the spice of life, especially if you write spicy stuff.

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