On not being a writer
I am assuming it's obvious in many ways I am not a professional writer in any sense. I have no formal education in writing or literature, well I don't have to much formal education at all.
But I've always loved books. I used to consume them veraciously when I was younger. I even would sit and read encyclopedias when I was a kid. As a teen I would discover an author or subject and read 4-5 books in the week.
After I dropped out of high school, yes dropped out, I fell in love with Edward Abbey. I devoured everything he wrote as fast as I could find it. Another were the books of Tom Brown Jr. the survivalist. Around this time I became an avid fly-fisherman. Let me tell you of all the literature written on that sport. John Gierach occupied many of my days and luckily he wrote many books.
After this period I spent many years in the Army. In the Army you do have a lot of downtime. I would read, to be honest many of us read a lot. I remember in one 30 day field problem I read the whole Ann Rice Vampire Chronicles.. that was around 10 really thick books.
In all this time a fantasized about being a writer or journalist. I pictured myself like Ed Abbey. A little rough around the edges spewing forth wisdom to the masses. Or like John telling my fishing stories, which is my other love. None of this happened of course.
So i'm 48 now, I think I am at least. And just going to write, screw it. Some people may like my babble and some will not. But that is ok by me. At least I'm getting it out there. And you there, if your actually still there reading, thanks. Beyond this point I may drive you or myself insane.
So hold on tight and enjoy, or ignore. But I'm spewing forth my wisdom, or idiocy either way. Thank god for the inter-webs.