After I retired in 2007, following 35 years of teaching middle school language arts, we decided to make some changes in our lives. Moving away from a busy, fast-paced western suburb of Chicago, to a very small town several miles west, out among the corn and bean fields, where a brand new comfortable house awaited, my wife and I began the task of settling in to a very different way of living.
The result–all these years later–is that we enjoy it very much and don’t miss the massive traffic flow nor the constant hyper-speed pace of life in general. Small towns have their obvious limitations, but they also have so much more to offer.
Why I blog…
Once established in our new home and surroundings, I discovered the blog world and soon began my own–Down Many Roads–whose focus is about my own writing journey down so many roads.
Of course, living here in northern Illinois, there is an abundance of topics about which to write and share in this blog: The beauty of spring in the rural land around me; the golden harvest every fall; the wild cold winters; my kids and grandkids.
The writing life…
Inspired by some wonderful teachers as I was growing up in Indiana and Ohio, I’ve pursued a dream of somehow fitting into the role of author. Those teachers brought literature to life for me, and I’ve never forgotten. My love of reading and writing came through them in those long ago classrooms!
Most weekday mornings now, after that first cup of coffee with my wife, I am busily at work on my MacBook Pro, hammering away in Scrivener, chasing that dream. It is most definitely an exciting, ongoing process.
In March of 2014, my second novel, THE GOOD LUCK HIGHWAY, was published in paperback format as well as a Kindle Edition and Nook Book. My first novel BLACK WOLF LODGE was published in 2010, and I’ve since written and published two short stories: “Hobo Willie” and “Pinewood Farm.”