I thought my first post should be one that states the website goals. Long ago, I created my first website, shortly after Mosaic came into being. There was no Netscape, Explorer or Firefox. Google didn’t exist. Blogs, Twitter, nor Facebook had been invented.
At the time I was a scientist. I wrote constantly, in science fashion, but I needed more, so I wrote on the new creation called the world wide web. Nobody really read that website as the notion of surfing the web was unknown to most at the time. That never bothered me much. I wrote because I felt the need.
Since then I left science. I’ve spent time as editor-in-chief of a couple magazines. I’ve written monthly columns for several magazines and I’ve written feature articles for others. I even wrote marketing materials for a couple businesses. The only common thread throughout was words, strung together to form thoughts.
I love words, and I love the various ways of putting them in an order that makes sense. While I’m a long-time computer geek, I’m also a fountain pen afficionado and I spend far too much time pondering the wide array of journals and notebooks available today. So while I have an ongoing love affair with my laptop, I often put pen to paper. A couple of years ago I recycled a small mountain’s worth of notebooks that I’d used but here’s a photo of the notebooks I’ve accumulated since in the past two years. It’s a sickness but a very pleasant one.
This website will reflect these preferences. I will talk about my trials and tribulations as an author, views on the industry, and my thoughts on the writing process itself. But I’ll also talk about my passion for pens and paper. Some say it’s old-fashioned to write with pen and paper. I find doing so is inexorably linked to my success as an author, regardless of what I’m writing.
I do hope you’ll follow along and provide your own insights by leaving comments. Do you use notebooks in support of your writing? How do they help you?
Cheers — Larry