I have a column.
Since before I was in high school, the only two things I wanted to do with the rest of my life was write a weekly column or maybe the Great American Novel. I was a huge fan of Dave Barry's, read his columns, owned several of his books, and even tried to emulate his humorous writing style when I wrote articles for Hartland's high school newspaper, The Eagle.
Then, I graduated high school, started college and quickly became acquainted with the pressures of the Real World. It seemed as though I'd have to give up my dreams, at least for a little bit, until I was given the chance to write a weekly computer column for the Livingston Country Press. This lasted for a few months, but it wasn't long before I had switched jobs, gotten married, and moved out of Livingston County. These changes, plus the pressures of the new job forced me to make the unfortunate decision to give up the weekly column.
And, so, I put the first of my two dreams on hold.
In case you haven't guessed, I never wrote the American Novel either, but although I am quite a bit older now I know that there is at least one of those in me as well. But, in the meanwhile I know I am doing something about that other dream.
The column is called "Where Are They Now?" and focusses on former residents of the town I grew up in called Hartland. I'll be chosing one former resident per column and asking them questions about their life now, what they remember most about living in the Hartland area, and so on. Since I have also moved away from Hartland, my editor suggested that my first column be about myself.
Gotta tell you, that was a tough interview.
That's the other thing that struck me as remarkable: I have an editor. As the years passed me by, and I seemed to stray farther and farther from the publishing world, I constantly had managers and supervisors, but very rarely editors to call my own. I know this is a small distinction, but I can't help but take this as a sign that I am taking a step in the right direction.
Well, not entirely because now I have to write another column, and then another after that. So, that means interviewing more people, and writing some more. But, I feel like I am up for the challenge, and even if I'm not then I'll have to rise to it, or give up this most recent chance to achieve my lifelong dreams.
So, take a look at my column here and please post your thoughts about it. Being a new column, I'm sure there are ways to improve it and at this point it is still a bit of an experiment. If you are formerly from Hartland, please contact me if you'd like to be the subject of my next column and I'll be in touch to set up an interview.
If you're not originally from Hartland, you can still post a comment, and even ask for an interview but I doubt that it would fit into the column. But, if your life is interesting enough I might adapt it for a novel.
After all, that is the next thing on my list.