Last week, I posted that on that date in 2018 I had retired from the newspaper after about 35 years. It seemed like an appropriate time because it was also April Fool’s Day and Easter, the day of Resurrection, hope, and new beginnings.
And here it is Easter again. It’s also Passover for my Jewish friends and Ramadan on the Islamic calendar. All three holidays are movable feasts based on the lunar calendars of their respective cultures. So to those who celebrate in this way, blessings be with you.
For me, this is a good time for a brief intermission.
For the past several months, this blog has been focusing on my journal entries from when I first became a freelance writer, and the lessons I learned from them (or didn’t).
At this point, the journal becomes more personal and less professional as I focus on living arrangements and planning a themed birthday party. I still have to figure out how to deal with the party, which provided some life lessons that maybe I don’t want to revisit in a public forum.
On the professional side, it deals with my breakout assignments with my first newspaper, the Journal Opinion of Bradford, Vermont. The life lessons there are about first jobs and life in a small newspaper. That would be fodder for a different series entirely, one that perhaps I’ll explore next year if I can’t keep up this season.
I need this time off from blogging so I can complete my next big project: a history of the invention of Bubble Wrap. I intend to self-publish a short book on the subject to coordinate with my interview for The History Channel, which is coming up in early May.
Behind the scenes, I’ll be regrouping my research, rewriting the text, and spending a surprising amount of time indexing my sources. The book will be breezy and non-technical, but will explain what I know about the work my father and his partner did together over nearly a decade that eventually led to the invention that we all know today.
There’s more to be told, of course. I particularly want to try to track down family members of Marc A. Chavannes, who was the visionary behind these projects. But for now, all I have to go from is personal stories and public record. It’s enough to publish a first edition, anyway.
So … thank you for joining me on this trip down Memory Lane. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and perhaps learned something from it. I know I have. And no, it’s not done yet. I think these journals will lead to some insights about learning the craft of journalism.
And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for: clues to what motivated me to take up a second draft of my play. My next project depends on that information, so stay tuned!
In case you missed it …
Reading Time: 2 minutes I didn’t have the necessary devotion, interest, motivation, or drive to continue my legal studies. Had I subconsciously decided not to return to the law?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Biking through the countryside gave me a new view of the paper’s coverage area, and time to think about the stories I wanted to tell.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Does a reporter create a conflict of interest by accepting publicity work from the subject of a story? It could have become a tangled web.
Reading Time: < 1 minutes As a writer, I should care more about what other people think and less about what they think of me.