a weblog for readers and writers

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Eleven Years of Writeful

It seems hard to believe, but it was 11 years ago that I launched Writeful: a weblog for writers and readers with these words:

Hello, and welcome to Writeful! It seems only writeful that I join my fellow writers and launch a weblog. We writers (and our readers) need to stick together, after all. In this exploding cyber-community, remember that every “weblog” begins with “we.” Since every “we” includes a “me,” perhaps an appropriate place to start is to tell you who I am.

How old-fashioned a weblog seems today. And yet, I like keeping the tradition alive and plan to keep Writeful going.

In the 11 years that followed, I’ve shared tips from established authors like Alice McDermott, Neil Gaiman, Tom Wolf, and John Irving as well as news about literary events and prizes. 

I’ve shared armchair travel stories and short stories published in journals, magazines, and online. I’ve promoted the books of friends and fellow authors and have kept readers abreast of my own publications and book releases.

At times, posts came daily or even more frequently than that. 

Now, with more connections made on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, updates are more like a few times a month, or as updates come.

All of the posts are still there, going all the way back to June 22, 2005. Take a stroll along the world wide web; visit the archives along the left side of the screen!

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Family Matters

It’s certainly been an eventful week. Within eight days’ time, a number of large life events have taken place. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

First, my daughter’s last day of high school and senior prom on Friday, then my brother’s out-of-state beach wedding rehearsal the next day and wedding on Sunday.

The following week saw my daughter’s high school graduation (from Towson High School) at Towson University (where she’ll be attending Towson’s Honors College in the fall). And, of course, the graduation parties and visits from family and friends. Now, she’s enjoying Senior Week at the beach with two of her friends—fortunately not at the giant one most of the seniors are muddling through.

Mixed in with all of that was my grandfather’s 98th birthday, an awards ceremony for Nicole, and a scholarship ceremony for her as well. She walked out with scholarships from Towson University, Towson High School, and the Maryland House of Delegates.

Alex still has another week and a half before his graduation from elementary school.

When it rains, it pours. Then, let the summer begin!