As some of you already know I write a weekly restaurant review column for the daily paper here in Waynesboro, VA. (We have 3 daily papers all competing and all prospering, so the newspaper business in not dead in small town America.)
Well, I spoke with the features editor at the paper today, and I may be writing 2 more columns for the paper. These would be monthly instead of weekly. One would be on different people's hobbies - model trains, rocketry, full sized gliders, gaming, remote control cars, and that sort of thing. I could even write a piece on medieval re-creationism in which my family is involved.
The other column would be about home schooling. A subject near and dear to my heart. No one else seems to have a newspaper column on this topic. The paper I write owned by a small company involved in communications. If my column is good enough and hits the market just right, I could end up becoming a synidicated columnist. At least in my wildest dreams it could happen.
First I need to find the time to write the columns, which is difficult as the business for my freelance title company is picking up a little more each week. But, a lot of writers gave up
to write while they worked regular jobs. The difference with these columns is that I would actually get paid for writing them. Hoody Hoo!
And before I forget, I received my first fan letter from the owner of a restaurant that I reviewed last month. It was mailed to me at the paper. I still find it to be very
that my column is laminated, framed, and hung up in so many restaurants in this area.
I just keep remembering that I began to do this to stretch beyond my comfort zone by confronting my fear of the blank page. And I