How It All Started
On July 8, 2013, I got up at 4:30 a.m. to write my first essay. Days earlier, I had issued a challenge to myself. I’d write and post an essay every day for 365 consecutive days. Why? Because after all those years of writing and creating stories for others, I needed something I could call my own, and with encouragement from my wife, Joan, I decided this was something I wanted and needed to do.
With that in mind, I made a few rules for myself along the way:
Each essay would be at least 365 words in length, with no maximum.
I would write each essay as soon as I got out of bed.
I would post each day’s essay by 7:00 a.m. (to prevent procrastination).
I would write the essay, read it once for some "rough" editing, and then post it; warts, typos, streams of consciousness, tired prose and all.
I would not worry if anyone other than myself read the essays. It was simply an exercise, a challenge, and most importantly, something I could have as my own.
The next year would be fun, exhausting and sometimes stressful, as most of my pieces turned into 1,000 to 2,000-word diatribes, stories from my childhood, everyday observations and sometimes, fictional pieces.
On July 7, 2014, one year and a half-million words later, I wrote Essay #365,
with the story of my first Little League home run which I had hit—coincidentally—on that very day 37 years prior. Since then, I’ve pulled back, writing and posting weekly essays for those folks who follow my web site, not coincidentally called