Well, hello, there, and welcome to my new site! If you’re here, it’s probably because you know me, but I’m hoping to draw new people in at some point, so I might as well start at the beginning.
So, here goes! I’m Jim, and I’m working on my very first novel. Or rather, working on the first novel that I’m actually going to complete. I’ve tried a few other times over the years to get one going, but never managed to get past the prologue. I’m considerably further than that this time; I’ve written the first draft of a novel, and I’m in the early stages of editing it now. I feel like I’ve been in that stage forever, but I haven’t really. I started writing in mid-August, and I finished the draft in mid-October. Somehow, I did that just on nights and weekends, since my day job takes, at minimum, 50 hours a week, plus another five hours for the commute.
I also have a family to consider! I’ve been married for four years now, and we have a 1-year-old son who keeps us delighted. I also have an 18-year-old son who’s in college at my alma mater, Ohio University. I’ve always lived in Ohio; only the towns have changed. I grew up in Toledo, went to school in Athens, and I’ve worked in Sandusky, Kenton, Lima, Newark and Lancaster, in that order. I live in Columbus now and still work in Lancaster, hence the commute.
I have a wide variety of interests, some of which you’ll see pop up in my writing. I’m a big sports fan, and baseball in particular. I’ve been a Detroit Tigers fan since the mid-80s, back when I thought them winning a World Series wasn’t so unusual. (Oops.) I’m also a big music fan; mostly rock music, but some other genres, as well. The era doesn’t matter; I love the Beatles, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, U2, Matchbox 20, and Shinedown, among others. That pretty much covers the 60s to today, doesn’t it?
I’ve also long been a fan of a good ghost story, which is why it surprises me still that it took me so long to get around to actually writing one. Or rather, writing one that’s longer than five pages; I wrote one way back in high school, and even though I’ve long since lost track of the original, I remember it well enough to easily tell it again. When I’ve tried writing novels in the past, I could never settle on a genre; I think I only ever tried more sci-fi/fantasy, but just couldn’t sustain it.
That’s not to say I haven’t written anything; far from it. My day job (well, usually it’s days, but it can be really any time) is as a journalist. I’ve been a reporter or an editor in Ohio professionally since 1997, as well as for college and high school publications. I’ve covered a wide range of things, but the central theme to most of it is local governments. Of course, that can be rather broad; I’ve covered economic development to human interest, gruesome murders to football games, presidential visits to dog rescues. I’ve met a lot of people, a few of them famous, but those aren’t generally the interesting ones. Instead, I tend to find “average” people to be the most interesting. I enjoy getting to know what motivates people, what in their lives makes them who they are. Sometimes that takes years of getting to know a source; sometimes people wear it on their sleeves for the world to see. I tend to find the journey fascinating.
So, that’s me in a nutshell. I hope to start updating this blog regularly, and maybe redesign it once I get more used to WordPress. Thanks for taking the time to check me out!