My name is Susan Matley and I’m a writer.
If there’s a twelve-step program to cure this condition, I don’t want to hear about it. Why? Because I love being a writer. Sure, sometimes writing makes me antisocial. Sometimes I even wake up with a headache after a long, unbroken session at the desk, but these mild pathologies are not sufficient to stop me, or even slow me down. It’s a job that’s taken me a lifetime to acquire, a job that stands out from decades of accounting, music and assorted other work I’ve performed because I look forward to doing it every single day.
One of the coolest things about writing is its thrift; every job you’ve held, every friend or foe you’ve had, every piano lesson you resisted when you were a kid is useful material. The bonus is, everything you’ve wanted to experience is useful material, too. For me, it’s a lot of fun to stretch my imagination to create a new world, or ask an expert how (and why) they do their job. Astronomy, pulling a calf, late 19th century American art- -so much to investigate, so little time.
My intention in keeping this blog is to share ideas about reading and writing, as well as occasional observations about life (I qualify for AARP, so I figure I’m old enough to have these). However, when I have some exciting news to share . . .
Writers are generally avid readers. If you’re reading this, you probably are, too. I’m beyond excited that my novella, Small-g City (a fantasy set in Seattle’s recent past), is scheduled for release this year from WolfSinger Publications ( www.wolfsingerpubs.com ). If you’ve ever ordered an espresso drink, fought the march of age across the human body, suffered from extreme job burn-out or driven on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, this book is definitely for you! Details, as available, to follow.
Thanks so much for reading my inaugural entry. Stay tuned for the next installment, coming soon!