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!
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Way to go, Susan. Writing is a fine time. I’ll be watching for more from you.
Thanks, Rod. The gracious sharing your blog experience inspired me to get ‘er done.
Good job Susan, I can’t wait to read your book. I will try to get the library to get a copy for those that know you here.
Thanks, Kathi! I’ll be organizing a book tour, too, and hope to land at one or more Port Townsend/Jefferson County venues.
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Love Inaugural entry. I am confident that my presence here will in no way interface with the future of your creative process. I have ordered expresso during a March of Age protest blocking traffic during rush hour on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on more than 1 occasions. Gods bless you and the future of Creative writing as witnessed by myself and the Great & Powerful Google +
Thanks, Neil, and good work with the espresso/Viaduct!
This really is a great environment. Much less traffic than FB. Know what I mean ? It’s intimidating on FB. Because. It’s like the bathroom wall of the world. I always wish they could give us more options than just
Ok .. I registered at WolfSinger Publications .. e-mail notifications of upcoming releases .. Also read the teaser from Small-g City .. I’m Excited for you & also myself .. Looking forward to seeing what your brilliance has revealed
Neil, I predict you’ll never look at the Alaskan Way Viaduct in the same way again. Thanks for signing up at WolfSinger!