and what do you know about love letters?
I seem to write love letters for a living.
Growing up, I always knew that I would write. But, as adulthood loomed, I realized the fairytales I dreamed up in my composition notebook would need to transform into flavorless bites of cold, hard news.
I knew I needed to become a journalist — because I could make so much more money doing that than playing make believe.
But what does the news have to do with love letters, anyway? More often than not, what we have to report is sad. Heartbreaking, even. Writing – as a journalist, novelist, poet or in any other form – is about opening my heart to the pain and hope of every person.
And then telling that story.
Right now, I am telling stories as an education reporter at The Villages Daily Sun. I have previously held positions as community, general assignment and political reporters and senior copy editor.
At The Daily Sun, I have covered local representatives, legislative sessions, U.S. senators, governors, the secretary of state and the president. I also have produced investigative reporting on rural poverty, covered hurricanes and localized a global pandemic. And, yes, I've written about a dog wedding or two in there as well. I tell any and all stories for my community.
I take as many opportunities as are available to stretch beyond my usual pieces and abilities. When I'm not working, I'm writing fictional short stories, studying for my master's courses in business journalism or preparing a speech for my next Toastmasters meeting.
Explore my page to get a better idea of what I can do.