My first blog post ever.

I turned fifty in August and after getting over the initial realization that I was a half century old, I decided that it was time to busy.

With great enthusiasm I began writing. It was the best way for me to transfer ideas from the soft drive inside my skull to the hard drive inside my computer.  Next I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators (SCBWI) and it was during a table critique of one of my stories at the New York SCBWI Conference that I met a fellow aspiring author and gentleman named Rick Alimonti. Rick graciously introduced me to his friend - a literary agent that he had known for years named Jennifer de Chiara, and introduced us. From that introduction I now have representation. Jennifer is my agent and together we are at the beginning of what we both hope will be a fantastic journey. This is a huge opportunity for me and one I will not squander. With hard work and a lot of luck and good people like Jennifer in my corner, I hope to be able to get my stories into the hands of children.  And I hope they like them!

Without a doubt, these last six months have been a creative shot in the arm. I feel energized. This is really fun. I realize how much I love writing and storytelling and I promise to do plenty of it and for as long as I can.

At the request/advice of my agent I am starting to engage in social media. This is a big deal for me. I love and respect computers and I love and respect the internet, but I also love and respect fresh air, sunshine, physical exercise, sports and life in the physical world. Social media scares me a little, as I know just how time consuming it can be if you let it get away from you.

I’ll do my best to keep my life, my family, my work, my writing and my hobbies in balance because I think it is important. I also agree with my advisors (my kids) that it is important to keep up with the times. It is a changing world and change is not necessarily a bad thing. So I’m officially in, friends. I will no longer be that guy who uses a rotary phone and thinks social media is a fad. On the other hand, I won’t be the guy who lives on social media.  I will find a balance and mostly, I will try to have fun with it.

What will I write about on this blog? Good question. I think I’ll just wing it and see what happens. That’s sort of how I live my life anyway, so it makes sense. I’ll just follow my interests and see where they take me.

My only guidelines will be as follows: Positive. Respectful. Light hearted. Happy. Friendly.

Just like me!