A few months ago I received a message from one of my favorite people, a former dancer at my previous place of employment. He’s one of my favorite people because he is just such a nice guy. How nice? He worked with me an entire summer as we chaperoned a group of teens and he still speaks to me. Oh, and it is the summer I Was Off My Meds (cue horror music). So…yep, he’s a nice guy.
Anyway, he mentioned that he was working on a writing project and wondered if we could get together and talk about it. I love helping people get hooked in to the local writing community and fueling their inspirational fires. It didn’t hurt that he has great adventures that translate to some pretty entertaining stories. Sadly, between real life obligations, wicked weather and my encounter with disease vectors over spring break, it took almost four months from that first enquiry for us to sit down and talk about his project.
It was SO worth the wait! He has got some fantastic happenings lined up for his blog (and life). I was really impressed that he wants to work on his writing skills because he wants to be a better writer for himself. (And for his mother – he wants to make you proud, Mrs. Troxler!) My number one tip to him was to not lose his voice in the editing process. He is not writing for academia and it would be a shame if his stories ended up dusty tomes of proper grammar. As with all things, there is a balance.
Rather than launching an intense blog, social media and speaking schedule, he is building up to his vision. I believe that is much wiser than launching at 110% and then being forced to quickly pull back on some things. He is giving himself permission to make a mistake or two along the way, which is something we should all learn to do.
I am so excited about what he has in store, I am giving my three readers the inside scoop. Check out Lewis and Clark and Mark. Go back to the beginning and read about his original adventures, then sign up for the RSS feed and get ready to have your socks knocked off over the next six months. When everyone is talking about him in 2016, you can say, “Oh, I’ve been following Mark forever!” while you sip your craft beer in your vegan leather sandals. (NB: craft beer and vegan leather sandals are optional)
In totally unrelated, but super cool, news – I also booked another speaking gig today! A paid speaking gig! My congenital inability to be quiet is starting to pay off.
Not a bad Monday at all.