Today, I began a new journal. A new journal is an opportunity to take stock and re-map goals. I decided on calling the blog VERVE because I wanted to capture the energy and spirit of life, create a public journal of essays, reviews, and articles. The reason that I began writing VERVE has been to give my life a narrative. It has helped me to turn writing from fantasy to routine. When I began VERVE, I saw writing as a laborious art to explore and explain myself to that world. To make a living as a writer has always been a goal, but unrealistic; statistically or accessibly. The number of writers able to make a living at fiction writing is small. Accessibility because I prefer writing shorter fiction, and fiction magazines are no longer popular nor widely circulated; magazines rarely publish short fiction anymore.
What attracts me to writing is what attracts me to reading: changing perspective. Now and growing up, I enjoy reading’s ability to expose me to life experiences I hadn’t known or would know. Words affect the physical world, re-shaping personal experiences and perspective through investigation. Essays and stories help make sense of an increasingly complex world through exposure to another’s personal moments and reactions to the same world. Writing is a pure reaction to create and build upon the physical world, re-conceptualizing experiences.