I have always enjoyed writing from a very young age. Several years ago, I had read a column in the Opinion section of a local newspaper where a man was talking about parents who had left their babies locked in a hot car – either accidentally or on purpose. The letter went further though to indicate this man’s belief that this issue was primarily happening to fathers and his premise seemed to even go further to indicate that fathers are not as capable of caretakers as mothers are.
As a father of two myself, I found this highly offensive and wrote a letter to the editor saying so. I was telling some friends of mine at work that week what I had done and they teased me a little and asked me if I was planning to start my own column in the paper. They even joked that I should call it “The White Papers”.
Despite the fact they were teasing me, I actually considered the idea. I contacted the Editor of the paper and asked him if such a thing was possible. Amazingly enough, he said yes and for four years, I wrote a monthly article for this paper on whatever topic I wanted. I didn’t get paid much, but I found the experience to be amazing. I no longer live in that town, but I wanted to explore another arena for writing.
I’ve played around with other blogs and sites, but have decided to branch out on my own and see if I can utilize my programming skills with my writing skills. I am still good friends with the friends I mentioned previously and “The White Papers” joke still comes up from time to time in our discussion. I thought it would be a perfect fit for the name of this blog!
While this blog is mostly my way to vent about various political items that come up from time to time, I enjoy writing creatively too. I took part in NaNoWriMo in 2012 (see NaNoWriMo for more information on what they do) and wrote my first book, entitled The Habitué. It is a book primarily for young adults, but honestly I believe anyone might anyone might enjoy it! If you’re interested, check it out on Amazon at The Habitué.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy the blog!