When I first touched pen to paper, or more aptly – finger to keyboard, I had no idea where it would take me – that first letter, those first words.
Harold punched the mirror until there were a thousand faces of Harold, each crouched over and breathing hard, hair limp and lathered in sweat. It dripped down their necks, but only Harold knew it dripped in his pits.
“You can do this,” he looked himself in the eye, intimidated by the image the panel of Harolds projected, All powerful suits and straight-laced ties.
On the 13th of March this year, I first began blogging. I hadn’t an idea of what I wanted to write, I just knew I wanted to write. That was how Scratches and Scribbles was born. I wrote every day when I first started, submitting creative works to competitions and updating my blog. I didn’t win any competition of course, but that was never really the point.
It was about recognition and it was recognition that found me publishing content online at The Australia Times online.
Of course it wasn’t a paid opportunity, but I hardly cared. Any opportunity was something for my resume, something I was proud of. That was of course- when my posts on Scratches and Scribbles stopped appearing everyday. Dividing my time between an online publication, my personal blog and work was difficult.
Now? Even more so.
Last week, I received an email, correspondence from My Trending Stories, a team based in New York. I hadn’t known how long they had been following me (secretly I assume! I certainly didn’t know!), but they sent me an email and it said –
“We have come across your blog https://scratchesandscribbles.com/ and strongly admire the content. Your writing abilities and ability to engage readers is remarkable and a very rare asset in this days and age oversaturated blogging community. We would love to have your content on writing/reviews displayed on our website…”
That was my first reaction when I read that email.
Calm, I told myself.
One Deep breath.
Then I picked up the phone and called my girlfriend.
Beep Beep, the phone went.
She didn’t pick up but that too, is not the point.
I knew on top of everything it was a lot to take on, but that moment when I first touched pen to paper, or finger to keyboard – I knew I just wanted to write.
So from today, I’ll be joining the My Trending Stories Team.
But it doesn’t mean I’m leaving you guys.
In addition to Scratches and Scribbles, you can now find me here –
This year has been amazing for me and what better way to celebrate it?
Explore your Fiction
And Love your Reality.