I graduated from Western Washington University this past June (June 2011), earning my Bachelor's degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. From being in the English program, I have written short stories. On my own time, I have a notebook and Word documents full of notes, outlines and partial drafts of a fantasy trilogy. As of right now, I have that project on hold. I have also written a picture book that is an extension of a nursery rhyme (I won't say which one at the moment because you never know when someone will take the idea and run with it). Besides these stories, I also have a gazillion ideas galore on future writing projects.
For months and years, I've wanted to actually try to write a book-length story. The farthest I got was with the fantasy book I mentioned above. But this past June (around the time I graduated), a new idea came to me for a Young Adult part realistic/part fantasy type story. I am extremely excited over the possibilities that this story could take on. And I haven't been this excited about wanting to write a story in a long time.
The reason why I have never gotten far in my attempts at writing a book-length story is because I just haven't forced myself to take the time to do it. And I'm tired of it, quite frankly. I just need to do it. If nothing ever happens from any of these stories (like publication), that's one thing. But I won't know what the outcome could be if I don't actually try and do it.
I am someone who reads all the time. And I know that someone who wants to be a writer needs to do both: read a lot and write a lot. But in order to write, I do need to scale back my reading at least a little bit in order to cover both grounds.
About This Blog:
This blog was just launched today. You will be able to see many different things show up here. Since I am starting the writing process of this Young Adult story, you may see updates once in a while on how far along I am, when I am having problems with it, when I'm loving certain parts I'm writing. I won't give away the plot, but you never know when little sneak peeks or other tidbits may appear.
I also want to use this blog to share my thoughts on a wide variety of topics. This could be recommendations, quotes, photos/videos, opinion pieces, etc. There will be much more, which ties in to what I will talk about below.
TV Watch Online:
If you aren't aware yet, I have other online outlets besides this one. My very first venture in writing and sharing my thoughts online was with TV Watch Online, a TV/Movie/Entertainment website devoted to the latest news on such shows as The Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, The Apprentice, Glee, American Idol, The X Factor, Survivor, Grey's Anatomy, America's Got Talent and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (other shows I watch but don't cover are Once Upon a Time and American Horror Story, and I want to watch the upcoming Smash and Alcatraz), as well as the Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Twilight Saga, Hunger Games and The Hobbit movie franchises.
TV Watch Online BLOG:
The TV Watch Online BLOG (T.W.O. BLOG for short) accompanies the above website, where I have posted show recaps/reviews, opinion pieces, award show predictions and much more. I have fun doing this, and I hope you will check it out. Even though I'm an avid reader, I also love watching TV, which is why I devote a website and blog to the TV shows and movie franchises I watch and follow. Oh, and just to let you know...you could say that American Idol is my religion; I take that show very seriously. No one better be talking when it's on. But don't take that the wrong way...no, no, no! I really am a pretty easy-going guy. Anyone? (more awkward silence). You can follow TV Watch Online on Twitter @TVWatchOnline.
But back to this blog for a moment now. Whereas TV Watch Online is more of a professional outlet, this one here that you're reading now will be a personal blog. I will write about whatever it is I feel like writing, including how the writing process is going and what the status is with my quest to get published. And who knows, maybe I'll also become a YouTuber as well.
Earlier this year (back around May/June), I started writing for OMGWire.com. Over this past summer, I wrote recaps/reviews for America's Got Talent. And this past fall, I did the same for the very first season of The X Factor USA. They are currently under construction at the moment. And when the site returns, it will be a different sort of website than it was before. I had so much fun writing for them during that brief time, and appreciate the opportunity they gave me. I hope to continue the recaps when American Idol returns during this midseason 2012, though obviously on a different website (I haven't finalized yet where online I will be writing it at). Before writing for OMGWire, I was doing these recaps/reviews on the T.W.O. BLOG.
Just to let you know, all of the above that I mentioned I do for free because I want to do all of that. In terms of my work life, I am a freelance editor and writer. I am a transcriptionist/editor for 3Play Media, a company that provides transcription services for audio and video. And recently, I started working as a freelance editor/writer for BuddyTV.com. According to their website, "...users can read news about their favorite shows and actors and interact with other fans in our rabid community. Users can also play addictive games on the sites such as Trivia, Personality Quizzes, and Celeb Rater." Click HERE (Articles by Jeff Dodge) to go to the page that lists all of the articles I have written for them.
Feel free to leave comments on any entries I write on my new blog here and I may write back. If this can be like a conversation, then all the better. And I really do mean this, because I love this interaction that can happen with others around the country and world.
What's To Come:
Before I finally finish this first post, I want to apologize for how long this first post is. I doubt what I write on here will normally be this long, unless it is for a special reason (like some of the features coming up throughout this first week). And during the first week of this blog, I will be posting excerpts from various online writing that I have done over the years that I am proud of doing (such as interviews with The Apprentice's Mahsa and author Kaleb Nation, a Harry Potter essay, an opinion piece on Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, and an on-the-scene report from an X Factor audition stop).
Follow me on my personal Twitter account @TheJeffDodge. I tweet various thoughts and opinions there (not everything I tweet out will appear on this blog, so I suggest following me on Twitter to make sure you don't miss anything). And anything I post on this blog will be tweeted there as well.
Now, since there's no one there and I'm all by myself, I don't feel ashamed in saying that I must get back to my Macarena tribute band.
(Wait...did that last sentence just get put online? How do I take it off? It's not true, I tell you! Not true! Shoot, no one's going to take me seriously now.)