Bob Skrezyna

Writer | Editor


Life is changing fast.

I honestly didn’t expect my life to still in some sort of flux at 37, but here we are. Aren’t things supposed to be figured out by now? Aren’t even the most basic of issues supposed to be more or less figured out at this point? Shouldn’t I have some kind of direction?

It seems the answer is a resounding no.

Maybe that’s how it should be. The most interesting people over the age of 40 that I know are still not exactly sure what they want from life. They have the basics covered, of course, but the big picture stuff isn’t in as sharp focus. They seem happy, content and full of life. And I couldn’t be more jealous.

Perhaps I simply haven’t given myself enough time. This feeling of uncertainty is still pretty new, a few months really. I was under the impression my life was going just fine but forgot one important piece of the puzzle: I’m not the only one who impacts my life.

Interesting thought.

More to come.

Thank You Lady Day (Flash Reflection On Greatness)

Billie Holiday introduced me to vocal jazz and I thank her for it to this day - and so should you,

Is her voice polished? No. Is her voice powerful? No. Is her voice her own? Yes. And that's what set her apart from most other singers of her (and any) era. Bessie Smith comes in a close second in my book but the passion that Lady Day pours into God Bless The Child and Strange Fruit is...just beyond! Even lighthearted tunes like My Mother's Son-in-Law become something more special than the writer's intent because the words are flowing from the lips of Holiday.

She led a flawed life and often gave into her demons but somehow she knew what she was doing the whole time. Even when those demons finally took her she left something more than her shadow behind. She left a legacy we can all bask in even all these years later.

Thank you, Lady Day. Always.

Dusting Off The 'ol Internet

I have to admit that I had almost forgotten what this website looked like there for a bit. As usual, life got in the way of, well, everything fun and relaxing. I had been out of a day job while rebounding from my hip surgery but recently returned to work. My new schedule has kept me busy and beat, but at least I'm providing for my family a little better than I was before.

I am attacking National Novel Writing Month once again. In other words, just as I was getting used to my new schedule and finding time to relax I have started something that will zap the creative juices from my head and basically cause me to crawl into the fetal position nightly and weep myself to sleep. Which, as any NaNo writer can tell you, is par for the course.

So here's to hoping that I'll be able to find just a little more time to update the blog here (or perchance - the typecast page!) on a more normal basis. I have a lot to say but my brain sometimes has a problem with the putting the words into sentences thing.

Ah well...back to my manuscript!

A Quick Update

First of all, I'm not dead.

Now that we've got that out of the way let me also assure you that I have not forgotten about this site, blog or life in general. If one were to judge solely on the dates of the last few posts here (and on my typecast page as well) they would be hard pressed to prove my existence.

But such is life.

First of all I have been quite busy tending to several clients. I've been focusing on ghostwriting over the past few months and have had the pleasure of working with some genuinely great clients. I was even able to write some fiction for one of them, which is always a treat!

I have given the first half (or so) of Still Wife to a beta reader yesterday. I am really unsure of how much of the story is there but the manuscript I gave her was around 55,000 words and upwards of 160 pages, so I'll assume I'm halfway done. The story is taking me places I didn't outline and the characters are going places I didn't expect them to. In other words it working a lot like my first novel, Found and Lost, which is a great thing! 

I plan on outlining a series of blog posts in the new future so I can update more often and get myself back on the writing every day track. With November coming fast - and with it National Novel Writing Month - I need to get back in the habit. A great sign showed itself yesterday when I had to pull to the side of the road while driving to write down some story ideas. Gotta love when inspiration strikes when you're doing 60 MPH!

I also hope to be starting a new day job in the near future. I'm not sure how that will effect my daily writing routine but I'm sure I'll find a way, as I do now, to find time to write my personal things, for clients and still have some time left to update this blog...and work on my typewriters...and play with the kids...

Someone once said that life is at its most interesting when you're busy. Well, "interesting" is a word....

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