We've established that I'm horrendously busy and overextended, right? And that blogging needs to be at the bottom of my priority list as I finish my education and read my 28 textbooks and take care of my family and 5K Ass? Okay, we're all on the same page then.
I never should have opened the e-mail inviting me to review a site that features first person writing and offers cash prizes and is looking for publicity and submissions. Why, you ask, is this a problem? Because it's an amazing place. FieldReport is the name of the site; I'd never heard of it before. What do I love about it? The stories are like blog posts on steroids.
These stories are the piece you set aside and went back to and polished and had other writers give you feedback on until it was as transformed and beautiful as the homely stone you put in your rock tumbler as a child--letting the tumbler clean and buff until something extraordinary emerged.
With one click of my mouse I was hooked; this is the writing I've come to love through blogging. Ordinary people's stories told by those who possess keen writing skills, an ability to connect with the reader and a compulsion to spin a great, but true, yarn.
Not only will you want to read these stories, I'm sure you'll want to submit your own. I know I'm thinking of a story I haven't posted here and maybe now I won't. Maybe I'll let it percolate until I can give it the time and attention it deserves; then maybe I'll be ready to submit it to FieldReport.
Check it out and let me know what you think.