When I was 18, I knew what I wanted to be–a Marine–what I wanted to do and I had a plan for how to get there..
It’s been nearly 20 years since I left boot camp without graduating and I still think about it.
I know there’s a reason I’ve been on this path the last twenty years, but I’m not sure what it is yet, but I think I’m getting closer.
Like being a Marine, I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a teenager.
I loved creating something from nothing and discovering new worlds.Writing for me was a power trip, especially growing up when I didn’t have any power.
I started writing again ten years ago when a friend said, “You read a lot Brian, you should write something. You’re a smart guy, you should write.”
I wrote a few short stories after that and in 2004, just before my son was born I started writing a novel, it was my first and I learned a lot from the process.
Last year I finished me second novel, and have written a lot of short stories since then.
This year hasn’t been as strong as last year, but I’ve learned a lot from writing short stories.
For twenty years I’ve been on this path, but since I started writing again I’ve begun to feel more like the kid from Wyoming who wanted to be a Marine.
I’m finding that writing is fun, life is a pain in the ass and that I have an amazing wife who’ll support me no matter what I want to be. Along with our kids I’m sure I’ll find my way.
My path doesn’t include dress blues or the Marine Corps hymn like I wanted it to twenty years ago, but I’m enjoying the writer’s path and spending time with the wife I have, our kids and I”m thankful for being where I am and finally discovering who I am.