Everything’s Cyclical in Writing

When I decided I wanted to declare journalism (well at DePaul it was Communications) as my major in college, it came as a natural decision to me. I like to ask questions and I like to write. I also love sports. I put two and two together and voila, I’m going to be a sports journalist. I’m going to kick Jay Mariotti off the back page of the Chicago Sun-Times. Well, it didn’t exactly turn out that way.

I briefly started and wrote a sports section for Lawndale News and was lucky enough to sit in the press box on opening day for the White Sox a few years back. Those of you who know me for a long time know how much I love to tell this story. When I freelanced after college, I would always try to snag the sports-related stories, but nothing panned out the way I wanted it to.

I had moved on from the dream, focusing on other things than traveling the country following the Cubs, Sox, Hawks, Bulls and Bears. My writing became more community oriented, something else I discovered a love for in college. I had almost forgotten about my love for sports writing until a few months ago.

Someone in my network posted about a project she couldn’t take on and I hopped on it immediately. Tickets, I can do social media for a ticket company. I met with the founders of HappyFanTickets, presented my proposal and hopped aboard that day. And I never looked back. It’s been a few months now, and I’ve been a part of something special. Working with a company from the ground up is truly special; you get to watch it grow and know that you contributed to said growth.

This is more than a project to me. It took me back around back to my love of writing all things sports related. I’m lucky enough to create content for and shape the HappyFanTickets blog, thecornerofcheapandeasy. I get to write about sports, have intellectual spars with people from different educational backgrounds and learn new things.

Writing world, thanks for throwing passion back at me. I appreciate it!

Have any of you had an experience like this?

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Thanks Chicago Public Library!

I’ve been sharing with you my love of the library and my obsession with my new Kindle. They have now morphed together. This morning as I was going through my Twitter feed, I discovered the Chicago Public Library is now offering e-books for my Kindle. Yes I shrieked with delight in my apartment, causing my two cats to look at my like I was insane.

I read the Sun-Times article and was pleased to know that the Chicago Public Library has multiple digital copies of the best-selling books to borrow. All you have to do is log onto the site and enter your library card number and zip code. 3,546 books at my fingertips for free. And I don’t have to worry about late fees! Sign me up now.

I immediately logged onto the Chicago Public Library site to view what was available and I was not surprised to find myself looking at a wait list for many of the best sellers. As Jen commented on my post about the potential Amazon digital library, many people don’t want to wait on these lists. That’s fine for you all, but this girl is adding herself on the wait list now. The nice thing is is that the site shows you how many copies of the e-book are available and how many people are on the waiting list.

Since I have gotten my Kindle, I have been devouring books like crazy. I’m a firm believer that the more you read the better you write.¬† This discovery is going to feed into my desire to read and desire to write. Winter in Chicago is coming and I think I just figured out what I’m going to do holed up in my apartment when the snow comes.