By Jim Hastings, Feb 27 2015 03:19AM
Ever since my freshman year in high school, I have felt the need to write -- and not just to fulfill course requirements. Of course, this work takes a lot of thought, as other writers know. I don't consider myself the super-literary type. I don't write for the sake of writing. I do it because I feel strongly on certain subjects and have something to say about them -- no matter who hears.
Still, when the creative muse has hold of me, I sometimes wonder: "Do I really want to work this hard? Does anyone else revise and edit their own work as much as I do?"
Then I remember how Signor Verdi and Herr Beethoven, whose output I greatly admire, frequently revised and tweaked their musical scores before going public with them. Often they made some fine-tuning adjustments after premiering a work. With this in mind, I tell myself: "I'm nowhere near their level of genius. But if these guys had to take such pains, then should I be at all surprised when I have to go through similar agony?"
The subjects I will contribute to my blog aren't just those related to my own business or line of work. You'll see other topics as well -- music, fitness, national issues. If it's a matter I feel strongly about, you'll hear from me on it.
At present, I am moderating comments -- but not to censor anyone. I welcome comments, dissenting or concurring. I just want to be sure that the feedback stays within reasonable length, on topic, and free of taboo words -- the sort broadcasters would delete.
So stay tuned. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you -- and reading your thoughts in return.