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Aug 6, 2008, 3:05 PM

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My name is Rob and I'm 38 and living in the Boston area.I'm a steel worker and aspiring writer...obviously!
For years I've worked jobs that I've loathed or could barely put up with just to pay the bills.I have decided enough is enough.
It's time for me to take a year or two,take some classes here in Boston at night and see if I have what it takes to make a career as a writer.
Now I'm not talking about writing a great American novel next week....but (to quote Bill Murray) baby steps!
Since I was a teenager I've always felt I had something more to offer the world then doing a good days work at a construction site or steel shop.I've always been creative and I guess I feel if I don't start now I never will.
So again....hello and thanks for having me!

Joanne Merriam

Aug 6, 2008, 7:29 PM

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Welcome to the Speakeasy, Rob. I'm just up the road in New Hampshire and am always seeing postings about things in Boston. You're in a good place to start out. Good luck!

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Most recently: Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Atwood, Bacigalupi, JCO, etc.)

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Aug 7, 2008, 4:56 PM

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Thanks for the welcome Joanne!
I'm still kinda just checking out the site and feeling my way around ,if you know what I mean!

Jessie Carty
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Aug 8, 2008, 8:52 AM

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I went thru the same realization in about 2006 and this is a great place to start connecting with other writers.
And your other decision is a good one too..getting to meet people locally is a great help.

Good luck to you!


Rachel Maizes

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Aug 8, 2008, 10:05 PM

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Welcome, Rob. Good luck with pursuing writing. Your past jobs may provide you with wonderful material and they've probably already given you a good work ethic which you'll need as a writer.


Aug 9, 2008, 3:53 PM

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Thank you Rachel
You're right about my past jobs....I think they may prove to be fertile ground for stories.
Over the years I've met some colorful characters to say the least.I had a boss when I was 22 who was a biker.He'd spent time on a chain gang in Florida.The guys name was Grubby....yes you read correctly.
One time he was trying to pull out a tree stump from the side of a hill by tying one end of a chain around the tree and the other end to a bobcat(a small tractor for the non construction crowd...heh heh).
Needless to say the train snapped and the bobcat (with Grubby tucked inside) proceeded to topple over down the hill 3 times and land against a cinderblock wall.
Grubby was ok,just a little shaken and stirred....a little white trash martini if you will.
The only thing wounded was his pride...but oh man was it hysterical!
In case you're wondering,we cut the stump out with a chainsaw,and nobody fell down the hill!

Rachel Maizes

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Aug 9, 2008, 7:17 PM

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Too funny.

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