Man, I'm out of sync. Like basketball or music or painting or just about anything one does well, writing requires practice. If you get out of the habit, it can be tough to write something new and interesting enough for Pulitzer consideration,.
Yeah. This won't be Pulitzer material, I fear.
Back in the day, I could quickly crank out a 500-word essay on just about anything, whether it be a pet rock or trophy horse. These days, I'm trying to get myself back into the psyche of writing, which means always thinking about what I might write about and always be on the lookout for good material.
As most of you know, I also drive a school bus. I have lots of good material from that daily drama, but I can't publish most because of strict confidentiality rules. I'm sure you'd enjoy some of the antics, but other parts might be disturbing. I also get tired of always complaining about the bad drivers I encounter daily — no, hourly. Every five minutes or so.
Enough of that.
I would like to note that from my very large windshield viewfinder, I get a great perspective on Shelby County scenery. I'd say ours is a pretty as anyplace around. Some of my favorite scenes involve horse farms. Puttering out Todds Point Road, one can take in some of the most gorgeous horse farms around. They're well kept, and very scenic. I'd stop and shoot photos, except my mode of transportation is not very conducive to stopping on a two-lane, 55 mph thoroughfare — nor would it be appreciated by SCPS transportation officials. Trouble is, the light is just right when I'm on the school bus. Such a dilemma.
As most of you have heard, I hope, I have moved Studio Wizard to 702 Washington St., Suite 2. I'm just behind the Needle Nest, and even though I have a Washington Street address, my entrance is on 7th. Thank you, whoever decides on addresses. Anyway, this is a wonderful spot and I hope you come by for a visit soon. Even better, come by for a photo session so I can pay rent!
Writer James Mulcahy
spent 35 years as a newspaper journalist at small and large papers. He is currently a freelance photographer/writer/graphics designer, and he drives a school bus.