A LITTLE MORE THAN A DECADE AGO I began writing a monthly column for Wacoan, the city magazine of Waco, Texas. From the very start I loved it—having a regular column was so different from what I did in my daily work as an ad copywriter. And compared to the deep dive of writing a book it was like taking a dirt bike out for a spin and a few flips.
When I was getting started I remember thinking I would write it for a year, maybe two if I really stretched things out. In the end I wrote 127 columns—almost 11 years worth. I am taking a break right now to focus on my family, job, and a new book—but even just a few months into that and I am already missing the monthly ride. Below are samples of the column along with pieces I’ve written while working as Deputy Editor at Magnolia Journal.