Hi, folks. I'm Joe Cleary, writer, student, and gamer.
long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a writer. I started writing
short stories way back in third grade, and ever since, I've dreamed of
making my living as a fiction writer.
Instead, I've done everything but write.
been a retail manager, banker, cab driver, bouncer, short order cook,
delivery guy, and professional poker player. All of those things have
paid my bills at one time or another, and all of them were interesting
in their own way. None of them were truly fulfilling, though, because
none of them scratched the itch I've had since I write that first story.
older I get, the more I realize that what's really important in life
has very little to do with money or how other people view you and what
you do, and an awful lot to do with whether or not your life is
fulfilling. The dreams that so many people have when they are kids, and
forget when the reality of paying bills and surviving in this
fast-paced modern world intrudes, are really the only thing that matter.
Everything else is just passing the time.
Please note, I'm not
talking about family and friends, here. People are and will always be
the most important thing in my life, so let's not get off track. I'm
talking about defining your own version of success and being willing to
do what it takes to achieve it. I'm talking about taking risks, staying
true to yourself, and finding a way to make that dream a reality.
me, that dream has always been writing. I've put it off for far too
long, and for too many reasons, and I'm not going to do that anymore. I
don't like where it's gotten me, and I'm not going to continue down that
These days, I work part-time and go to school full time to
earn my degree in creative writing. I stream video games in the evening
on Twitch.TV, and have a small but growing audience. And, as of now, I
write every day.
Oh, I also need to get in shape. Dying prematurely is a real and permanent obstacle to making it as a writer.
blog will be about me trying to make it as a writer, including all of
the things that go into making my life what I want it to be, instead of
settling for what it is.
Don't get me wrong. My life is pretty good. But I'm not who I want to be. It's high time to start working.