Writer’s Block: Thank You, Mr. Editor

By Corinne Wnek

I’m a recorder of events. At the end of the year when the New Year calendars come out, I mark all the dates that are noteworthy, month by month. I note when it’s a birthday for a friend or family member, including the dogs, when it’s an anniversary of one kind or another and, to the dismay of some people, the day someone close to me passed away. This is in addition to the ordinary appointments one would note on the calendar.

I don’t know why I do this. Sure, it beats forgetting an important date. But I think I enjoy anticipating the seasons of life starting up again. Another birthday for mom, another anniversary for sis, the first day of spring planting, the opening day of school, the closing day of school and oh, can Uncle John really be gone eight years already? You get the picture.


One such date I have added to my calendar came in mid-July of this year, July 16, to be exact. This date marked the one-year anniversary that this column, The Writer’s Block, debuted on NJToday.net. Now this hasn’t helped solve our debt crisis or advanced the cause of world peace. And so far, I haven’t been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize or any prize for that matter. But that’s okay with me.

A year ago I took a risk by contacting the editor of this site, Paul Hadsall. I asked him if he would read a few essays I had written. Did he think there would be reader interest? Fully expecting to be shot down, I was almost afraid to read his response because well, damn, I’m sensitive. Instead, he encouraged me to write for the online site and even offered me my own column. Together, we decided on The Writer’s Block.

I would like to continue writing my lighthearted essays on life but I am also working on developing another special interview feature for this site. In the meantime, a big thank you to Mr. Hadsall who also took a risk one year ago and therefore made a difference in my life.

Here’s to all risk takers!

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