So what is it exactly that you are doing?


Many have asked me the question and I have had to formulate a clear articulate answer. I often find myself seeking consultation from family and friends, and I had to think of what direction that I want to take this website. This fascination all started when I was back in college at The Ohio State University. Going through my college years I had many different majors. People told me often that it was part of the process. Finding myself was difficult, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. When I first started my college career, I had dreams of focusing on music education. Upon realizing I was no where near qualified for such a task, and that people weren't gifted with the same music education background, I became quickly annoyed with the thought of spending the rest of my life in that arena.

In retrospective, I don't even think I finished my first college year before I changed my major at least twice. Memories seem to be a bit foggy to me because I was going through a lot of change. My next focus quickly became journalism, and I loved every second of it. Whether I was taking basic communication classes or creative writing classes, I was in love with writing and thought this may be something that I wanted to do. However, fiction was not a style of writing that appealed to me. Actually, I really struggled with the idea of creating a story out of thin air. Those that I have told about this project said they found it a bit odd considering I have such a vivid imagination. It never seemed to come naturally to me. Then again, I have never been one for reading many fiction titles, but I can easily get lost in a video game.

One thing I have always enjoyed was writing on facts and observations. From a young age, I always had an obsession with reporting the news. Two subjects that I have always found interesting have been sports and travel. They have been some of my favorite things ever since I can remember. The one trip that this really resonates with me was when I was ten years old and took a trip to see my aunt in Hawaii. To see the cultural differences from Hawaii to the "mainland" were phenomenal. Somehow, even at my tender age I was able to find my hometown Cleveland Indians on a television all the way out in Honolulu. It was there when I asked my aunt to use her old iMac to create a fictitious box score for a team I created named the "Honolulu Palmtrees." I would draft players from who pitched the night before by looking at the box scores, I think I had John Rocker on my team at one time. Who knows, maybe I actually am good at fiction.

Getting back to the original question posed way back at the start of this entry. "What is it exactly that you are doing?" Well, 2016 has been a great year for me. Mainly for personal growth, great times, fun adventures, and lots of excellent sporting events that I've been fortunate to be a part of. I have a great job that makes these possible, but I really want to explore this whole writing avenue as a creative outlet and a stress reliever. My hope is that you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing for you. So come join me, and let me tell you stories of the places I have been, the people I have met, and the experiences I have had.


    ©2020 by Ralph Schudel

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