I know what you’re thinking: “But writing’s essentially a lonely business, isn’t it?” Well, what if I told you it doesn’t have to be? Better yet, what if I told you it shouldn’t be?
I used to believe writers were inherently lonely creatures, and to be honest, I liked that idea. I felt comfortable as a non-native English speaker writing from a cobwebbed corner of the world, speaking my mind and never worrying about anyone else’s opinion on my words.
The problem was, I wasn’t very pleased with my work, nor did I enjoy the writing process as much as I thought I should. For me, it was reduced to writing, editing, submitting, crossing my fingers, and getting subpar results at best. I did experience my share of moderate initial success, but more often than not, my pieces were duly ignored, quickly forgotten, or downright rejected. …
To some people, Till death do us part is a phrase. To others, a sentence.
All jokes aside, to me, marriage is more like a rollercoaster: an exhilarating ride of super-steep ups, neck-breaking downs, and barf-inducing loops; with some people having the time of their lives, and others crying for their mamas and wondering “What the heck was I thinking?”
Thankfully, I consider myself a member of the first group. I got married last year on Teacher’s Day in my home country — fitting, considering both my wife and I are educators — and since then, I’ve been having a great time. …