Relatable Life Lessons and Relationship Stories from a Writer’s Birds-Eye-View
Daily Charm is the new Medium publication devoted to providing candid stories, comments and discussions that readers can relate to.
Greetings readers and thanks for stopping. This quick little Medium story is my way of introducing who I am and what you can expect from the Daily Charm publication. Basically, the publication’s name pretty much says it all. I’m Charm Baker, the editor and sole writer (unless I decide to offer a guest spot somewhere down the line). I have two additional publications where I welcome other Medium writers to submit their stories.
Please feel free to check them out and send me what you have; however, this particular publication does not accept submissions.
Daily Charm is my place to talk about what’s on my mind from day-to-day, and no matter what the topic is, you’ll always get a writer’s perspective. That means, I plan to keep things interesting, entertaining, and maybe even sometimes controversial. So don’t hesitate to respond and call B.S. (if that’s how you feel), but whatever you do, do it with charm.
Charm Baker — Editor / Writer
I’m a divorced L.A. resident that spends the majority of my time online, reading, writing, or researching topics to read and write about. Writing is in my blood, even when I don’t want it to be, and I’ve been freelancing for more than three decades, most of that time being committed to some form of online writing. Within the last ten years, I also transitioned to the status of self-published author, thanks to my various non-fiction ebooks, and (more recently) my short fiction and novels.
As anyone who has ever considered themselves to be a serious writer knows, the life of an aspiring writer and author is typically a turbulent one. When you add the personal experiences of a writer’s childhood trauma, that turbulence becomes even more bumpier than ever. This is a description of my own life, from an emotional, mental, and creative perspective. But in spite of all my mental chaos and turmoil, this writer’s life is a colorful one, and I always have something interesting to write about.
School of Hard Knocks
I’m finally at a place where I can talk about them, so I do, as a way to continue my healing.
For one reason or another, most of the stories that I publish on Medium (regardless of the publication) happen to mention my hard-knocks life. It’s not because I think growing up neglected, abused, and sexually assaulted is anything to brag or be proud about. To the contrary, those were things that I was ashamed about for most of my life, although I had no control over those things when they happened to me. But nowadays — many years later — I’m finally at a place where I can talk about them, so I do, as a way to continue my healing.
Another reason for writing about my various experiences is because it provides me with an opportunity to try and help someone else; someone who might have suffered from something similar. Maybe my sharing will help them share, not necessarily online or in a public forum, but with someone, anyone. Maybe me talking about how much writing has helped me, will motivate someone else to write about their feelings.
I consider myself a career writer (although I hesitate to use the word “professional”), but my first love will always be journal writing, and that’s the kind of writing I suggest starting out with. If it weren’t for journal writing, I wouldn’t be able to talk about some of the stories and discussions I plan to share on Daily Charm. I made a list of the major events that have occurred in my hard knocks life, and I must admit, there are plenty of topics worthy of talking about. They include:
- Life with drug addicted mother
- Early childhood neglect
- Early childhood physical and sexual abuse
- Childhood witness to violent shootout
- Aftermath of mother’s shooting
- Aftermath of mother’s imprisonment
- Aftermath of mother’s stabbing
- Living with strangers
- Living in an institution
- Living in foster care
- Transitioning from the system
- Marriage, Pregnancy
- Life with drug addicted husband
- Witness mother’s attempt on husband’s life
- Extreme spiritual awakening
- Divorce and single parenting
- Religious Excommunication
- Violent death of Ex-husband
- Divisive family secret (I can only share what the impact was like)
Needless to say, with the type of subject matter that is mentioned above, it helps to have a place to write where you can feel uninhibited. I’m not sure what I plan to say on any particular topic, but whatever it is, it will be honest and written in a way that aims to help and heal the reader.
We often learn life lessons and draw inspiration from the motivational moments that other people are willing to share. Sometimes it takes a sad story to help us appreciate a point, and sometimes all it takes is knowing that we are reading about real life relationships, often no different from our own. That explains the four main category sections that you’ll find in this publication. The last category is pretty much a catchall for anything that you can’t find in the other sections. Please enjoy reading Daily Charm.