Ed Bogdan—Guest Post
On waiting and how it ain't over til it's over!
Welcome Ed Bogdan, who started late and won’t give up!
The art form that never seems to be perfected. From puberty to past prime, waiting takes a lifetime to perfect, and perhaps more. Where do I fit into the matrix at the ripe old age of 81? Hopefully at least halfway toward attainment of the art of awaiting my next milestone. But, who’s judging?
As the younger of two brothers, waiting was a constant companion during my youth. Watching and wondering if I would get my turn to make money delivering newspapers, get my drivers license, kiss a girl, and graduate high school, filled innumerable hours of “waiting.”
Other milestones worthy of my waiting, by decade were:
· 1960s – honorable discharge from the US Army
· 1970s – marriage (now 47 years strong)
· 1980s – Quepco, my own environmental consulting firm
· 1990s – growth of my children into young adults
· 2000s – experiencing a loved one’s hospice for the first time. Her last words to me were, “See you 'round Charlie Brown.”
· 2010s – becoming a grandfather six times during four episodes of hospital hallway pacing (two sets of twins)
· 2020s – full retirement and immersion into the art of writing fiction for fun. It took one full year to receive my first acceptance notification.
The wait was worth it. Now I know to submit, submit again, and move on to a new story. The enjoyment attached to weaving words for others to decipher and devour will, I hope, continue to motivate me for many years to come.
Ed Bogdan, a retired environmental consultant, loves writing short stories, all of which have yet to be published.
Thank you, Ed.
Next week: Why we’re waiting for literary submissions to open at Short Édition and my interview with one of their CEOs.
P.S. Wanna do a guest post for me? Write me @ <email@example.com>. I’m all about connecting …
Wow. Very impressive. Never too late.
Yes! Great post. Thank you Ed.