In May 7 IssueBy Nick CriswellRCHS Senior
You feel the breath of someone on your back, all your hairs stand on end, and your palms start to sweat. Your heartbeat accelerates, and your breath is shallow. Turning around quickly, you almost knock over the wide-eyed senior who is simply job-shadowing you. That's right, this week is job shadowing.
I am job shadowing, or as I like to call it, rogue writing (since I am writing in the paper), at the Times Journal. So far, it has been pretty laid back. I've gotten to see how they put the papers ads and articles into the paper, and how exactly they lay everything out. It's interesting to see how much planning and consideration goes into making everything flow.
My favorite thing about job shadowing here, so far at least, is that I get to write something for the paper myself. Writing has always been my passion, and now this has let me write a little something for everyone to see. Though I doubt many people will read something a job shadowing senior put into the paper, it is still nice to know that I will have something that's written and printed out in the world.
I have long wanted to join a newspaper, or even just write a column for one. One of my long term dreams was to have an ongoing story that played out throughout the papers, just so I can tell my story to people and they want to read it. Though this isn't a story, I still relish at the thought of being able to have something in the paper.
Anyway, the reason I am job shadowing at The Times Journal, is simple. I've always wanted to be a writer and have always wanted to "get my name out there". Let people know how well I can write and maybe one day have my book that I have been writing so long on published. I doubt anyone would publish something from a small town boy, with no college or anything of the sort. Though, it won't stop me from my writing.
I plan to go on to college and become a teacher of literature. I love writing, so I want to teach others to love it as much as I do. As I teach, I want to be an author as well, and after I get my masters, I want to teach at any college that would have me. My goal is to retire as a world renowned author, and a teacher of other great authors.
Many asked me why I have such a passion for writing. I simply reply that it was my idol's fault, D.J. Machale, for his Pendragon novels. They inspired me, and made me want to be a writer to show my dream to the world. If I could be even half the writer he is, I would be greatly happy. Which is to say, I wouldn't mind being along the lines of a Shakespeare or Edgar Allen Poe types, but that be at a later date.