Meet the Crew

Hey, Y’all,

Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I had a sinus infection that wouldn’t quit, and that made things like writing and living kinda difficult. But I’m back, baby, so let’s keep this trainwreck a-rollin’.

If you know me, then you know that it’s just a matter of time before this becomes a puppet show. I figure I should get ahead of that and introduce you to the crew that makes this blog possible.

Bosley

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This handsome fellow and I have been friends since I was one years old. Bosley’s the chief whip-cracker around here and is in charge of making sure I actually do my work (You wouldn’t believe how much yelling he’s done at me the last couple weeks!). Bosley’s also my agent and press manager, so sometimes he answers the emails I don’t wanna deal with.

Bandit

20180418_123932192_iOSBosley takes care of the creative writing side of things, but Bandit handles the academic stuff. He’s the one who proofreads my syllabi and lesson plans, and he keeps me from rambling too much when I’m lecturing–not an easy job! You probably won’t see too much of Bandit here, since I got him from a Happy Meal, and I don’t want to get sued by McDonald’s. Bosley’s 38-years-old, so I think he’s okay.

Dr. J

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And, of course, there’s me, your friendly neighborhood Dr. J. Not the best picture, I know, but I’m not the most photogenic.

I don’t work as hard as the other two, so I thought it was only fitting I came last in the list.

So, that’ll do it for this week. Next week: something more serious. Or not. You never can tell, can you?

Photo Credits

Bosley. Picture taken by Joshua Begley.

Bandit. Picture taken by Joshua Begley.

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Amateur Night in Dixie

You know what the world needs more of? Blog posts and websites, said nobody ever. And yet, here we are.

But I’m being rude, I should introduce myself. My name is Joshua Begley, known as Josh to my friends and Dr. J to my students. I have a Masters degree in Creative Writing and a Doctorate in Literature and Criticism. I teach creative writing at Full Sail University, and I love to write.

A lot.

I cut my teeth on Anne McCaffery, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. I’m startlingly lowbrow in my tastes and I don’t know how temperamentally suited I am for academia, even though I love it almost as much as I do writing.

The first time I sat down to write, I was eight years old. I had no real idea of what I wanted to write, just that I wanted to. I devoured books and spent most of my time daydreaming, so I suppose writing was a natural progression. Because I was eight, I didn’t really have anything to say, so I just wrote, from recollection, the first Star Wars movie (Episode IV to you young ‘uns). The second story I ever wrote began with “It was a dark and stormy night.” Hardly the start of a budding young writer, was it?

One thing you’ll get to know about me if you stick around is that I’m stubborn. I’ve had to be. I was sick very often as a child, and was constantly playing catch up. I was homebound for three semesters, and when I finally got back to attending school properly, I was so behind that I was taking night and summer classes to catch up. Eventually, I earned my G.E.D., and you know where it went from there, academically-speaking.

I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far if I wasn’t a stubborn little so-and-so, and that’s why I’m here today.

If you browse through the pages of this site, you’ll see that I’ve written short fiction and reviews. If you check my CV, you’ll see that I’ve also written poetry and academic articles. I’ve had a presence (which is putting it generously) on social media, but I figure now it’s time to find a home for my work.

That’s why we’re here.

Instead of doing this the smart way and hiring somebody to do the heavy lifting for me, I’m building this sucker on my own. As the title says, this is amateur night in Dixie, folks. I decided to pull the trigger on this because I’d been sitting on this idea for too long, and now that I have this out here and I actually paid money to register the domain name, it’s time to commit.

I hope you’ll bear with me. I’ll post updates on new writing projects whenever they go live, and I’ll write blog posts whenever I get the chance. After all, the world needs another blogger, right?