I left my medical career (pathology) on June 27th, 2014 and haven't looked back.
Now I'm a fiction writer of sorts, a blogger, and good pals with a Labrador Retriever named Halo. She never barks. It's amazing.
My main blog is here: https://storiform.com.
At storiform, I usually blog about things I consider important to humanity's survival and wellbeing. Also, now that I'm not trying to be a professional editor anymore (I took "The Story Grid" editing course and later decided against fiction editing as a new career), I feel somehow free to share my thoughts on fiction writing again. It's a joy to get the ideas I've learned about writing fiction out of my head and onto my blog where they might do somebody a little good. It seems, though as time goes on, I find myself less interested in writing about fiction and more interested in fringe topics in nonfiction.
To me, the most valuable thing about a story, fiction or otherwise, is its ability to broaden our perspectives and influence an entire culture's behavior. Nothing else is quite like this.
Unfortunately, many stories make us feel less compassionate and more inclined to speak coarsely and rudely to one another. I don't think writers do this deliberately, it's just that a story is boring without conflict and "microtension," so writers learn to deliver it through constant confrontational dialogue, often unmotivated. Young readers (and TV watchers) soak up the snarky attitudes with remarkable efficiency, and society coarsens under the influence of verbally acidic tongues. The subliminal lie of TV and the big screen is that people can be rude, confrontational, and bitingly sarcastic with friends and co-workers and yet maintain a healthy, loving relationship with them. It ain't necessarily so.
Lucky thing there are better ways to keep the pages of fiction turning than making characters claw and bite like YouTube trolls. In "The Emotional Craft of Fiction," Donald Maass explores some of the page-turning alternatives to weakly motivated confrontational dialogue.
Anyway, I've also got a burning interest in intelligent design and the unscientific assumptions of "scientific materialism" and reductionism. I guess that stuff is boring to many people, but seriously, see if you can read "Signature in the Cell," by Stephen Meyer, PhD. Some people can actually read this book. Few, perhaps. I suspect Dr. Meyer's message will eventually become essential to understanding the current mainstream UFO disclosure, though Dr. Meyer doesn't discuss UFOs or alien life at all. The book is about how the hyper-complexity of our DNA code and the cellular nano-factories it creates (and requires for its own creation) couldn't have evolved from scratch in 13.8 billion years without intelligent guidance of some sort. You see where I'm going with this.
Love and fresh blueberries,