The Cloud Creek Journal

by jdynavarrette

Hello, readers.  Welcome to the launch of a new blog, THE CLOUD CREEK JOURNAL.

After pondering various topics for this initial edition, I decided it best to start with an introduction to myself & the intent of this blog. I began dreaming of being a published author as a young child.  I even wrote a few VERY short stories based upon the original STAR TREK television series.  Those are long gone, although a couple of my “plots” still linger in my memory, along with some other fictional novel ideas.  Maybe one day I’ll get something on the library shelves. 

In college, I turned my eye to Journalism.  I do hold an Associate of Art in that subject, along with another in Social Science.  I did have jobs at two different radio stations, each of which afforded me some Journalistic experience.  However, life has a way of changing one’s plans; the end of my second radio job was also the end of my Journalistic pursuits…..until now. 

Enter, THE CLOUD CREEK JOURNAL.  My vision for this is primarily an op-ed piece, posted on a yet-to-be determined schedule.  From time to time, I may throw some of my poetry your way.  Some of those will be opinion pieces, some – just for fun.  We’ll see how this unfolds together.

Now, for two very important acknowledgements: 
First, the late Dr. Keith Preston Young, Professor Emeritus in Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Young, my uncle, was my hero growing up.  He wrote numerous publications in the field of Geology and in 1975 wrote GEOLOGY: THE PARADOX OF MAN AND EARTH, recognized as the first textbook in Environmental Geology.  I remember well when a copy of said textbook arrived at our home.  I was so proud that my uncle was a published author.  His success sparked my dream.

Second, Mr. Craig Johnson, author of the WALT LONGMIRE MYSTERIES SERIES, and creative consultant to the television series LONGMIRE, based upon his novels.  I was toying with the suggestion from friends about starting a blog.  Mr. Johnson was kind enough to take time from his busy schedule to answer questions about the literary world, and the field of journalism, specifically, blogging.  Thank you, Mr. Johnson. 

Again, welcome readers.  I hope you will enjoy THE CLOUD CREEK JOURNAL.