Cause and Effect
—Written by Grant Goodman
Six years ago, this day—Columbus Day—marked the first day of my teaching career.
After wrapping up a summer semester to pass my last required courses, I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to land a teaching job for a long time, since all of the hiring seemed to have been done back in May and June. I spent four weeks waking up and writing every day, aiming to finish my first novel by the end of September. I never did finish that novel. During the last week of September, I got a quick call from the department of human resources and found myself interviewing for a teaching position two days later. That marked one hell of a turning point.
Since then, I’ve learned about 495 traffic and road rage. I’ve learned how to keep large groups of kids laughing and learning. I’ve learned that you’re never too old to enjoy someone reading a story to you.
After jumping from high school to middle school, I rekindled my love for YA literature. I spent a little more than a year writing for Manga Recon, one of the web’s best sources of manga-related journalism. (Right now, that title belongs to Manga Recon alum’s Melinda Beasi and her site, Manga Bookshelf.) Book review writing, in turn, got me back into National Novel Writing Month. All of my fiction writing led me to jump back into journalism when Jared brought up the idea of starting a blog.
Since then, there have been nearly 20,000 visitors to the site, encompassing all fifty states and half of Europe. I’ve been in touch with record labels, authors, graphic novelists, bands, and restaurant representatives. It’s been pretty damn cool, to say the least.
I wanted to say “thank you” for everyone who reads these articles. The fact that you’re out there continues to amaze me.