This was the logo of this site, from it’s previous owners. In my opinion, it wasn’t receiving much maintenance and not providing much benefit to authors, and the former owners abandoned it.
I recently became the new owner of the domain, but the former content was lost. I’m going to need a little time to set it up again, in a new way.
Have you ever understood how hard it is to choose a career that your parents never approved of? I do. And I know how it feels. My father was a surgeon; he is now retired but runs a private clinic in our small town. My mum is a nurse and has a few years before she retires. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents had careers in medicine. My sister is in her fourth year studying medicine. Well, I’m pretty sure you are asking what about me.
I will tell you this, I’m an author. You must be shocked given my family history in medicine. My parents never understood my choice of career and I almost got kicked out of my home even before I turned 16.
Where it all started
My early years in school defined my writing career. I was better in language than any of my peers. I received accolades for my poems and public speaking performances. Even before I cleared my junior schooling years, I was sure that I would end up as an author. I knew this would offend my parents and sibling but it was not about them; rather it was about what I wanted for my life.
They insisted that I give mathematics and sciences a serious thought but that was never going to be me. I wanted something different from my parents. I wanted to make a life of my own and becoming an author gave be that choice. There was no turning back.
After high school I joined one of the best literature colleges in the U.S. and the 4 yours taught the ropes of becoming a top author. Before I completed college, I had already written and published two books. I have been a student of life and I fancy writing about healthy habits. I write about cancer and weight loss. Actually, my second book comprehensively talks about the best diets one needs to lose weight. Some of the diets discussed in this book include vegetable-based meals, natural herbs, and plant proteins.
After my college, I had grown in my writing career and I remember for the first time I got an invitation to a writer’s breast cancer event. There I met the greatest authors of the 21st century whom I never thought I will ever have a chance to meet. They were kind enough to share with me the publishing challenges and how I should beat them.
I remember I had a lengthy talk with Mr Flynn who I never told you he is the reason why I got into writing. Right from an early age I read his motivational books on how to live healthy lives and this might be the reason why I chose the healthy genre for my novels.
As of this year, I will be releasing my tenth book to celebrate my 5th anniversary in writing. You may not believe what is coming next after all I had to go through for choosing a ‘bad’ career. My parents are very proud of me for being an author. My father was the first to accept my choice two years after I joined college.
This time I had published my first book which talked about the state of health in the US. After seeing my soaring success, my parents were apologetic and we are back as a family. They have promised to buy me a Bugatti for my forthcoming anniversary. Yes, I made a tough choice in this career but it is all paying back just like I dreamed.
There is a part of an author that I have to tell you. I never had to apply for jobs or knock into offices to drop my papers for any vacancy. I never have to wake up early in order to go to an office. My house is my office and I’m the boss of what I do. Every day I’m writing on a new subject and it never gets boring. I can have a vacation any time of the year since I have the time and money.
Besides, I am also proud of what I do because my books not only help me but they have been inspirational to those who want to lead healthy lives. I now look back and say that I made the best choice. Given another chance, I would walk the same career path and become an author once more.
Now a message from Dr. Halls
I’m nobody special, just a radiologist with an unusual hobby, which is software development, and I developed this Talking Moose character, many years ago. Why it’s pertinent to writers, is this:
The Moose is the Medium
And Medium is the message, or maybe that’s old fashioned Marshall Mcluhan garbage. OK, the message is the message. But the Moose is a new way to deliver messages, spoken aloud, (which isn’t new), by a friendly character on a computer (which isn’t new), who has a long-term presence of intermittent contact with you. THAT is new. The Moose doesn’t get annoying, at least not now. I suppose future authors could spoil that.
The reason I’m adding paragraphs here on this website for writers, is because there is an opportunity. Creating content that is suitable for intermittent delivery by a speaking Moose, is different from writing a Novel, but “story” will always be powerful. I think the Moose in particular, and spoken words in general, are very powerful for story-telling. Radio and then Television and then YouTube channels, have proven I think, they are more powerful than simple words on paper.
So if you have some story-telling that can be delivered by a speaking Moose, contact me and let’s collaborate. I’m Steven B Halls on Facebook, and the Moose on facebook.