For my kids stories, I am using StuartStories.com.
It's humbling how many parents, schools and organizations – from all over the world – have used that site over the years.
But StuartStories.com is 100% kid-friendly and my grown-up fiction is often dark, philosophically & religiously challenging … and riddled with swear words.
For years I was using Writing.com for those stories, but that site seems to control access so tightly that it's hard to get readers from outside its walls. I am sure they will profess otherwise and say a little effort on my part would build doors into their walls. But Marketing is what I do for my career, so I do not want to have to do it for my hobby, as well. Which leads to…
I am a husband and a father. I have three children and a dog. I also own a marketing firm and do operational consulting, where I make enough money to offset my desire to write for fun*.
While I have been published a couple of times, it was more by luck (and persistence on the publishers' part) than from any effort on my side.
*Fun? Is writing actually fun? It feels more like an addiction than a passion, to be honest. And I get increasingly unhappy when I am not writing … an unhappiness that only writing can keep at bay.
Dorothy Parker said it best. "I don't like writing, but I like having written."