This site has been a long time coming, not because of any inherent complexity or buried genius – I simply never knew what kind of writing could keep my focus and live in what is always a busy (enjoyable) life.
Write a novel? I’m not that patient or far-sighted. Poetry? I’m not that abstractly deep. Business topics? I do that elsewhere.
This year, a chance encounter gave me the vehicle I was looking for. My wife and I were in New York City for a long weekend of fun, which included a concert by a local rock legend. Prior to heading to the Garden for the show, we were walking in mid-town to an Italian restaurant for dinner, enduring the Polar Vortex II.
As we turned down the final block, two twenty-somethings in suits passed by us on the sidewalk, and we heard one say to the other: “..it’s absolutely a missed opportunity..” And off they went into the evening.
Strolling into the warm Italian place, my wife and I were both thinking the same thing: lines like that would be a great basis for a story…at least a short story. It wouldn’t be just any line heard in passing. We figured we’d know it when we heard it.
With absolutely no pomp or circumstance involved, we dubbed it a phrasejump, and the act of writing one ‘phrasejumping’. I suppose that makes us phrasejumpers, but I’m not sure we’re ready to put that on a t-shirt…yet. Maybe a coffee mug.
Now that I’ve written a few, I figured it’s time to start letting them see the light of day.