To many it seems futile to be a writer in a deeply distracted world that doesn't read. I can understand that, especially considering how difficult the craft of writing is. It is a lot of soul-wrenching work. Yet I feel compelled to do it because I understand that my particular collection of life experiences leans towards an aptitude for writing. Everyone must engage their aptitudes, whatever they are, otherwise they aren't living. In 2021 I will dump these into the world. THE LONGING will be published traditionally and the short stories and prose books will be self-published. How many people read them is up to fate, but the work must be done.