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Michael Williams is a full-time author and freelance writer, and occasional website builder. After numerous careers, he finally returned to writing and reading—passions developed in early grade school. Michael commonly writes using the pen name MJ Logan, although on occasion will use Michael Logan or Michael James Logan.
I learned to read in first grade, took my first speed-reading course in second grade, and began to write in third grade. Those first few years I made little books with a folded piece of construction paper for the cover with several pieces of plain paper folded inside and glued (bound) with paste. Anything and everything that I read, saw, or imagined might end up as a little book. My second-grade teacher arranged for unrestricted access to the school library outside of the “Grades 1 – 3” section. I filled my young brain with science and math, mysteries and horror (no, of course I did not show my mother are you kidding me?) and just about anything else that prodded my imagination. Often what I read turned my imagination into words written into one of my little handmade.
My writing life was not always so idyllic, and I found less opportunity on my way to high school. There I learned to focus and use the tools of the English language. We won't talk about the horrid and deranged English Lit teacher of my senior year. Far more pleasant were the essays required in my first college-level literature class. I confess to confusing my professor by sometimes turning in not one, but three or four essays on the same topic. He read one of them at a faculty function attended by a friend of my mother's which of course got back to her and then to me.
Why didn't he read the one that I thought the better of two is a question that will go forever unanswered. After the final exam that semester he handed me an envelope. Inside was a card that I wish to this day I had kept safe but lost it to time and circumstance. Two simple words that I recently adopted as a motto of sorts.
And now, after a thirty-year career in engineering and information technology, I have finally returned to my roots and my passions. I read. I write. Mostly I write, but I do manage to digest two or three novels or nonfiction works every week.