My day job dictates what I write and how I write it. This blog is where I do things my way. That usually involves some combination of short stories, poetry, family history write-ups, and a few personal essays.
I am a writer and editor in Chicago. My name might appear somewhere in your kids’ history and English textbooks because that’s what I do for a living. When I’m not writing, I’m watching superhero TV shows with my partner or playing laser pointer with my cat.
This blog has been featured twice on WordPress Discover and some of its content has won BlogHer’s Voices of the Year as well as several other writing competitions. My fiction and poetry work has appeared on websites, including The Drabble and Elan Morgan’s 5 Star, and in print publications, including Wizards In Space Literary Journal and Itty Bitty Writing Space. My genealogy posts have been featured on Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and Gail Dever’s Genealogy á la Carte.
I am a volunteer editor at YeahWrite, an online community of writers dedicated to honing their craft. You will see YeahWrite’s badges at the bottom of most of my posts. Click one to find out more about what we do.
You can follow me on Twitter, if that’s your thing: @innatejames.