The Van Sias writing project

Hello any and all who visit this site. Welcome to Inciter! You may be thinking, “What a weird name for a blog, Van. Is this about you stirring things up and starting fights?” In a way, I guess it is, but that’s not the primary purpose.

As I mentioned above, “Inciter” is the Latin word for aspire and this blog is about that. You see, while I’ve been editing for like 99 percent of my professional career, what I’d like to do, or “aspire” to do, is write more. And while I write fairly regularly (mainly on my blog, Tennis Talk, Anyone?) there are some areas I’m pretty rusty in, such as conducting interviews. So what I’m planning to do here at Inciter is interview like-minded individuals—mainly people I know—who are reaching for certain goals outside their day-to-day activities, such as pursuing a career in music while holding down a 9-to-5, or talking to people who struck out on their own and have made it or are making it. 

The postings on the blog will be in either question-and-answer format or full-on features: It’ll usually depend on the logistics. I can’t get out to California and go catch someone performing, but I can talk to them on the phone or communicate via e-mail. 

Also, if anyone has any comments on what I’ve written, please feel free to share them—hopefully it’ll be more than “that sucked” or “that was awesome.” But if that’s all you want to leave, that’s fine, too. I’ll try to do better next time!

And what I mentioned in the first paragraph about “starting fights”: This is a tool for me to fight any doubts I might have within myself and going against the way that I’m usually perceived as professionally. I plan on talking to like-minded individuals who want to “stir up” the status quo of doing things. 

Sorry this is so long, but I want to add another disclaimer: I won’t be trashing anyone on the site, so if you’re looking for that here, it’s not going to happen. This is a practice exercise for me, and I’m thankful to the people willing to talk to me and help me reach my goals. I hope I can help them as well, by writing something recognizing their accomplishments.

And one more thing before I go, the layout I’m using on this blog is called “Hemingway.” I thought it would be appropriate with the whole “aspiration” theme!

Thanks, and the first interview will be up soon: I’ll keep you posted!



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