Welcome to my website. Let me introduce myself.
I’m Michelle Cox, a wife, mother, midlifer and . . . . . a WRITER.
These are the things you’ll find here:
• My observations on “Life in the second half” (as in, I no longer recognize my body when I’m in downward-facing dog and my realization that IT’S THE SECOND HALF AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING!)
• Tips on Getting Started Writing (as in, I know that all of us have something to say and maybe even a dream of writing it down on paper or online and I’m here to say ‘it’s time to do it,’ because IT’S THE SECOND HALF AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
• How I’m Using writing to approach and conquer midlife and Claim the Title of Author (as in, I’m finally pushing back fear and following my dream; and I’d love to have company on the journey because IT’S THE SECOND HALF AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING!)
I’ve been a professional, paid writer for all of my adult life, first as a newspaper reporter and then as freelance writer and communications specialist.
When I attended journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the late 1980’s, I was full of dreams – dreams of becoming a hard news reporter and breaking stories that would change the world, or at least the part of the world that I chose to call home; dreams of a long career as an award-winning journalist; and eventually, dreams of becoming a fiction author.
And I had big ideas about the power of the written word.
Some of those dreams came true. I became a hard news reporter for a time. I was assigned the cops and courts beat at a couple of different newspapers. I wrote about murders and assaults and missing and abused kids. I covered death penalty trials and was present when a jury chose to send a man to the electric chair. Hard. News.
I broke a few stories. I won a couple of awards. I also fell in love, got married, moved and began having children. I believe dreams change to match blessings. Mine did.
Now, three kids and more than two decades of marriage and work experience later, I’m still writing.
And I still believe in the power of written word.
These days, I am a freelance writer and communications specialist. I have combined my decades of experience as a print journalist and public relations professional into a boutique communications business through which I serve a gamut of clients across multiple industries. I continue to write for newspapers, magazines and blogs. And I’m also writing fiction.
That’s because as my 40s began winding down and as I prepared to enter my “second half”, I came to a very important realization:
IT’S THE SECOND HALF AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING!
So let’s start writing.
P.S. Another factoid about me: Stephen King is my all-time favorite word slinger!