On Monday, I posted an update on my Facebook page stating that I had some big news to share — but not quite yet, prompting a number of my friends to offer their amusing speculations.
(And, yes, call me a tease.)
Well, I’m ready to share. And, no, I’m not running for political office in Illinois (although I hear the perks are fantastic). I’m not pregnant (thanks, Kelly. Smart aleck). And I’m not Batman (dangit).
But starting this weekend, I am a newspaper columnist again.
Yes, thanks to the fine folks at The Daily Journal in Kankakee, who have recruited me to write a weekly column for my hometown area newspaper, the Wisch List is coming back to life — and not only in pixels, but also (gasp!) actual ink and wood pulp, a medium I still treasure.
For my friends around Kankakee, the column will launch in the newspaper on Saturday and run each weekend. For my friends in other areas, the Daily Journal recently made its Web site subscription-only — feel free to subscribe! — but I’ll make sure you can keep up with my columns through this blog.
And, of course, I’ll post reminders via Facebook and Twitter, as well.
It’s been almost four years since July 5, 2005, when I last wrote my the Wisch List as a print column for The Daily Times in Ottawa, Ill., where between 2001 and 2005 I won 18 national, regional and state editorial awards, including six first places. And it’s been almost two years since I last wrote the newspaper blog version of the Wisch List for chicagotribune.com.
But I’m excited to say that my self-dubbed column about “Life — and the people who live it” is back. And this incarnation is Chicago-centric, as I’ll be sharing stories about the city’s people, places, things and issues as I intend to bring Chicago closer to home for my readers.
Even if you already live in the city.
The column for the Daily Journal is a weekly side endeavor, not a full-time gig. I already have a great job (writing for the advertising and innovation agency Maddock Douglas in Elmhurst), but now I have a great side job, too.
And it only took the patience of Job to find them both.
So, anyways, make sure to check back in this Saturday to read my debut column with the Journal. Until then, have a great rest of the week. And, if you ever have any column ideas for me, always feel free to pass them way. I’d love to hear them.