Hi, my name is Marc. Welcome to my part of the world! I’ve traveled an interesting road over the course of my life. I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences and faced some unique challenges due to some obstacles I’ve had to overcome. I grew up in arguably one of the harshest cities in the US. I also had to overcome a lot of personal obstacles in order to finally graduate college and move on to pursue my dream of working in the television broadcast field. At one time in my life, I thought that this would be the answer to resolving many of the issues I faced while growing up. However, twelve years of living in the Washington D.C. area taught me that simply graduating from college and landing a great job in the big city didn’t necessarily fix everything. Much like everybody else, I still had many lessons to learn. I still had to somehow face the stuff I thought I left behind while trying to learn a lot of new lessons along the way. Now, after all of that, I feel that I am ready to share the wisdom I am have gained with the rest of the world.
When I thought about what would be the best way for me to communicate with the world through my writing, I didn’t necessarily think that one particular category stood out. I can’t say I am a technology wizard or financial expert, but I’ve learned from the experiences I’ve had. I’ve dug myself out of credit card debt, I’ve been married, divorced, and remarried, I’ve worked in management at a large media corporation, i’ve done a decent amount of traveling, and I’ve learned my fair share of life lessons. I think this makes me a good candidate to share how I manage and live life. I want to share my experiences in a way that can be helpful to others.
While growing up in Pennsylvania, there was always one academic area where I truly tended to stick out. I was terrible at Math, fascinated by Science, and very good at remembering Social Studies facts. However, pretty much every area of English was my speciality. My writing skills were praised at pretty much every level except for one time when my 12th grade English teacher thought I had plagirized a paper that I wrote off the top of my head. I had to approach her after class and let her know that I came up with the content myself. She apologized and changed the grade for me, but I knew at that point that she wasn’t completely convinced.Thankfully, by the end of my senior year of high school, that English teacher’s opinion had completely changed. Winning her over really helped to boost my ego, but it wasn’t quite enough for me consider pursuing it as a career. I had some good ideas stored away in the back of my mind, but ultimately, I just couldn’t be bothered to follow through on those ideas. Besides for a few well written papers I did in other classes, I pretty much completley forgot about and buried my writing skills despite the fact that I was good at it and enjoyed it so much.
I have to admit, part of the reason I pursued a degree in television production was to give myself an opportunity to not only pursue my dream of somehow being involved in “show business” but to also give me an outside chance of meeting somebody who would be interested in some of my creative ideas. This may sound great on paper, but the reality is much more harsh than most people might think. Sure, I accomplished my dream of working in “show business”, but what I did for most of my career could hardly be considered television. I spent many years performing quality control on programs you probably watched at some point over the past twelve years. However, it didn’t exactly lead me to the path I wanted to go in. I couldn’t have been further away from meeting any creative minds who could help me take the steps I wanted to take in my career. I did get to work in management for a few years which was very fulfilling. Especially when helping my staff to write really impressive sounding self evaluations. Despite the praise I received for the help I gave some of tech minded employees, I still didn’t get the hint that I should dust off my keyboard and start writing again.
So what exactly did it take for me to realize that I needed to start writing again? Well, the past year and a half of my life has lead me to where I am with this blog today. I decided to take a separation package from the company that brought me to the Washington D.C. area in the first place. The company was in the middle of a restructuring phase so I felt it might be a good time to move on and pursue other things. This proved to be a great move as I just found out they are moving all of their offices to the west coast. Talk about a good decision on my part! Anyway, although I remained in the television field as a freelance and contract worker, I couldn’t help but to feel like I wasn’t reaching my full potential. At one point, I downloaded the WordPress app with the idea that maybe I would finally get motivated to start wrting again. However, it took me about a year after that before I finally decided to do it.
When I started blogging, I had atleast three ideas. One idea was a music blog where I go into detail about artists I love, their music videos, and other thoughts I have about music that nobody else I know seems to like except for me. It has proven to be a great outlet and something I still do for fun to this day. The second blog was created in order to finally work on an idea i’ve had for many years. Back in high school, I started to draft a fictional/autobiographical story about my time in high school. This was going to be an idea I was going to pitch to a creative executive in Hollywood or NYC in my future life. However, as we know by now, that didn’t happen. Creating this blog was my way of saying “I am going to pursue my dream anyway”. Thankfully, I was able to scrap this blog before I actually started posting it. A few weeks after I started drafing this blog, an old friend of mine from high school commented on a Facebook post and said that “he was a character”. As it turns out, he was right about that. He is a character in my book. When I chimed in and told him this, it changed everything. As it turns out, this friend is actually pretty heavily involved in his wifes publishing company. He expressed interest in my idea and took a look at some of my work. I am now slowly, but surely writing my first book thanks to his support. The third blog is the one you are reading right now. It took me several months (mostly due to being so busy) to build it up and figure out what I want to do with it. Believe it or not, this blog started off as a bit random and directionless. By the time I truly came up with a solid idea, the midwest baseball trip stories wound up being the only ones I had worked on that fit the theme I was aiming for. After months of planning and building, Marky Marc’s World is finally here and ready to be shared.
I could probably go on and on, but wthout turning this section into the whole story of my life, I just want to say that I am very proud of this site and and I can’t wait to share it all with you. I hope you enjoy reading all of my blogs as much as I enjoy writing them. Thank you for stopping by and taking this journey with me!