EDITOR’S DESK: The accidental extrovert comes alive in Crestview

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 02:44 AM.

Last week, while visiting with the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce's Professional and Inspired Leaders of Tomorrow, I got one of the nicest compliments.

But let's rewind to what preceded it.

While in a roundtable discussion about job-related challenges, I said, "I'm an introvert in the communications field."

Yes, before I came to Crestview, you wouldn't find me doing much after hours except for cooking and "unwinding" with a movie, cable news or exercise — and honestly, "after hours" itself didn't exist, as most people know it. I edited two twice-weekly newspapers, a quarterly senior citizens magazine and touched up reporters' video, on top of everything else.

It was a morning, afternoon and evening job, and I loved every second spent in that Daphne, Ala., shop.

I've always been a workaholic, probably because of my farming father's work ethic. No one forced me to overdo it; I just did.

"After hours," I would go to book stores and purchase style and journalism books or read trade magazines like the American Journalism Review. Journalism was an addiction.



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