First of all, thanks for taking a minute to stop by, because now you’ve given me the chance to say hi and welcome to Writing the Rails.  I’ve never been very good at making the first move…

Anyway, I hope that you didn’t come here looking for a blog about trains, because despite the title, I know next to nothingn about those behemoths that make me sit at the crossings, watching flashing lights when I really need to get home to use the bathroom.

But I will say that buried somewhere deep inside, I’ve always harbored a tacit fascination for trains, because these iron beasts travel in the direction of the far off horizon.  They journey to places you can’t see, to places mysterious and grand, magnificent and new. They carry people on trips of discovery.  Sometimes, it’s the trip itself, not the destination, that becomes the adventure. Mystery and mystique reside in opulent dining cars, romance and passion in cozy sleepers, and adventure and intrigue in the coaches perfumed with pipe smoke.

And I hope that this blog will offer me the same sort of adventure and offer me an opportunity to explore.

You see, I’m a husband  a father, a writer, a teacher, and a man learning to treat his body like a temple rather than a low-rent strip joint.  I’m a lot of things.  I wear a lot of hats and spin a lot of plates.  My writing reflects that diversity too.  I’ve published both fantasy and horror stories; I’ve had a New York agent for a mystery/thriller novel, and I’m currently writing a novel about a small town crime, while ideas about historical ghost stories flitter around my brain.

In the past, I used to get worried that I wasn’t more specialized, that I didn’t have a more specific platform or blog.  Not any more though.

Writing the Rails is a place where I can stop the train every once and awhile so I explore the many, disparate depots that appear out of the fog and along the tracks.  If I’m lucky, I’ll learn something about myself.  It’s also a place where I can work on myself and read and write myself to better places.

And if I’m really lucky, I’ll write something entertaining enough that will make you want to come back a few more times…



5 thoughts on “About

  1. […] Ray Yanek has a post up about how a recent dream is connected to recent events in his life, and how that may inspire his fiction. […]

  2. […] Ray Yanek is back in the collection for the second installment in a row with his piece, A Christmas From My Son. It’s really lovely, especially if there’s any part of you that knows (or worries) childhood is too fleeting. […]

  3. zeuslyone says:

    Ray, I’m glad you found my blog. I’m already enjoying looking through yours, and it’s clear that I will both enjoy and gain wisdom/inspiration for writing from your blog. Thanks for posting and for not getting set into a more specialized writing platform. It’s good to see people just write and explore.

    • Ray Yanek says:

      Hearing you say that about my not getting stuck in a specialized platform was really liberating in a way. I did struggle for awhile trying to find that platform and nothing really seemed to click–maybe I don’t yet know enough about myself. And I’m learning to be okay with that. I’m starting to see, even more clearly after finding your blog, that figuring out what it means to be us is always ‘an ongoing investigation’. It’s a journey.

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