It’s been years since I’ve dedicated substantial time to writing. My last attempt was a YA novel, which I abandoned after 9,000 words. I blame my job: I am the executive director of an ambitious nonprofit organization and it’s all-consuming. Any free time I have is dedicated to my marriage, my cats, and my gardening hobby.

However, an eight-week parental leave is on the horizon, so I’m about to run out of excuses. When I’m not busy squeezing in naps between diaper changes, I intend to use this blog to document my experience as a first-time father.

why dad in plaid?

I wear a lot of plaid, and I’ve been doing it since the early 90s. I can’t imagine dressing any other way. I remember buying my first plaid shirt; I was in eighth grade, and I selected it for its wearability over my favorite Sonic Youth t-shirt. Somewhere along the way I stopped listening to Sonic Youth, but the plaid stuck.

Contact: mattwritessongs@gmail.com


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