As I’m sure you gathered from my blog title, my name is Monica Spees. I currently work as a planner in Kentucky. I’ve written for fun my entire life, but I had a brief stint as a professional writer before working for the government. In other words, my years of writing for pleasure and not getting paid weren’t all that different from the life of a
pauper journalist I led for nearly two years.
I lived most of my life in Paducah, Ky., then went to college at Western Kentucky University, where I majored in news/editorial journalism and minored in creative writing. I worked as an intern at Fort Knox in Kentucky in 2012 and Fort Lewis in Washington state in 2013. I started my “big-girl job” at the Bowling Green Daily News four days after returning home from Fort Lewis.
For six months, I was a police/crime beat reporter, writing about everything from drownings and shootings to wandering cattle and 73-year-old bank robbers.
I later became a business beat reporter, which, though not as exciting as the police beat, didn’t surprise me with breaking news at 3 a.m. After about 20 months with the Daily News, I accepted the job of Planner I at the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County, where I mostly do public relations and design work and anything else I can find.
While at WKU, I wrote a thesis as an Honors College student. That work in full is still in progress, and I hope to turn it into a book one day. If you’d like to peruse my thesis, WKU conveniently has it here.
Journalism happened to me as an afterthought in high school, when I realized that my love for creative writing wouldn’t feed me as I got older. By choosing the journalism occupation, I gained the luxury of eating cereal for dinner rather than living as a starving artist. As a planner, most of my writing is mixed in with coworkers’ writing in transportation plans. And I’ve upgraded to salads (with chicken).
At the end of the day, writing is writing. I do it because…well…it’s about the only employable skill I possess. In my spare time, I return to my first love: creative writing. Short stories are my favorite, though I dabble in some bad poetry when the mood strikes me.
If you want to see another side of my writing, you can visit my movie blog here. You can also check out my articles for the Daily News here. An abbreviated version of my writing can be found in 140 characters or less on Twitter @BGWCplanner or @monicaspees.
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog, I hope you enjoy what you find.
Thanks for reading.