Well, hello. My name is Jake. I like to call myself a storyteller. In other words, I’m a kindergarten teacher who sings, writes television on his laptop, tells jokes at parties, and learns choreography by pop groups like Fifth Harmony. Oh, an apparently now I am a blogger? Yes. So, I studied education and theatre in college. It was very early on that I decided I was the only gay, male elementary major because there was a crucial need for them in urban schools. There was a need for that drive, that passion that first overcame me when I told my Dad that I could still be a father, just in a different way. That courage, that persistence that was instilled in me when I got my first “do you have a wife?” from my little first grader named Keymari. I knew there would be many more to come, and for that reason, I began writing my stories down. Curiosity, love, and heartbreak started to surround me every day through the souls of seven-year old children. That adrenaline, that fire, is why I write. I write to inspire others to be thankful that they are human.
This blog is about the power of live television. The concept that a single human can sit down and concoct a fictional realm that millions emotionally invest in. Not only do they invest, but they do so in the moment, at the scheduled time, with wine or whiskey and friends. They look forward to it all week, and they post on social media. Hey, they even set their phone backgrounds to their favorite character. Okay, maybe that’s just me. One day, one day, my story will join the ranks of Michael Crichton (ER), Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) , Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and so many more. Because live television celebrates how a story can create a family – a family of humans that want to know they are not alone.
I am a writer because I have stories to tell, ones that remind us to keep on living, because every once and awhile, life can throw us a delicious surprise.