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IMG_0868I started this blog on September 21, 2009  to track how many days it would take to establish myself as a professional Writer in New York City while transitioning from about a decade spent living in Australia. Two and a half years later, in September 2011, I re-located to midtown Manhattan.  And in February 2012, I landed the full-time writing position I set out to get.

My days now are spent immersed in technical writing while most of my evenings are focussed on one of many projects: poetry, screenplays, short-fiction, non-fiction or anything else I am obsessed with at a given moment. Such as harp music or breakdancers. I also like to run around New York City. From the start of this blog, I’ve lived on two different continents and in ten different residences. I’ve had five jobs, lost seven people I loved, divorced twice and had about six nervous breakdowns, give or take.

Since the FollowMeToNYC jump-off, I self-published three poetry volumes, scripted and shot one short-film and had the honor of being nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Short, Fast and Deadly. My work has been featured in both digital and print publications, and I have had the amazing experience of connecting with other Artists all around the world. 98% of the creative work read here is composed on the day. It is all raw, first draft material. I think “poetry editing” is an oxymoron. My early professional career was in radio, music has always been an important part of my life. My postgraduate degree is in Professional Writing, which is how I manage to be a creative Writer who supports myself independently in the guts of midtown Manhattan, with Peanut and Fronkles. Love to you, yours and ours.

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    FollowMeToNYC expresses daily thoughts of Gretchen Cello that tend to change with the tides. Naturally these concepts do not reflect those of her employer... or anyone else you may see her walking down the sidewalk with one day.
 
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