About Along the Hudson

Photo by J. Deming; animations by Meg Oolders

One of my ancestors is named Lewis Dudley Deming. He was born in 1820 and spent most of his life on the Hudson River as a boat pilot and captain between Albany and New York City. Though I will never be a riverboat pilot, I can’t help but feel the same draw to the Hudson that Lewis presumably felt. For some reason, my life has led me here, and it’s where my family calls home: the Hudson River Valley.

I’ve spent the past decade of my life either on or around this river. As a result, it provides me with a constant source of inspiration. Some of my best story ideas have come from quiet mornings, exploring or hiking along its banks.

That’s what you’ll receive if you sign up — my stories from Along the Hudson.

I will share:

  • Original fiction on Mondays.

  • Fifties by the Fire - fifty-word, prompt-based writing challenges. Sent 1-2 Fridays per month.

  • Embers - seasonal posts, or four times annually: winter, spring, summer, fall. These posts will include personal writing updates and news about upcoming projects. Paying subscribers will receive an additional post containing a heap of quality writing prompts.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see you around!

- Justin

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Husband, father, middle school teacher, and fiction writer. I share original fiction and host Fifties by the Fire: prompt-based, fifty-word story exercises.