Welcome to Zeejourney. Thank you for visiting. My name is Alex Zubia. I have been writing poetry and short stories for most of my life. I always wanted to be a writer, but I was never sure that I had what it takes to be one, so most of my early work ended up in the trash. I started writing in a journal about thirteen years ago. At first, I only tracked my workouts and my thoughts regarding my diet. Eventually I started putting thoughts in the journal and, before I knew it I had three journal books filled with goals, thoughts, and New Year’s resolutions.
As I said, I have been writing for many years. When I was traveling for work, I would always bring a notebook with me, dreaming that someday I would be a professional writer. Through the years, I managed to accrue several notebooks with random thoughts and poems. Still dreaming, but not knowing how to start my career in writing, I continued writing poetry. Eventually I reached out to my sister, Vickie and asked for advice. She told me about self-publishing through Kindle and I looked into it.
I compiled the journal notes and the poems that I had scattered through several notebooks and compiled them into a book. I named the book “The Journeyman. The reason I named it that is I am a journeyman pipe fitter. I started my career in 1992 and, since then, have traveled from coast to coast in the U.S. for work. I have made a lot of money and I have spent a lot of money, but I have always had a decent home to return to, thanks to my wife Nadine.
“The Journeyman” explores life at home, on the road and, in every day working situations. These situations are described through the eyes of a man who loves his family and misses them as he works far from home. It also explores the irony of the perceptions that society at large has regarding construction workers and their financial status. I have made a very good living in this trade and have enjoyed great prosperity in my career and now, I am going to live my dreams.
The Journey begins…