Life is Like a Cox of Donuts
Introducing Justin Cox, First of His Name
So you want to know who I am? Who I really am beneath this digital persona who occasionally writes things online?
Well, you’re in for a treat. Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, grab your weighted blanket, sit down by the fireplace, and get comfortable. Uncle Justin has a story to tell.
Note: Some details are redacted so you cannot steal my identity.
I was born in sunny ████████ on ████████. It was a Saturday. My parents, ████████ and ████████, moved us to ████████ when I was ████████ years old.
I graduated from ████████ High School and at the ripe age of ████████. As a newly minted adult, I enrolled at ████████ State University. There, I received a BS in Entrepreneurship¹ and ████████ ████████ Management and a minor in ████████ Studies.
My wife, Carla², and I were married on ████████. She works as a ████████ at ████████ at ████████. Together, we have a dog named ████████ and a ████████ named ████████.
I serve as the Minister to Youth and Families at First United Methodist Church of Orlando. I’ve been on the church staff for ████████ years. From time to time I preach. You can read all of my sermons on Medium.
My first attempt at writing online came as a GeoCities website called ████████. From there, I moved to ████████ and ████████ before landing on Medium’s doorstep in early 2014.
Over the years, Medium bestowed upon me Top Writer status³ in Writing, Life, Social Media, ████████, Short Story, Advice, ████████, and Lit⁴ (that I know of). Those silly designations come and go and I rarely pay attention to them.
I’m the self appointed Medium Jedi Master, responsible for training new padwans. I’ve published ████████ versions of “So, you’re new to Medium…” over the years to guide the younglings. The content was also turned into a seven-day email course, if you’re into that sort of thing.⁶
I owe a great deal of gratitude to the various people, writing groups, and communities that helped me develop as a writer. These include ████████, ████████, and The Writing Cooperative, which I co-founded with Sand Farnia, Jessica Jungton, and Stella J. McKenna.
Write Now, the series I curate for The Writing Cooperative, allows me to interview amazing and ████████ writers. Want to know what Andy Weir does when not writing amazing books like The Martian and Artemis? I’ll tell you. Additionally, I’ve learned what makes ████████ tick, but you’ll have to wait until ████████ for that interview to publish.
When I’m not writing or ████████, I’m eating donuts (and other things). You can follow my gastrological adventures on Chow Down Orlando. My favorite donut in ████████ can be found at ████████. Make sure to try their ████████. It will change your life!
Carla and I also meticulously plan trips across the globe. With some creative accounting, we’ve traveled for free to Japan, ████████, and New York. We’re currently planning a trip to ████████ for late ████████.
So that’s me.
¹: I still cannot spell “entrepreneurship” without googling.
²: Carla is also on Medium and you should totally read the stuff she writes.
³: Medium’s Top Writer status is a combination of publishing quantity, ████████, and luck. I put zero weight in the title.
⁴: I’ve never tagged anything with “Lit”.
⁵: I’m very proud of this, even if they butchered the formatting and added a bunch of “?”s next to my name when the story was moved from Medium to Wired.
⁶: I’m not, but some people are.