HAGERSTOWN - Unlike many who retire after a long career, Ron Ballard says he knows exactly how he will spend much of his time now that he has capped a 36-year teaching career at Hagerstown Community College.
"I have a lot of manuscripts I've been working on," Ballard said. Since 1991, he has been writing fiction. And some of his poetry has been published in Hagerstown and in a journal in New York.
One novel, "Sonata," is nearly finished, he said.
"It's the story of two pianists, one alive and the other, her dead grandmother," Ballard said.
The grandmother's spirit directs the young pianist to the attic, where journals written by the grandmother - who died the year before her granddaughter was born - are hidden, Ballard explained.
Most of Ballard's other manuscripts need polishing, and when he was teaching, there was no time for that.
Ballard's journey to Hagerstown began in his native Seattle, with a number of stops in between.