I've heard so much about blogging that I thought that I would give it a try. I guess you can say that I will use this area to talked about lessons that I have learned as a writer and as a person. This will be the place were I will just lay it on the line.
I like writing. No--I love writing. I can't ever remember not writing. People ask me all the time when did you start writing and I say- all my life. I started off writing letters to everybody-relatives, prisoners, yeah they need love to and anybody else that I could think of. The funny thing was this-people begged me not to stop. I told prisoners about the sun, the weather, what was happening on the outside and they thought I brought the outdoors to them inside the drab walls of the prison. I was only 11 years old. Relatives would call me but wanted me to write. I often heard things like-you write long good letters. So I started off writing that way. I was also a reader- from everything that I could pick up including those true love magazines. Yeah-don't hit me-I sneaked those from my mothers' bedroom, again I was about 11. So sometimes when I write and I say something a little of the wall-remember my mind was toasted young.
I learned a lot of things on this pathway to adulthood but mostly I learned that if you listen you can find your hearts' desire. In grad school I wrote a paper and the professor suggested that I should write, after all my paper was a paper about a policy and political issue but see I must have forgotten that I was in grad school and needed this class to graduate-got confused I guess and started off the paper like a novel. I remember the first line. It read something like this....A little girl asleep with vivid dreams of her dancing in her ballerina slippers and pink leotard, early to bed because she was hungry because of the new policy of the Republican's ..... The professor wrote-great paper-should be a writer and he gave me an A-plus over a b-plus. Later he said, "become a writer-geez". That was the beginning for me. Lesson 1- do what you love- so here I am.