Author Topic: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same...Or Not....Hi Y'all!  (Read 7865 times)

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I wish I could say there has been incredible growth in my writing, but that would be a lie. Instead, I look at this as a second chance.

Here's what I wrote almost 12 years ago about my writing and the same holds true today.

"Hello Everyone!

This place looks and feels very warm, helpful and encouraging. Just what this writer needs, a good vibe. I absolutely love the Station Shorts idea. Brilliant!

I've been "lurking" at this site for a few days and it lurks like the kind of community I'd like to be a part of. Hopefully I will be a useful contributor without embarrassing myself too much.

I read the stickies but didn't print them out as recommended. No, not a rebel, just low on ink. ;)

At this moment, my writing interests are changing from where I originally began. Like college majors for a high school freshman...which path to choose? With the same amount of optimism and foolishness, I say, "All of them!"

I began about 20 years ago wanting to do a biography of my life until my husband recently pointed out the obvious...why would anyone want to read about me? Who am I, right? I have the natural answer, "Because everyone that knows or has heard my life story says I should write a book about it." HA! We all have a story, right? Perhaps I should update that idea and manufacture a fictional character who shares a similar story. This way, my family will still speak to me after it hits the shelves. If nothing else, it would be cathartic. As lives always do, mine has taken a few turns, so it's the book never written except in bits and pieces. It's a focus problem. The idea sits idly in the wings, thankfully the story continues.

I've written poetry for as long as I can remember. Although I give my poems as gifts to close friends and family, I personally think they would seem amateurish to a real poet and not fit for print. After attending a workshop with a performance poet where we had to write her form of a Praise Poem, she encouraged me to keep writing by saying, "You have a lot to say" and "You're just peeling the lid off the deep well within you." Being a praise junkie, I took this to be a good thing. Whether or not my poetry pleases anyone but myself remains to be seen but I can whip up a good limerick any day. ;D

After I had children I decided I could write a children's book and I have a few characters for a series for young readers. All of these are more "ideas" I've had for 12 years now. They are finally making their way to the keyboard. I did write a skit which was performed by elementary school children and very well received.
Then I went to a Story Tellers Festival, a children's writer's workshop weekend, then a writers fair. I've since decided to explore non-fiction, maybe romance novels and HEY! I could write just about anything except medical journals and auto repair manuals.

My dream is to send in my manuscripts, be published and make money. Big surprise huh? The thing is, I lack confidence in myself and my writing ability even though my mother-in-law thinks my writing is "wonderful!" Bless her heart. Friends and family offer encouragement and praise but I wonder...Do I have what it takes? I'm still exploring that notion. Besides that, I love to read the works and am inspired by the words of other authors, published or not and I'm amazed at what doesn't make it to the publishing house as much as by what does. "


To make a short story long, that's why I'm here.
I'm an intrepid writer roaring to get out."

Guess it's time to shut up or put up.


To all of my friends, thanks for putting up with me through all of these years. Where I haven't grown as a writer, I've grown as a person because of all of you.

 I love you all, beyond the internetty sort of way.

 From the bottom of my heart, my art, and my being, I love you all and appreciate your contributions to my life. You are incredible people and I feel lucky to have you cross my path and grace my life.

I wish you all the best life has to offer and hope your dreams come true.

~Deb

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb

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Don't give up, Deb. I looked for an agent and publisher for years, then got lucky with self-publishing. Seven books later, I'm still going strong.

Your turn is coming. Never give up.

~ Ron

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Thank you, Ron. I appreciate the encouragement.

Not only are you still going strong, but you're also still doing it with a big smile on your face.
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

Blondesplosion! ~Deb