I've been writing since the day I learned how to hold a pencil. I remember being in first grade and making the decision to write a book. I set up a tv tray in my bedroom, decked it out with a pile of paper and a mug full of pencils and crayons, and i wrote a thirty page story about a girl who buys a butterfly cocoon from an exotic pet store. It hatched into a fairy.
When I was in third grade, my parents bought me an electric typewriter. Yes. That should tell you a bit about how old I am. I spent hours writing stories and illustrating my ideas.
I learned very quickly that drawing was not something I was good at and I quit.
My habit became a drug. I was always, always writing. When my dad got a computer, I spent hours and wasted egregious amounts of paper printing off multiple drafts of 100+ page stories.
I was known around my high school for carrying around several baby name books at any given time. I wrote poetry, and thought I was philosophical and romantic all together.
Nothing much came of any of it, though, and it's been a long time since I've considered myself a writer. I had a blog at one time. It was what is affectionately known in the interwebs as a "mommy blog", and I think I did well with it.
Lately, though, I've been working on something a bit more long term. I'm writing my first book, and for the first time ever, I actually feel like it's going somewhere real. It might sound a little silly to you, but I have also learned an awful lot about myself as I have been writing. And I think that part of that new discovery is that I would prefer to be called a "storyteller" instead of a "writer". I'm telling a story. My characters have a life of their own. To me, they are real, and I have a passion for them. In a way, it's their story, not mine. And I'm not just writing it. I feel like the term "storyteller" involves the reader more than someone who just writes.
Welcome to my little world. I would like to extend an invitation for you to join me on my storytelling journey, from the blossoming ideas, through the writers blocks and into submissions. Please feel free to read my first chapter, located at the link provided at the top of the blog.