My Writings

Like many writers, I began writing because of reading. I taught myself to read when I was 4, before my mom began to teach me (ha! Beatcha to it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), and have been reading avidly ever since. I scarcely get carsick, and it was not unusual to see me and my 3 brothers sitting in the back of our minivan whenever we drove places, steadily reading.

And so it seemed a natural thing to begin to compose my own stories. I read about Janet in The Silver Pencil, Jo in Little Women, Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, and many other stories about people writing. My biggest influence was and will always remain Betsy, in Maud Hart Lovelace’s wonderful Betsy-Tacy series.

Good food tastes just as good alone!Betsy drawing in a tree,

Illustration by Lois Lenski

I love these books. ๐Ÿ˜€

So I wrote stories here and there, sometimes a poem, always encouraged by the comments of adults, who would remark that I had a talent at making the words flow together. I do not think I have ever doubted my ability to write – I think I have always believed that, if I worked hard enough, I could write something good. Something I was not ashamed to display. Perhaps that sounds egotistical, but there you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other steps in my journey of writing:

  • A friend and I started to co-write a book about Indians together (but never finished)
  • I had a short story accepted by Clubhouse when I was around 9
  • I wrote about 40 pages about a blind girl that learned to play piano. Had to rewrite the first chapters cause I forgot she was blind, and I had her running around dressing and feeding herself with no problem. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • And won the local library competition 2 years in a row, in high school.

And then…. along came NaNoWriMo. ๐Ÿ™‚ National Novel Writing Month, an annual event during the month of November, that offers to each participant the goal to write 50,000 words in a month.

The first year I participated, I brought a friend along with me (note: If you ever do Nanowrimo, do it with a friend! If you are completely friendless just send me a message and I will help you out. :)) I wrote about 28,000 words that month while she skyrocketed to the 50K.

Next year I reached 50K.

And the next year.

I will be forever grateful to Nanowrimo. Because of it – behind me, motivating, pushing my back – I wrote more than I ever would have without it. 3 stories that had been dancing on my head moved, at least partially, into the new home of curling letters and a visible reality.

That brings the journey up to today. I have two stories that are unfinished, and that need loads of editing. I have one story in my head that I have not even begun, but that I am more confident about than anything else that I have ever written, that it could be a truly great, worth-reading story.

I will slowly be listing my stories, along with some excerpts and perhaps cover art. So stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚


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