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When I Grow Up…

I don’t know where this came from, but the other day, I thought about all the different dreams and ambitions I’ve had over the course of my 27 years. Not counting those childhood dreams of being a ballerina, I think my first true goal in life came from my fascination with weather. At 8 years old, I distinctly remember wanting to be a meteorologist.

Funny, I know. How many eight-year-old kids have even heard of the word? Well, I was a bookish sort of kid (what a surprise, :P) and I wanted to know what you did if you grew up and studied weather. I believe it was my parents who told me and of course I devoured any book on weather. I even remember writing a picture book about it for a school project.

That dream lasted a few years until I realized I wasn’t quite the science type. I think around age 10 or 11 came my interest in history and in writing–both about the same time. I distinctly remember it was my obsession with the American Girl series and loving all the history that was packed into those 70 or 80 page books. Plus, my dad had always been a history and genealogy nut, so some of that rubbed off on me.

I wrote my first “novel” at age 12 about a girl in the 1840s who crossed the ocean with her family to settle in America. It was about 170 pages–front and back, mostly handwritten. The kids in school thought I was crazy for writing that much. I’m not sure I’ve met many sixth graders who have done that myself, so I probably was a little odd šŸ™‚

Throughout junior high and high school, I would write. I never got past the first three chapters of anything until recently. Of course my love of history deepened and I became obsessed with watching documentaries–I still am that way–and part of me wanted to go to school for archeology. I still dream about that sometimes, going on a dig somewhere, brushing off centuries worth of dirt from a chipped piece of pottery.

But honestly, I think the desire to write has always been there, even when I was just learning how. I love to tell a story–my first one my mom transcribed because I just couldn’t spell yet–and that’s still a part of me.Ā  I’ve still got a lot of “growing up” to do, though, in regards to writing. But I think writers always do; we’re always learning, always improving, always maturing in our work.

So, have you always had that desire to write? Were there other ambitions and passions you’ve had that are still a part of you now? šŸ™‚

 

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I’m Still Here, I Promise

I know it’s been like a month since I’ve posted. Time has gotten away from me, been super busy with preparing for the arrival of our first little one. June 16th is coming up quickly–although I’ll technically be full term (or 37 weeks) May 26th. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind him coming then–or even a little earlier. I’m ready to meet my little one and get my body back šŸ˜›

Anyway, how’s life with everyone? I’m trying to catch up on blogs but it’s been difficult šŸ™‚

Baby Shower!

It’s been some time since I posted and this is non-writing related. But I wanted to post some pics from the wonderful baby shower my sister, mom and aunt threw for me this past weekend.

Some of the yummy cupcakes sis and Mom made

Homemade puzzles for the little one. Mom and Mom-in-Law drew these

Aunt gave me TONS of books for the little one. Yay for reading!

It was tons of fun and the games were a blast! I have two more showers still, both the same weekend (in three weeks) so it’s going to be a busy, busy time for me organizing all the baby stuff and writing out thank you cards. I will try to keep updating every so often and still keep up on reading and commenting on other blogs. That’s pretty much it. Hoping everyone is doing well!

Merry Christmas! And Other Things

First off, wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I’m heading up to my parents’ house for the holiday, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to write while there. Of course, I haven’t been writing much on here lately…apologies for that. I don’t have much going on in my life right now that’s blog worthy.

I do hope to get back to at least a semi-normal blog pattern come 2011. I need to pick up my writing again too–that’s kind of fallen away for the time being but I do hope to get back up and start again. If I don’t this book will always remain unfinished…plus like everyone (family, friends and co-workers) keep asking me when it’s going to be done, so I can’t keep coming up with excuses forever!

EDIT: Just found this wonderful contest over at the The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog.Ā  They’re having a Winter Writing Festival, which will sort of be like a mini-NaNo, only YOU set the goal. You get a point each day if you reached your goal, whatever that is. It’s starts on January 10th and they’re going to setup a sister site for participants to share and talk about their writing goals. This is what I needed. šŸ™‚

Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and I hope to be back again blogging come 2011. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Time

I can’t believe how quickly the days are going by! I didn’t even realize it’s been so long since I’ve updated…

Sad to say, I did not finish NaNo. I got about 10K written: 4K on my first attempt/project and then another 6K on the same book I’ve been working on for what seems like forever. On that topic, I can’t help but admit there are times I just don’t want to continue with that story. It doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. But I know everyone would protest and yell at me if I “trunked” it so I won’t. Yet šŸ˜›

Anyway, I really have nothing else to say. I don’t want to elaborate too much on baby happenings just because I don’t want this to turn into a “mommy blog” šŸ™‚ I’ll mention the important things–like the fact baby’s doing good as of last week’s appointment. The nausea is still there but not as strong. That’s pretty much it. šŸ™‚ I hope everyone else is doing well too! I’ve gotta play catch-up on everyone’s blog…

Three Years Ago

Three years ago today, I married my best friend and my “prince charming.” Dedicating this song, “Real Life Fairytale” to us. Here’s hoping for many more happy years together!

Lyrics:

You ran around inside my head, when you passed out,
I felt dead, and I realized you make me live,
And when my world starts to cave in,
You jump inside and take my hand…
No matter where, you are there….

I thought that I would be alone,
You caught my eye and I was home,
And I realized that this is love.
I see the world with different eyes,
I look at you by my side,
No matter where you’re always there.

Will I ever see what you could see in me,
Or do I just believe that we will always be
and dream.

Well I will never be the same
and when they see that you and me were meant to be
they’ll just believe why we are together.

You are my light,
You are my star,
You are my sunshine and my dark,
You are the everything I dreamed about
You are the guy who stole my heart
I am the girl you’re always fighting for
We have a love people dream about.

Dream with me….
Make me believe….
That this is a real life fairy tale.

You are my light,
You are my star,
You are my sunshine and my dark,
You are the everything I dreamed about
You are the guy who stole my heart
I am the girl you’re always fighting for
We have a love people dream about.

A real life fairy tale
A real life fairy tale
A real life fairy tale

Home

As much as I loved the trip to Disney World with my husband, parents, sister and parents-in-law (yep, a total of seven of us), I am so HAPPY to be home.

I’ve barely been back two hours, but it’s lovely. And I did love the time away from the internet alth0ugh I was beginning to feel a bit…disconnected with the world after the first four days without it.

Gotta love coming home and enjoying the wild antics of my three animals–the two cats are literally doing flying leaps off of furniture and I swear Toby actually bounced off the side of a wall when he was doing a mad dash across the house. The dog went nuts too–his whole rear end was wagging and he couldn’t stop jumping from excitement.

Yep, I’m home. šŸ™‚

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