It’s true. I spent hours staring at books and scribbling on paper until I figured out how to read and write for myself … which opened up a whole new world.
It’s true. The bookmobile made a thirty-mile trek (one way) to my house in the summer, where I’d stand in that musty little container of endless possibilities and agonize over my selection. What would I choose to fuel my imagination until the bookmobile came around again?
I spent large chunks of my childhood inventing stories in my head and writing articles for a fictional newspaper. It’s true. I had a stack of unfinished stories under my bed until I went to college. But I majored in something that was a surprise to everyone, even me.
Then somewhere along the line, my parents packed up the house and sold it and those stories probably went the way of the other unwanted belongings–the round file. It’s true.
Dreams and talents somehow got pushed aside in the blur of marriage, frequent moves, three kids in less than six years. I couldn’t even finish a conversation, let alone scratch out a paragraph. My dreams of crafting fiction would have to wait. So I blogged as a way to document the joys and triumphs of raising these wonderful little boys.
But two years ago, the need to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and release these characters that lived in my head wasn’t something I could ignore anymore. It’s true. We creative types are a little ‘out there’. I prefer to call it inspiration.
This journey of wrangling words and energetic boys is tricky sometimes. I have miles to go and I haven’t achieved my dream of being published. Yet. But the encouragement I’ve received from friends and family, the new friends I’ve made in this great big generous community of writers … I know I’m on the right path.
I was so excited when I saw Lisa Jo Baker’s post today. Motherhood is messy and real. We make big mistakes and fall short in so many ways. But behind the yoga pants and spit-up stained t-shirts, we moms have incredible talents that sometimes go untapped in the name of laundry, meals and another round of pre-school story time. It’s true.
So come on over. Link up with this fabulous bunch of writers, getting a jump on Friday and take five minutes to tell us what you think when you hear the word true?