“About me: Speaking out for the First Time”

I guess the best way to begin a blog is by building one, and to build one, for a writer, it should have an “about me” page.  Right?

Then I suppose the next step would be for me to tell you about myself.  Well, I was born in Maryland, I come from a broken home where mom and dad fought all the time, I was raised mostly by my maternal and paternal grandmothers—but during different times in my youth, I hit teenage rebellion during my senior year of high school—but I still graduated on time with a 3.5 grade point average.  I’ve been married twice.  The first time I was just out of high school, but I was not pregnant.  I was 18 years old and thought I knew everything.  That’s all I’ll say about that for now as that’s an entire book by itself.  Meeting my second husband opened a whole new world for me.  I was like a damsel in distress and he rescued me.  He helped me figure out who I am as an individual and I rediscovered my lost passion for writing along the way.

I’d had plans and dreams back in high school and I’d had every intention of pursuing them, but life didn’t go as planned.  Life doesn’t always go as planned.  Life is a giant obstacle course, no one gets out alive.

Now, while finishing school with Southern New Hampshire University online learning to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing, I also keep up with Chicken Soup for the Soul; as a hopeful “starter” income.  I follow their deadline schedule, I follow Amy Newmark and Chicken Soup for the Soul on Twitter, and I submit a story to every topic I can write for.  After college, I will begin work on my first book also to be titled “Y’all Didn’t Hear it from Me”.

When I’m not building or working on my blog, I’m writing in a journal because I’ve found that if I don’t write, I feel mentally crowded or over-stimulated because I think about so many things at a time.  I have a bad habit of multitasking both physically and mentally at the same time without thinking about it.  Most of the time I catch myself and if I don’t, my husband usually says something.  That’s just who I am though; a thinker and a doer.

When I’m not occupied in the literary field; reading included; I love to clean, rearrange, or reorganize, hang out with my husband who is also my best friend, and together we enjoy Wii Sports (mainly bowling), walking outdoors, intellectual conversation in which we talk and discuss matters of any and all interests, and we love to kick back to a drink or two at night.  I also hang out with our daughter who is rapidly becoming a teenager with my adolescent attitude.  I cook and bake, and together, my husband and I cook and create new recipes my parents love trying.   Not every dish we make is worth writing about, but when we do find one we like, I’m sure to share them with you.  I do plan to incorporate cookbooks as a part of what I do.

My roots lie in country living; four-wheeling, horseback riding (when I can), tailgating, and family bonfires.  I occasionally enjoy the NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama.  I haven’t ridden horseback since my mother and dad were last together and that was some time ago as my mother passed away about ten years ago.  I would love to ride again, but that’s another time.  I went to my first NASCAR race a year ago.  I’ll share that story another time, but for now, watching a race televised is nothing compared to being there in person.  I watch the race, but I don’t watch the race when I’m at home.  At the track, you’re sucked into all the excitement, not to mention the action isn’t always on the track.

To make a long story short, or to save some writing material for later, I’m just another person who writes and wants to be a published author.  I want to share the things I’ve learned in life with the world like the various author contributors of Chicken Soup.  “Y’all Didn’t Hear it from Me” consists of real life stories from a written voice in the South.

Anyway, to find out more about the kind of material I write, please see my “On Writing” page.  Thank you!