I have wanted to be an author since I was eight years old. I've known for a while that this would be what I would be doing. Writing is such a great love of mine. It has been since even before I could write. I would make up stories and either tell them to my mom who would write them down (I would then proceed to draw the pictures) or I would act these stories out with my dolls. When I learned to write by myself I steadily kept a notebook. Now, this did have to do with school. We had to keep Writer's Notebooks. All throughout elementary school. Once I got to third grade I wrote in this notebook more than was required. (Which I am pretty sure thrilled my teacher. Also, I will talk about this teacher in another post because she certainly has a part in my journey of becoming an author). When I got to sixth grade, I got my first "real" diary and started to keep a steady journal that was not assigned for school purposes. I have been keeping a steady journal ever since and now twenty-four to show for it. And I wrote stories and poems all throughout middle school, high school and college.
So, writing and story-telling have always been big parts of my life. When I was fourteen I wrote in a paper that I wanted to have a book published by the time that I was twenty. Well, that was much closer than I thought. But I did have a book published a month after I turned twenty-one. Thousands of Mornings, a colkection of original poetry and photography. I believe that this meant I had achieved my goal. I was only a month off. I think it's so incredible an wonderful that I did it. I did it.
And now, I have my second poetry collection out. Holiday Hospital Stay Poetry Collection 2012. I've put a giveaway up of this book on GoodReads. There are five copies available. Fifty-six people have entered the giveaway! Fifty-six! Fifty-six people actually took time to enter a giveaway for my book. That is so phenomenal to me. Truly amazing. Remarkable. I don't have enough adjectives. AND the book is now on the To-Read List of thirty people. Again, remarkable. People are actually interested in what I have to say. I feel that, this is one of the things that you strive for most as a writer. And it is just remarkable to me that this is all happening. It is truly a dream come true.
Thank you for reading and I hope that you all have a wonderful day and that you never forget your wonderful dreams!
Thousands of Mornings: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15713496-thousands-of-mornings
Holiday Hospital Stay Poetry Collection 2012: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18286653-holiday-hospital-stay-poetry-collection-2012
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