Thursday, January 20, 2011

Off and Running

It’s been a long time coming but I am finally making the foray into the blogging world. For those of you who know me, you are probably wondering why it took me so long. Writing has always one of the greatest passions in my life but has repeatedly been placed on the back burner. More on that in a future entry.

Technically, I suppose, this is not my first blog. I have been maintaining a blog about my youngest daughter, Sarah, her liver transplant and beyond for two years. That blog was created more to keep people informed and up-to-date on our hospital stays and surgeries than anything else.

Why blog? The reason is probably three-fold, at least at the outset. First, it gives me a venue to share my journey on the road to getting published and engage others who travel along that same road, or who have come before me.

Second, it provides a place to share part of my life. Each entry won’t necessarily be exclusively about writing. My life is so much more than that. With four children under 9, a full-time job and a marriage to nurture, time is a premium. But even above the time aspect is my commitment to those relationships and responsibilities.  There are already blogs out there from writers with small children at home. My intention is to offer encouragement to others in a similar situation or who are just finding it hard to get started, no matter their age or family situation.

Lastly, a blog is a place to be real (I wanted to use the word 'vent'!). Okay, so I won’t be detailing any disappointing dealings with agents and editors or how I wish I could write full-time but I may comment on other subjects, particularly parenting. More likely, I will comment on my writing frustrations and how bogged down I can get in the middle of my WIP.

So, feel free to hop on board. The more, the merrier. While I am relatively “new” to the writing game, I do have 40+ years of life experience behind me and that counts for something, right?  I hope you will find this blog a safe and encouraging place and one that can truly become a community.

Enjoy…and keep writing!


  1. I echo Stasia's remark. And I have no doubt you will find many levels of success in your pursuit of the writing the great American novel. Keep up the good work!

  2. Stasia - appreciate you following me. Hope to see you at the SCBWI conference in April.

    Paul - thanks for the kind words.