Here it is! This is my very first posting on my very first blog. How did I wind up here? My development into a writer took root in my life-long love of reading. I find reading as natural as breathing and writing as important as eating. I would never attempt to answer the age old question: “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” My parents read to me from my birth. The Episcopal Church and the public library were the first places we located when we moved to new places-which we did often. Even today libraries and bookstores are my favorite places to visit.
What do I read? I read anything and everything. The last few years my best times have been reading with my grandson, Elliott. We like nothing better than curling up together with a stack of books. I especially love a good mystery. As a girl, I helped Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys solve many mysteries. Soon I moved on to become the sidekick of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I always have a mystery ‘in progress’.
Books ‘in progress’ can be found on my bedside table, in my home office, by my recliner, in my car (I do not read while driving-these are for waiting rooms and the like), and in my purse. Although I read all types of books, there will always be stacks of children’s books, ‘how to’ write and become published books, Bible studies/ meditations/spirituality books, gardening books, cookbooks, and reference books.
After 31.5 great years in education as a teacher and administrator, I retired at the end of this past school year. I am reveling in the additional forty to sixty hours a week I can now devote to reading and writing. I am embracing writing as my full-time job. In the months to come, I will share my journey with you and hope to benefit from all of your expertise and encouragement.