February 11, 2012

Please Bear with Me


So, way back in the spring of 2009 I was feeding my toddler and staring out of our glass doors watching a bunch of crows dive bombing something in the back alley. They were utterly silent which is what caught my attention, it seemed so unusual. I wondered what it would be like to be them, flying around the trees; no worries about a stalled career, or gaining weight, or being a bare-minimum mom and less-than-bare-minimum spouse. Not for them any worries about addictions, mis-managed money, or dilapidated transmissions. 
I wanted to be a crow.
This is how my book was born.
It's almost three years later, and I'm totally stoked because last night I finished writing chapter two.

When I was 8 years old, I read the Little House on the Prairie series. It wasn't until after I'd finished it that I learned that the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was dead. Long dead. I was gobsmacked. HOW could a person who was DEAD make my laugh, make me cry? It's some kind of magic. Then I realized that I could write words that people a hundred years from today could read! (Insert angels singing here.) That was it, I was going to be a writer when I grew up. Unfortunately, something happened along the way, or rather, nothing happened. I stopped writing in my late teens. And I never picked it up again; until that afternoon sitting at my dining table trying not to watch my son paint his highchair tabletop with spaghetti sauce while digging chewed up noodles out of his eyelashes.

What happened that derailed my going-to-be-a-famous-writer train? Well....doesn't matter. It got derailed, like, right off the tracks. So now, I'm on a whole new train, it's an old steam engine (slow) with a lot of cars (can you say, 'baggage'?), but I'm the engineer and I'm knocking down all the bloated cows and fallen trees that get in my way.

Let my keystrokes be true, my plotting be timely, and my voice be worth reading.
Cheers,
A.J.

5 comments:

  1. I love this. I never knew how the story came into your mind, but I'm glad it did; and I'm happy to finally learn its beginnings.

    On a side note, I have no idea how to work my blog. As my one-day assistant, I'd like you to figure it all out and send me an instruction guide. Please and thank you.

    P.S. Next you have to get a twitter account. ASAP!

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  2. Twitter, shmitter! Don't wanna get sucked in to that 79%!!

    Am really getting excited now that I have a better idea of how my main character is going to save the day at the end, yay!

    Thanks ladies, so fun going through all this with you.

    PS: This blog thing is a gong show, have no idea how it works, it took my almost 10 minutes just to get to these comments, so that instruction guide may take a while! ;)

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