I come from a very creative family. My sister is a graphic artist. She had a business making and selling deco-glows. She can make jewelry out of almost anything including paper. I have another sister that is an elementary school teacher and can keep kids active with various crafts. She is musically inclined as well. My baby sister is the director of a deaf school in Honduros. She helps teach kids in Spanish and Honduran sign. She is constantly looking for crafts that the parents can do for fundraisers. They are wonderful sisters.
My parents are equally artistic. They have taken stain glass classes and proceeded to do some beautiful peaces. They also took painting classes and have done marvelous paint jobs. Both Grandmothers were painters as is one uncle. I also have an uncle that is a magnificent potter. All of this to say that I thought of myself as the least creative soul on earth.
I did start crocheting at 15, mainly blankets and scarves. I discovered animals about 2 years ago. That was amazing. In my thirties I discovered pottery and again I do great work. I have a Native American flare from my Cherokee grandmother. I love doodling and have started coloring my doodles. Probably not worth a whole lot but it is certainly fun and creative. But there was one dream that remained unfillled.
Growing up I dreamed of being a writer. I am a good poet. I have been since Iwas twelve. I have written short plays for our church Christmas Play for several years. Writing research and thesis papers has always been easy. But when it came to writing that great novel that keeps floating around in my head, it has been hard. I wrote a story about 8 years ago. It was a story that I feel needed to be told. In an attempt to get all the facts in, I realized it became overly technical. It was great for the medical and psychiatric/counseling field but not for the audience I was wanting to reach. The book went into the drawer and never came back out except to be dusted.
So here I am at 52 almost 53 still wanting that 10 year old child’s dream. I want to be that author I have always dreamed of. That book is developing. I am taking notes, doing some research and trying to think of character names. I have decided to fictionalize the novel. I will be writing the book beginning Monday April 29th. This is my goal. I intend to do this step by step. I have no set finish date yet but there is hope for a finish by the end of the year.