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That’s part of the reason I’m doing the Blogging 101 course. I’m trying to find out who I am — if I am — as a writer. I’ve been journaling since I could write in one form or another. The plain fact is I seem NOT to be able to NOT write. If I’m not journaling in my short daily journal, I’m adding entries on Saturday morning to my family journal. I have a personal Morning Pages journal, ala Julia Cameron, that I love called Moodlings, and I also greatly enjoy journaling my way through devotional books I’m reading.

I’ve published one article in a local magazine years ago, and for two years I wrote a column for our church in their denominational newsletter. Still after all that, I have no idea what, if any, writing aspirations I have.

As to the regular bits of who I am, I’m on the early side of my sixties, married 43 years to my college sweetheart, with two children (both married), and blessed with three (and a half) adorable grandsons. I consider myself a spiritual person (though not necessarily religious) and am always seeking that one special path for my life. After graduating from business college, I spent the next 22+ years working two jobs at a time while raising my kids and playing taxi mom. I just got it in my head to quit working full-time in 2003. I’ve been a Jackette of all trades:

  • Secretary for Utah State University Extension Service
  • Office Manager for RCA Warranty Division
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Tutor for the local school district
  • Manager of a Copy Center
  • Receptionist for H&R Block
  • all while holding down a job as church secretary for 22 years

During NaNoWriMo 2013, I managed to complete a manuscript of a Gothic Mystery which I’m still in the process of editing. I also enjoy messing around with poetry, with the emphasis being on “messing.”

That’s it in a nutshell. I’ve had a blessed life when compared to a lot of folks I know, and am thankful for every day I get to carry on this adventure of living. This course should be an adventure, too! I forgot to mention I’m blond as well as computer illiterate!

To answer the questions listened in the assignment, I’m blogging publicly because I’m trying to get OUT of my comfort zone and learn something new. So far I’ve written about whatever pops into my head. Stories, poetry, reflections, opinions, etc. My hope in beginning this blog was to connect with other folks that like to write and share what they’ve learned on their journey. Since starting this blog I’ve been very blessed to meet Christina Ochs of The Rolling Writer. She has an amazing talent for writing. I’ve already spent a fabulous three hours over coffee chatting with her about everything from soup to nuts. If I do manage to blog for a whole year, I would feel it was a personal accomplishment more than anything, a way to learn a bit of discipline and perhaps get a peek at what kind of writing I’m capable of. Besides all that, I just want to have some fun.

Now I’m going to go and “Learn things,” as Dwayne Pride says on CSI: New Orleans…