The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Eight

NSSWM2There are only a three more days left; it’s day twenty-eight of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway!

Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market by Alice Pope (Writer’s Digest Books) is the best resource available for getting your fiction published.

For three decades, fiction writers have turned to Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market to keep them up-to-date on the industry and help them get published. Whatever your genre or form, the 2010 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market tells you who to contact and what to send them. In this edition you’ll find:

  • Complete, up-to-date contact information for 1,200 book publishers, magazines and journals, literary agents, contests and conferences.
  • News with novelists such as Gregory Frost, Jonathan Mayberry, Carolyn Hart, Chelsea Cain, Mary Rosenblum, Brian Evenson and Patricia Briggs, plus interviews with four debut authors who share their stories and offer advice.
  • Nearly 200 pages of informative and inspirational articles on the craft and business of fiction, including pieces on a writing humor, satire, unsympathetic characters, and genre fiction; tips from editors and authors on how to get published; exercises to improve your craft; and more.
  • Features devoted to genre writing including romance, mystery, and speculative fiction.
  • And—new this year—access to all Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market listings in a searchable online database!

Alice-PopeAuthor Bio:

Alice Pope has been the editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market for more than a decade. She is a former Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a frequent speaker at children’s writing conferences, and a collector of picture books.

If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂

Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!

Today’s question is…

Write a “short story” in 50-200 words that tells the story of your writing career from it’s beginning until the end of your life. Start with “Once upon a time…” and just see what comes out. This should be fun. Don’t try to hard. A rough draft is fine.

Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. :)

Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. :)


32 Responses to “The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway 2009, Day Twenty-Eight”

  1. 1 Kathryn Lang September 28, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Once upon a time a little girl sat intently at her third grade desk and wrote “The Pineapple that Cried Banana” – complete with illustrations. It was a complete rip-off but it was completely hers at the same time. Her teacher encouraged her and she wanted to do more.

    Many years later that same little girl, now a struggling teen, sent in a short story to a teen magazine. The rejection was not so much a rejection as a request for more information (and parental signature) but it was not the response she wanted. Her encouragement faded.

    Decades after that first story was completed, the grown woman again took the risk to try again. This time she focused on her personal stories and shied away from the fiction. Her first attempt was a competition for a monthly column in the regional paper. She won!

    With her heart encouraged once more, the woman began to pursue that dream that was sparked so many years before. She continues following her passion and is working hard on the ever after part of the fairytale. She has discovered that happy endings are possible but that persistence, determination and boldness help those happy times along.

  2. 2 Kimberly Tyree September 28, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Once upon a time, a thirteen-year-old girl received a notebook for keeping a diary. She began to write… and never quit. She wrote stories for homework, stories for fun, and, eventually, stories for money. She wrote a novel while a grad student, but it wasn’t very good. Yet. She wrote lots of technical papers to make a living, but then she got married and had three kids. She wrote an article for a Christian magazine – and they bought it! She then wrote another for a children’s magazine – and they bought it! Then she went back to writing novels, with her notebook full of story ideas. She wrote a new science fiction novel, and (now we’re moving into the future) – they bought it! She wrote ten sequels, and then wrote more novels – science fiction, fantasy, young adult, inspirational, historical fiction. Her agent sold them all, made a few into movies, and she (and her children and husband) lived happily ever after!

  3. 3 Pat September 28, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Once upon a time I decided to try creative writing. I posted my first attempt on a fan fiction site. It wasn’t bad. I posted several other pieces that were well received.
    It made me confident enough to branch out into essays and creative fiction.

    Incentive in the form of publication stoked the fire. I kept writing. I published my first novel. It became a best seller. Movie rights were optioned. Meryl Streep played the lead character, a quirky judge who dreamed of becoming a forensic detective.

    A string of successes followed that I’m too modest to mention.

    Currently, I’m working on what may be my final manuscript. It’s a story about my great-granddaughter’s journey to become the first woman on Mars.

  4. 4 Lucille Barilla September 28, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Re: to contest

    Once upon a time I was a third grader in Holy Ghost Elementary School. Our very progressive Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Anita Rao, asked us to write an essay about a celebrity we would pick to be a member of our family and why. To my right and left, I saw friends struggling with an answer. Many chose cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and The Pink Panther. Not me. As soon as she gave us the assignment, I knew who my celebrity relative would be: Dom DeLuise. I creatively told a story about heading to his home in a place where the sun shined 24 hours a day (in third grade I thought California was such an area) and how he would cook me huge pots of macaroni, eggplant parm (another 3rd grade fave and can you guess I’m Italian?) and provide plenty of pastry for dessert, while he told me stories about his Hollywood escapades. Mrs. Rao was stunned by my efforts and told me I had a real gift. I just thought I was telling another one of my usual long-winded stories, but on paper. That’s when I knew, hey that’s fun, and I had to write for the rest of my life. I was eight years old.

  5. 5 Jaymie September 28, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Once upon a time, a girl fell in loves with books. Her favorite way to pass the time was curled up in a comfy spot with a book in her hands and another waiting nearby. As the girl grew, the only thing that changed was the difficulty of the books she chose. She never went anywhere without something to read.

    As a teenager, the girl discovered the joy of recording her own words – her confused teenage thoughts and feelings, as well as stories of real events in her life and the way she wished they had turned out. She even won an award for an original story and a poem. Then, she forgot about writing for fun, engaged instead in writing for school. She still loved words, but she rarely had time to compose them in her own way.

    Many years later, with a family and no job, the girl took a risk and emailed everyone she knew saying she was looking for work. One response was an opportunity to write Sunday school curriculum for adults on a contract basis. She jumped at the opportunity. She rediscovered her love for words. Over several years she wrote five units of curriculum that were published by her denomination.

    When the economy led to fewer of those opportunities, the girl had to choose – would she walk away from writing, or would she find other ways to organize words and thoughts and share them with others? She discovered she couldn’t just walk away.

  6. 6 Donna September 28, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Once upon a time—a long, long time ago—Sister Mary Johanna assigned her eighth-grade class to write their autobiographies.

    Thirteen-year-old Donna wanted to get a good grade. She used her new blue fountain pen and wrote in her best Catholic-school penmanship. She gave it a catchy title, “My World,” and began with the day she was born: “The sun shone brightly in the clear blue sky . . .”

    She wrote about her parents and six siblings and fun times with her friends—sleepovers, campouts, and walking barefoot through a cow pasture at midnight.

    Donna received an “A.” She read her autobiography to the entire school, whose teachers told her afterwards what a good writer she was. Donna’s parents told her how proud they were—when all she wanted to do was finish her homework and get a good grade.

    Many years later, Donna was married and had children. She had forgotten about her autobiography until after her mother passed away. While cleaning out her mother’s cedar chest, she found a copy of “My World” wrapped in tissue paper. Donna’s world has never been the same.

  7. 7 Joyce Lansky September 28, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Once upon a time, I started stories in that boring manner. Six conferences and almost four years later, I’ve pumped out 4 1/2 novels, many short stories, and almost completed a course through the Institute of Children’s Literature. But alas, I didn’t get published until I retired from my job in 2015.

    My novel “Being Bompsy Carleffa” made the best seller list and went on to be a major motion picture along with it’s four sequels. I also received great success with the comedy “Don’t Eat the Chipmunks” as well as many other books. But alas, my first novel “The Friendship Puzzle” was never published. 😦

    I lead multiple sessions on humor, creating page turners and strong characters for ten consecutive years at the SCBWI conference in LA. When I left this earth at the age of 102 (a record with my family history), my books stayed back to entertain future generations of child readers.

  8. 8 Cara Holman September 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Once upon a time, in a long ago and far away place, there lived a little girl who loved books. Big books, little books, picture books, chapter books… she loved them all. When she wasn’t reading, you could find her curled up with a notebook creating her own stories and poems.

    But one day, her life changed when she went off to college. Now concerned with the practical things in life, the only reading she ever did anymore was in the thick college textbooks that she was required to read, and her writing endeavors were limited to term papers tapped out on her manual typewriter. Her writing career seemed doomed.

    The years passed, this little girl grew into a woman, and had children of her own. “Read to me,” they would beg her, and once more, reading came back into her life. By chance, she discovered a flier for a writing group, and slowly, she began to dust off her ambitions and write again.

    A hundred years later, her great-great-great-grandchildren discovered that she had written over twenty-five books across many genres: picture books, young adult novels, juvenile fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, anthologies of short stories, and last but not least, romance…

  9. 9 Carrie Ure September 28, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Once upon a time there was a little curly-headed girl who couldn’t wait to read and write. By the time she was three she was reading picture books and by five she began writing her name all over her books. She loved the library and reading to her sister and two brothers. By the time the little girl turned into a skinny shy teenager, she’d spent many hours alone in her room writing about her feelings. Her 10th grade English teacher asked her class to keep and journal. After reading hers, the kind teacher convinced the girl to apply to his college. He made her promise that she’d write a book someday. She wrote and wrote and wrote, through college and during the adventure of becoming an adult, getting married and having a family. But she never showed anyone her writing until the day she met a nice lady who worked on the other end of her computer. The lady told her to write and send in her writing to magazines and after a year of practicing, the little girl was finally grown up and ready to do just that!

  10. 10 Rebecca C September 28, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Once upon a time a seven year old princess wrote a song called ‘Black Eyes.’ It was the greatest and most memorable song ever written—so memorable that the princess promptly forgot the melody and lost the lyrics. A few years later she wrote a poem about a wolf entitled ‘The Wolverine’ because she didn’t know there was a difference between the two. Obviously, the great and wise judges in the land didn’t know either because her poem won first place, not once, but twice. She then left the royal palace in search of her fortune but a wicked witch put a spell on her that made her do stupid things like take meaningless jobs and stop writing. Eventually Prince Charming saved her. They married and produced royal offspring—the greatest creative endeavor the princess could ever hope to achieve. After that, the spell was broken and the princess once again began to write prize-winning stories. The court seer has prophesized that the princess will one day publish a bestseller and live happily ever after.

  11. 11 Brandy September 28, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Once upon a time there was a girl that loved to write. There was nothing more thrilling than the clicking of the typewriter keys as stories came to life in her bedroom. As she grew older, she was told that she had talent, but she should find something more practical to do with her life. Not many succeeded at writing. She stuffed the stories down in her mind, and did not give them the time they needed to grow anymore.

    One day, after she had children of her own, she realized that she didn’t want to squash any of their dreams, no matter how unrealistic. She knew that she still loved to write, and even if she never became a famous novelist, she needed to put her stories down on paper. She struggles to balance her desires and her duties, but she knows that she cannot ignore her writing any longer. It is hard for her not to regret the lost time, but she is trying to move ahead, baby steps though they are.

  12. 12 Joanna September 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Once upon a time a 4th-grade girl and her friend entered a short story contest, each of them writing lengthy stories about all kinds of crazy things — the girl can’t remember anymore what she wrote — that they sent off with fluttering hearts. Neither of them ever heard a thing. One of the girls continued to write, mostly journals throughout her world travels and academic papers throughout her college years. She didn’t start writing stories again, primarily nonfiction, until after her second baby was born, and she realized no one would ever ask her to write again unless she took a class. She started writing in earnest and fell in love with creative nonfiction, a genre she had never heard of, and had a couple essays published. Perhaps someday she will try her hand at fiction again and enter a short story in a contest.

  13. 13 Krysten H September 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to read. So much so that she wished she could find a career where all she had to do was read and write stories all day. She started out writing little short stories in grade school, and then joined her college newspaper where people actually read what she wrote and she got paid for it. Then she took a chance and submitted a short story to a university lit magazine and when she got published there she was hooked. From there she went on to write and publish novels, children’s books, stories, and more.

  14. 14 Stephanie September 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Once upon a time, an eight-year-old girl wrote a story for her grandfather’s birthday, graciously entitled “Why Grandpa’s Are Special.” She crafted it, smoothed its pages between two pieces of construction paper, and lovingly fixed it in place with approximately 35 staples. The story was intended to be a serious, heart-tugging tale of an eight-year-old girl whose most special Grandpa bought her a pony, graciously offering to keep it in his own yard since her mother had made it clear that a pony would never reside in their own yard. Instead it was received with laughter. Realizing then that myriad emotions can be evoked with a simple piece of writing, the young girl fell in love with the craft. Though life, career, and family and the occasional bout of self-doubt created obstacles to the ideal writing life, the girl grew up to appreciate the special joy that only writing could provide her.

  15. 15 Cheryl M September 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Once upon a time I was a chemistry professor. Then I had kids and I quit being a full-time chemistry professor. I started subscribing to Brain, Child. I was out on a run one day when I started thinking about a story I’d like to tell – the clash between a medical doctor and a Ph.D. over whether or not there is mercury in thimerosol. That story has still not made it to an audience, besides to some students where I use it as a cautionary tale that the doctor is not always right and really should have paid more attention in chemistry class. I began writing other non-fiction informative articles focusing on the intersection of science and parenting. Some have made it from my computer to the real world.

  16. 16 Janel September 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Once upon a time there was a little girl who wrote a story about a talking car. Her classmates liked the story so much they asked the teacher to read it aloud twice. This elementary school achievement made the girl decide that she wanted to be an author. As the years went by she wrote very good high school reports and precise college reports, but she never tried get her work published.

    After motherhood changed her perspective, this grown up girl decided to submit an article to a magazine. Her first three articles were accepted on their first submission! She went on to write more non-fiction articles, but rarely tried her hand at her first love, fiction. Now the woman has decided to go back to her beloved fiction and focus on that once again. Will she live happily ever after? Only time and perseverance will tell.

  17. 17 Beth Cato September 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Once upon a time, a young girl proclaimed, “I am a writer.” Ah, and she wrote and illustrated all sorts of tales. When she was selected as the 5th grade winner in the Friends of the Library Essay Contest, she knew she had the ability. People loved her stories. She would be a published novelist in no time. Right?

    And then, as a teenager, she still called herself a writer, and yet she did not write. She stared down the college-ruled sheet, worrying about rejection and research and a thousand other things.

    Marriage. Moves. A finished degree. A baby. She grew frustrated with her long and dull days. “If I want to be a writer,” she said. “I need to write. And submit.” And so she did, all the while keeping her eyes on the greatest prize: a published novel.

    Alas, as prophesied by a dream in 2008, as soon as her novel went to print, Earth succumbed to an alien invasion and everyone died. But it was an awesome novel.

  18. 18 Adrienne Ross September 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Once upon a time, a nature writer woke up with a strange feeling: what if the book she was working on wasn’t all she wanted to do? But she’d always wanted to write a book of nature essays! Always, for as long as she could remember, but maybe, just maybe, all those lovely essays on salmon and bees and trees were just part of the story she wanted to tell. Maybe the other stories were ones she had to make up. And she thought: “Fiction! That’s what a real writer does.” But she had 3 chapters until her manuscript was finished. What to do? She worked on the manuscript during the day, and at night, as her baby slept in her arms, she leaned over, turned on the computer, and wrote stories. Then she started to send out stories. Many, many rejections came back, but so did a few hand written notes from editors: “Know that your work was seriously considered…” and “We hope you’ll send more our way…” and “Thank you.” She kept writing and sending, and sending and writing. She finished her book and found a publisher, and she kept writing fiction, and lived happily ever after.

  19. 19 Meryl Evans September 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Once upon a time, she held her second child in her arms enjoying every bit of time off from work to care for her first son. With the extra time on her hands, she decided to enroll in an online certificate program in hopes of becoming a web designer. She’d study while he slept.

    Long story short, she discovered she didn’t have what it takes to enjoy a career in web design. Instead, she entered a contest in a web design magazine where readers submitted an article for a chance to win serious software. She won and thus began her accidental writing career.

  20. 20 Pam Maynard September 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Once upon a time there was a girl named Pam who loved to write. She wrote in her diary everyday, Everyday until her brothers found it and read it to her parents who then grounded her. Then Pam put her writing passion to work at school. She wrote poems that were published in the school newspaper, she wrote all the extra credit assignments just because she liked to write. But, life changed, Pam changed and chose to bottle up all those feelings for years. After a terrible 15 month marriage, Pam found love with her husband Gary. He wrote love notes to her which inspired Pam to write again. Pam completed a Bs degree and MS degree while working full time, raising a son and operating a doggy resort. Pam found the time and passion to write and get published. There is no “the end” because Pam still writes and for herself(no one reads her diary now) and for the world!

  21. 21 Renee Roberson September 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Once upon a time there was a young girl who scribbled stories into spiral notebooks and lived for reading literature and deconstructing books with essays in high school. Her English teachers encouraged her to apply to college, and one even phoned one particular university when the girl was denied admission. The girl went on to a local college instead and met a wonderful journalism Pulitzer Prize-winning instructor who took the girl under her wing and said she’d make a great copy editor one day.
    But it wasn’t until the girl became a mother that she began looking at writing as a career seriously again. She started slowly, working as a stringer for a daily newspaper and then publishing article after parenting article. Eventually, she returned to her very first love, fiction, and spent the rest of her years supporting her family as a successful novelist.

  22. 22 Annette S September 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Once there was a math geek who loved to read but thought she couldn’t write. A high school teacher taught her how to ignore internal tyrannical editor and then she couldn’t stop writing. She even entertained the idea of becoming A Writer. That is, until college made her way too critical of herself and she decided it was time to be practical.

    However, she kept journaling. And through odd jobs that involved writing here and there she began unlearning the less useful lessons and finding her own voice. She published several lifestyle pieces in a local newspaper and considered a freelance career, but a communications job with a nonprofit caused her to realize that she liked being part of a team and a vision beyond her own. At the same time, the arrival of her daughter and reading her stories reminded her of the importance of good storytelling. She resurrected a young adult novel she wrote during NaNoWriMo and became known for novels that inspire kids to be true to themselves.

  23. 23 L Ringler September 28, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Once upon a time, a girl read 136 books in one year (she kept a list) while simultaneously filling notebooks with her short stories. One day she shared one of those stories with her 5th grade teacher – it was about a deaf-mute girl falling out of a hammock, getting disoriented in the world, and trying to find her way through her backyard by smell – and her teacher didn’t really know what to do with that.

    But the girl kept reading and writing. She was editor of the school literary magazine as a teen, wrote poetry and fiction on through college, and a novel while her children were very young. She tried her hand at non-fiction articles and blogging, eventually breaking into the national magazines.

    She kept reading and writing and learning. She wrote two non-fiction books, re-worked that novel for publication, and moved into writing full-time. After a challenging, exciting, and ever-changing career in both fiction and non-fiction, she looked back at her life satisfied.

  24. 24 Laura September 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Once upon a time, there was a very young girl, who one day figured out that somebody actually wrote the stories that she loved to read. So, she stapled some lined paper together and began to write stories, about a pioneer girl, about teddy bears, and magic. After multiple sitings, she believed she had a magical white ghost cat as her personal muse.

    As a teen, she still wrote stories, but now they were about super heros, and adventures. She did write a few articles for the church newsletter about the youth group she was part of.

    Fast forward to many years later, and we find a young women with three small children, trying to find occasional time to write her stories. Not believing in herself, they often fizzled.

    A few years ago finds this slightly older woman with teenagers, who decided to believe in her dream, and began to write in earnest. She had an article published. Then nothing. Yet still she writes. She sends off personal essays and the occasional short short story, with great hopes. With a shaky breath, she begins to write a fiction book. On to the future….

  25. 25 Liz September 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Once upon a time, she wrote a story about Roller and Skate…a pair of roller skates who were friends. Then came the suspenseful short story that her eighth grade teacher lauded as one of the great stories in the class. And thus, a writer was born. With an English degree and a few creative writing classes, she was set to get some life experience in Japan. She returned but didn’t begin writing again until she was a mama. And then, finally, the words came back. She started submitting and found great joy in sharing the words she put to paper.

  26. 26 brigidday September 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Once upon a time, there was a third-grade girl who was called down to the principal’s office. By the time she got to the office she was shaking from fear and almost in tears. She had tried to think of any possible reason she would be in such trouble. To her great relief, she learned the principal called her to congratulate her for winning a regional writing contest.
    The little girl never forgot how proud (and relieved) she was at that moment. Many things would interest her as she grew older, but she would always have a lust for writing.
    After having children of her own, she would revaluate her life and goals more than once. Writing would continue to be her dream.
    Now she just needs to make it happen.

  27. 27 Fawn September 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Once upon a time there was a girl who climbed a tree with a notebook in her hand. She wrote and wrote and wrote in that tree. When she finally grew too big to climb the tree, she kept writing. Along the way, many people helped her with her writing and encouraged her. When she went to college she tried to major in computers, but the English department sucked her right across campus. After graduation, she learned a lot about writing without even realizing it. She wrote articles, websites, grant proposals, reports, and even a book chapter. Then, she had kids and didn’t write for a while. Finally, she returned to writing to try out some new methods, styles, and genres. She entered writing contests and won some cool stuff and enough prize money to take her family on vacation. She published a few articles, and then wrote a column in a prominent magazine. Finally, she took all her experience and gathered it up into a book, which was well received and sold like hotcakes, but still didn’t make her as rich and famous as her husband had hoped. Things were still pretty good though.

  28. 28 Mar Junge September 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to write books. Her mommy told her, “If you want to be a mommy when you grow up, you need to get a good job so you can make money to feed your babies.”

    When the girl was 12, her counselor gave her a pamphlet about public relations. She read about how companies would pay her to write. So she went to college, got her PR degree, worked for companies for ten years and then started her own PR agency. She made money writing articles and had three babies of her own. But she never forgot her dream and would stay up late at night to write books.

    As her PR agency grew, she hired people to write articles so she had more time to work on her novels. Eventually, her YA book about gypsies and her historical fiction novel about a train wreck were published and sold lots of copies.

    One day the writer’s daughter told her she wanted to write books when she grew up. The writer said, “If you work hard, you can be a successful writer and a mommy, too. It’s called being a WriterMama.”

  29. 29 Brianne A September 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Once upon a time, a young woman decided to follow her passion and believe in her dream. She started writing every day and began submitting short pieces to magazines while she worked on writing her first book.

    The more she continued and practiced, the better her writing became. Her articles were published in several national magazines, and her second book quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Her fifth book was one of Oprah’s Book Club selections!

    She went on to earn an MFA in Creative Writing and taught workshops at top universities around the country.

  30. 30 Cathy Welch September 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Once upon a time Cathy amassed all the journals consisting of 33% written pages, filled up her bed side table cabinet and said, “Now I have plenty of material. I can go through these for inspiration and try to figure out why in the world I wrote some of this stuff.”
    Cathy’s husband gave her writing school tuition for her birthday in 2008. She wrote many magazine articles until her sensitivity and connectedness to women’s emotional issues caught the eye of a nonfiction book publisher. She authored 25 books on the subject and retired to a life of travel and life experiences with her husband, Keith.

  31. 31 Kristen R Murphy September 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Once upon a time there was a little girl named Kristen. As long as she can remember, books were a first love introduced by her mother. Kristen’s first hand at writing stories started with a Creative Writing class during her senior year in high school. She created stories about a young woman’s need for her father and a princess looking for her prince. During a stint in junior college, Kristen enjoyed her lit classes and tried to explore her dreams. With her college career cut short, a life with trials and tribulations got in the way.

    A few years down the road, she married a Marine of her dreams and moved to California. When the time came, they moved back to their hometown and started a family. Kristen passed on the love for books to her three little girls while the only writing that got done was journaling about life and motherhood. As her children became more independent, she remembered those short stories from high school and how much she loved to write. And so the journey to become a “writer” began. Some day in the future, Kristen’s writing is read by others.

  32. 32 karen k September 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Once upon a time there was a young woman who felt like a shriveled bud of a flower, destined to fall off the stem unopened. But, as all the luck in the stars and all the current in the river would have it, she realized that she was just a late bloomer. Not just reading, but reading and hearing what other people had to say about this life inspired her to start paying attention and writing it all down. Also, as more luck would have it, she knew that wanting something will only get you so far. And that hard work gently intertwined with wanting something will get you farther than you thought. Then one day while she was working hard to get farther, she looked up and realized that farther doesn’t mean better if you are missing the things you were trying to pay attention to in the first place. Then she slowed down, her attention to detail magnified, and her writing became something that she wanted it to be. For now and forever.

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