Although I proclaimed for years that I'd like to be a writer, I never did anything about it since saying I wanted to write, and that I just didn't have the time was easy. That way, I couldn't possibly be a failure. It was just a dream, and not a very practical one. (What dreams ARE practical?)
Looking back, I realize I actually wrote a great deal all through my life. I just didn't look at it as writing. As a young girl, I had several pen pals and I enjoyed composing letters to them. As I grew up and moved from home, I wrote many letters to family and friends. One year I surrendered and decided it wasn't tacky to write the Generic Christmas Letter. That very first one got rave reviews. Hey, maybe I'd stumbled onto something here.
was the drapery coordinator at a large company. I took it upon myself to type numerous memos to the sales and service staff. I loved the challenge of making the letters informative, interesting, and humorous. At times, I received compliments, yet it never occurred to me that this was writing, this was something I was good at, this was something exciting and rewarding.I fall asleep and wake up thinking about writing.
When a thought pops into my head, I jot it down on whatever piece of paper I can find, so it won't be forgotten. Before I became so passionate about writing, what in the world did I think about all the time?
Publications in Chronological Order
Washington University in St. Louis - Center for Humanities - Three poems - April 2020
Rosie's Can Do Cook Booklet: Vintage Homefront Recipes & Stories from WWII for Today's Woman (December 2019)
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog Really Did That? (August 2017)
From Pigtails to Chin Hairs (November 2013)
Vestal Review: 2 stories (2009-2010)
Tiny Lights - Monthly Search Lights (Sept 2009 - August 2014 finale)
SLU Parks College "Parks Today" Alumni Paper (August 2009)
Beliefnet.com (November 2009)
Chicken Soup for the Soul; Teens Talk Getting In...To College (2008)
Chicken Soup for the Soul; Divorce and Recovery (2008)
Chicken Soup for the Soul; Love Stories (2007)
Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul; (2007)
Divine Whine magazine (2007)
Life Happens magazine (2005)
Sts. J & A Feast for Body and Soul (2002)
St. Charles County Journal; Guest Opinion Shaper Columnist (2001-2005)
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