I am a free-lance writer and recently retired English teacher. I have a M.A. in English and twenty-five years experience teaching English and writing to students in middle school, high school, and college. I live in New York with my husband and two pets, an Australian Shepherd and recently adopted cat Hanna, named after the hurricane that was occurring the day we picked her up. Apparently, there can be a real connection between the choice of a name and behavior. I also have two daughters and two granddaughters.
The fact that I can even start a blog is amazing to anyone who knows me since I am definitely technologically challenged, so as I work at this, I am hoping my blog will improve. I write poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. I have completed a young adult novel and a memoir about breast cancer, and I am in the process of finding a publisher for both.
Everything I have read about writing a blog stresses the need for focus. I know I am supposed to choose a topic and stick to it. If only my brain would work that way, I would do that. It doesn’t. So my blog might end up shifting focus from week to week. I know I will write about writing and teaching children to write. My main focus will be writing about nature, either description or poetry. When I listen to the news every day, I wonder why the focus is always on the negative. I look for feel-good stories. I know they are out there. I believe the way to overcome all the negativity in the world is to look out the window at the drifts of snow or watch the squirrels and birds in the back yard, the bright red of a cardinal in stark contrast to the whiteness of the newly-fallen snow. Those sights cause the sadness to soften, the depression to lift. We can all find peace in nature.
My ideas for writing, especially poetry or a chapter in the book I am currently writing, come in the middle of the night or early morning hours and are somehow always much better then than later when I finally put the words on paper. I am sure those early morning thoughts will end up in my blog and may be totally random, but I hope you will be able to connect to something I write, even if only occasionally.
Thank you for reading my blog!