Hi! I am excited to be writing my first blog today. Thank you, Karen, for helping me set up my blogspot. I look forward to making entries every week. Firstly, I am hoping my blog will give me the self-discipline I need to write. Secondly, I am hoping it will be a good forum to showcase my writing. Thirdly, I believe my blog will be a good way to network with other writers.
I have always loved to write. When I was a little girl, I started by writing poetry and kept a little scrapbook of my work. I won first prize at the Caledonia Fair for the story I submitted in Grade 4. Then in high school, I started writing essays. In university, I wrote many more essays, usually in French, since that was my major. Once I started teaching fulltime, I got away from writing. Then, when my little girl turned 2, I decided to take an online college writing course and I loved it! I spent 14 weeks writing poetry and ended up with a portfolio of 30 poems. I won first prize in a haiku contest for a poem I wrote about my daughter called "My Blue-Eyed Beauty". For the next three summers, I took more writing courses. I was hooked. In the meantime, I joined a writing group through my church. We meet once a month and share ideas and critique each other's work. Last summer, I took a week-long writing workshop with Marsha Skrypuch, a Brantford author, aimed at publication. Yes, I have had an article published in the Brantford Expositor about adoption in 1997. My poems have also been published in three different poetry anthologies. However, I have never had a book published and that is my ultimate goal.
I think of the Scripture verse "Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." I will persevere.
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