Saturday, July 20, 2013

Life without writing....

What would my life be like if I never started writing...

I often wonder about this. If my daughter hadn’t prompted me to reach for my dreams on a dreary ride home in the middle of November 2007.

Would I have continued the Pampered Chef endeavor and became a better cook? Somehow, I doubt that.  I have always hated the kitchen and with the pickiness factor that my children possess, I don’t think this idea would have stuck, even with some of the cool recipes I accumulated.

Would I have still been a slave to night time drama series on television, probably.  I was always a soap opera girl and I doubt that would have changed. I still indulge from time to time, but not wholeheartedly like I used to.

I might have joined the PTA and become more active in that realm and sometimes I feel bad that I haven’t been more involved in the town or school activities.  However, even with the balance of a day job, writing and publishing, I have carved out time to be at almost every game, every dance lesson, every recital, every belt test, every guitar lesson that my kids have been involved in.  I made sure of that, especially since most of the time I’m home, I am writing.

Would I have continued reading – hell yes. I was always an avid reader.  However, I know I would not have discovered the authors that I have had the pleasure of meeting and reading through this writing endeavor. I have found some extraordinary talent from N.Y. Times best selling authors to those within the folds of the mid-list, small press and self-published authors.  I am relatively certain I probably never would have come across these folks in my old life. Jonathan Maberry, Cat Connor, A.S.King, Heather Brewer, Poppet, Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, Ty Drago, Kay Hooper, Robert Browne, and so many others, including my publishing partner JasonHalstead.  I also wouldn’t have had the chance to help writers hone their craft and see their stories on the virtual shelves, like Bob Stewart, Ashlynne Laynne, and Ellis Hoff to name a few, nor would I have had the pleasure of working with some outstanding cover artists, including Willsin Rowe and Jawine Westland.

So, while life without writing would have been busy, it would not be as rich as it is today. And a bonus, I get to share my crazy stories with the world.

Thanks for sharing the dream with me!

Until next time...

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