common words these days
thankfully, not typically words that describe me
although Saturday morning was
a totally different story
Anxiety GRIPPED ME
I wanted to “chicken out”
“what’s it going to be like? am I qualified? will I have to write ?! what does one wear to a WRITING SEMINAR??!!!”
the word SEMINAR
just sounds intimidating
but much to my dismay
the day was anything but intimidating
it was DELIGHTFUL and INSPIRING
Jerry Ellis, author of Walking the Trail
and his wife Debi Holmes-Binney, author of Desert Sojourn
hosted the wonderful event at their home in Fort Payne
I attended my very first writing seminar with Love’s Aunt Donna
she graciously insisted on sending me to the event
and because we are kindred spirits
and I love her dearly
under the terms that she go with me
upon arrival we mingled about the small crowd
reuniting with a few friends of ole
connecting & swapping social media venues with new
to be honest
I didn’t know what to expect
at best, I hoped to be given some direction with my new found passion,
not only was I given very applicable information on
where to start with my story
I was moved to tears on more than one account by the stories from others
with REAL stories from REAL people about REAL life
stories of murder, heroism
heart wrenching stories.
add to that
a call, via speaker phone, from a literary agent from New York
who was willing to share some great advice as well as some of basic “dos and don’ts”
followed by an
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! theatrical snippet
from the one woman show
based on a memoir of a Colorado woman, Ann Ellis
from actress, Sandra Lafferty of The Hunger Games and Walk the Line
I think I held my breath through her entire performance!
She is GOOD! REALLY GOOD!
and finally Jerry’s wife, Debi told her story
she INTENTIONALLY spent 40 DAYS in the DESERT
and lived to tell about it
talk about INSPIRING?!
another GREAT presentation
with the message
“you don’t have to be a writer to be an author”
I like that.
because I’ve never considered myself a writer
by any stretch of the imagination
commas scare me!
and “typo” could be my pen-name
but I do have a story
and I’m passionate about sharing it
so we’ll see.
maybe someday I will add
“write a book” to my bucket list
After reading some of my simple stories… have YOU ever considered sharing YOUR story ?!
Everybody has a story.
I’d love to hear from you! via the comment section :O)
thanks for reading