I started this blog in 2007 with the intention of keeping up with it. Then came Shannon going to middle school and soccer games...then cheerleading...games and competitions. So here it is, Sept. of 2010 and now I've decided I need to give this blogging thing another 'go', as my friends from Oz would say.
We're still busy, but Shannon has her license now, so I'm not in the car quite as much. Cassidy has started middle school, so her teachers give her time to do the homework in class, which is fabulous!
I got this bright idea in 2008 to try to write a novel. Never done that before...not ever...never was really a 'reader'. I don't really feel like I even have a right to try and write because I'm so behind on my reading. I have been reading more now. When I was younger, it was always so hard for me to read and understand what I read. I had a comprehension problem from the time I could read until adulthood. When I took a reading test, I had to read passages more than once to understand everything in them.
For a long time, I thought I had ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) because my mind just goes off in every direction while I'm trying to focus on something....and then sometimes it doesn't..
A friend with almost enough credits to have a psychology degree told me he thought I had Central Auditory Processing Disorder. So I Googled it and it said reading comprehension issues was one of the problems of this disorder. I also have trouble understanding what people tell me. Sometimes I have to have things repeated more than once because it sounds scrambled to me the first time I hear it. My husband thinks I just can't hear. I've told him before, "I heard what you said, I just didn't understand you."
My friend also told me the therapy for this disorder is music, so me being a music teacher has helped me overcome this 'reading' issue. Now I can read much quicker with much better comprehension. I'm definitely a success story. I want to share my new found love and try my hand at writing.
And so on Oct. 2008, Fall Break of that year, I started writing. I've written the equivalent of three books so far.
I've been on websites and researched how to become a published author. It ain't easy.
Lots of hoops to jump through. Lots of writing, rewriting, editing...reading and learning about the craft of writing.
So here I am...close to my two year anniversary starting this new adventure. I'm being patient. If I get in a hurry, I'll screw it up. I want to make sure I'm doing everything right.
Hopefully, I'll not only have the 'know-how', but enough talent to be considered by an agent.
I want to use this blog to post my progress as a writer and the ups and downs of someone trying to break into the world of being a successful, published author...
and so....the adventure begins.....