I will start at the beginning as I’m not sure where else to start. I’m 41 years of age and happily married to a man named Graham from Morgantown, West Virginia. This fall will mark our 12th wedding anniversary and I couldn’t be happier. He is the love of my life and makes everything I do seem worthwhile. He has always been my biggest cheerleader and gives me the encouragement that I need on a daily basis.
I need a great deal of encouragement right now as I am making some decisions in my life to try my hand at writing again. Yes, as an elementary student back at Maceo Elementary School, I was told by my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Young, that I should take up Journalism. That’s the first time I had ever heard that word but I soon put it out of my mind once I started into middle school and high school. You see, most of the people that worked at the school newspaper were popular or had a lot more guts than I did way back then to participate in an extracurricular activity such as this. Now, I did take a creative writing class under Mrs. Postlewaite my senior year in high school and I really enjoyed that process of coming up with something on the page that was uniquely my own. However, I still didn’t really do anything with my abilities.
Fast-forward to Kentucky Wesleyan College and I did write some articles for The Panogram newspaper and even helped to co-edit it for a short few months. I also participated in a semester-long practicum at the Messenger-Inquirer where I hoped to hone my skills and abilities to become the kind of writer that I thought I wanted to be someday.
Well, the newspaper writing business, it turns out is tougher than it looks, and the writing is much grittier than I really wanted to be involved in for the amount of pay that these other reporters seemed to be making. Mind you, I know that money is not everything, but you do need it to pay the bills.
In the meantime, I had decided to take a position at the local public library in my hometown and the rest they say is history. I received a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University in 2007 and I was inducted into the Gamma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, which is an International Library Honor Society. I have moved up in the ranks over the years and I am now a manager at the Daviess County Public Library in the Information Services department. I am very proud of my accomplishments and the hard work that it took for me to get here. I have been at this institution for over 18 years and I have witnessed many changes over time.
I am writing this blog today because I have finally figured out after all this time that I need and want to write. Perhaps you could call it a mid-life crisis of sorts or maybe it’s just that I’m suddenly realizing that I need to do what I have been put on this earth to do and that is to write. I don’t know where this blog will take me but for now I’m just grateful to be able to put pen to paper, or in this case, the typewritten word to the desktop screen.
I have so many varied interests so I haven’t yet decided what this blog will be about but I am certainly open to all the possibilities that are out there in the universe.
For now, I will sign off knowing that the next time I write again will be another very cathartic experience for me and hopefully bring me closer to what it is I’m supposed to be doing with a writing gig.