I developed the love for newspapers the summer of my sixth grade, (1976) when we stayed in a camp without running water or electricity. Under the camp porch were stacks upon stacks of old newspapers. I read, and then, I fervently cut out the articles that interested me. I learned how to scrapbook by pasting the articles of interest neatly among the pages of Ladies Home Journal and Better Homes and Garden. (I still have a couple of these old scrap-magazines with yellowed articles.)
I wrote my own newspaper version for family and friends, sharing the interesting things that went on in our home. I think my parents and my sister would have preferred I didn’t share some things. In high school I wrote for the school newspaper and published my first front page article in 1982, when the strongest earthquake in 120 years hit New England, and registered 5.9 on the Richter scale.
Years passed and what I hoped to be a profitable writing career took backseat to marriage and babies, and ultimately a real paying job. I tried to keep writing by taking correspondent courses and college creative writing courses when I had the extra money, which wasn’t very often.
Many years after dog grooming, radio sales, car sales, pizza making, and secretarial work, I was lucky enough to secure a job at a direct mail/marketing company. I was offered the task of writing the company newsletter. Of course it was to be done in my spare time and there was no monetary compensation involved. But it was fun and I was writing something that someone else wanted to read. I wrote on and off for seven years until the company decided they wanted a “professional” newsletter.
I eventually gave that job up and moved to South Carolina. It was time for a change. I became co-owner of a small business with my best friend. I created, designed and maintained the company website as well as all of the marketing materials, until we had to close it. I soon was able to write more often because I worked for the company in the home office and the boss is my husband (kudos for me).
I helped write a promotional cookbook for a Christian Discipleship program designated to help men and women who are suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. I have been published in Cooking Pleasures and I have been blogging recipes for quite a few years. I like to believe that the recipe blog has been a great tool for many cooks.
Anyone can write to bring accolades to themselves. I never was one for listing my achievements however after writing this I found it a revelation to see that I actually do have a small list of accomplishments. I don’t think there is anything new under the sun that can be written, but I do believe there are ways to take a topic and write it in a fresh and innovative manner so that it appears to be new.
I would like to believe and I hope that one is not judged on their biography but on their ability to convey the topic at hand in an interesting and fun manner. As the old saying goes, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Please enjoy my blog and I hope maybe I inspire you somehow.