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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
What do you mean you didn’t know I was a writer?
Yes, I am a published author who is breaking into the romance genre and praying hard for my first sale! But I’ve heard several of you say…”I didn’t know you were a writer” and follow up with “But…your blog isn’t like other writer’s blogs”
My answer to this is: Yes, I’m a writer and No, my blog isn’t like other authors. I didn’t want my blog to be categorized and made to fit into a writer’s format of blogs.
Don't get me wrong...nothing wrong with that, if you don't mind sharing a lot of personal stuff. And you've got a lot of interesting things happening in your life to share...I don't.
I guess it's the Irish in me. Just got to be different. I wanted to entertain and inspire my readers with awesome articles, blurbs and thought provoking questions…I wanted my blog to be fun. Telling you I'm in front of my computer all day isn't my idea of fun.
So, I didn’t do the usual “Here’s what’s happening in my day.”
Now you're asking…well, how will a visiting editor know you’re an author if you don’t fit into the writer’s blog format and talk about writing?
My answer: I could be wrong but I think my blog header and the tabs below it say it all as far as telling blogs villagers and editors I’m a writer. I would assume based on the articles I write and publish here…most of the time…a visiting editor can tell I know how to write…and entertain with my words.
So…what do I do all day?
I sit here in me den and write. I work hard to find ways to carry my readers to far and distant lands and worlds never traveled. I seek to scare,
and create fantasies
for your heart and mind to remember long after you’ve put one of my books down.
Why do you do it, you ask?
I write because I have to. Yap, it’s as simple as that. I DO NOT know how NOT to write. It’s a passion that drives me to sit here 16 hours a day, every day…I do it because I love writing.
My head is filled with wonders and worlds never seen…people who want and need a voice to speak to you through me…my writing allows that for them; my characters. Each seeking to find you and tell you their tale…of mystery, of the future, the paranormal and their historical past. They all want to share the story of their greatest love…because its true love and they want you to know…true love exists.
So, a rare moment I step out of my world of privacy and share with you a wee bit of me and why I do what I do.
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom.
Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to show you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.
Please consider telling others about this message...tell them to come here to read and ponder then pass along, so none of us will ever forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.
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