Thanks to BeetleyPete for inspiring this series with a similar one of his own that he published on his blog in December of last year.
I find writing a delight. To me, it’s a labor of love. For once, I don’t complain when I have to work weekends.
I’ve always enjoyed making up stories, even when I was a kid. But when I was in high school, a creative writing teacher’s negative attitude toward my work and my mother rewriting everything I wrote made me think I wouldn’t be good enough as a writer.
In 2000, after my mother died and I got my first computer and discovered how easy it was to correct typographical errors, I started creating poems and stories.
Well, to be more precise, I started writing while my mother was still alive, but after she passed, I began taking the craft more seriously, subconsciously figuring that she could no longer rewrite my work. Over the next few years, I joined several writers’ organizations and attended conferences and workshops on a regular basis. Some of my work was published. At the time, I was practicing as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents and found it hard to balance writing with a 40-hour work week.
`In 2005 when I married Bill, he persuaded me to quit my day job and other obligations and start writing full-time, and I’m glad I did. If not for Bill, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He passed in 2012, but I’m still writing.
Is there something you do that you find a delight? Please tell us about it.
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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?
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