Aspirations, Ambitions and Pipe Dreams

Ray Bradbury said, “My stories run up and bite me on the leg – I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.”

That’s how writing is for me. I get these ideas and I just have to write them down.

I’ve been writing stories and other things since I was a kid. It didn’t take me long to figure out that made me a little weird. I was a prolific playwright…and even managed to talk kids into performing my masterpieces. I shudder to think about that now… ha ha! Anyway, the writing bug went into hibernation when I got married and started my family, but in recent years it’s come back – maybe because now that they’re grown and growing up (Two still at home, two out of the nest!), I finally have time to write.

Surprisingly, what came out, fast and furiously, were romance novels. I was so embarrassed, it took me a whole year to tell my husband what I was working on. Ah! The look on his face… priceless. Being the supportive husband he is, he read them and encouraged me to keep writing. That was eight years ago…and I am still a little embarrassed! I’d like to see them in print as a collection under the name The Chalk Dust Series. Self-publishing may be in my future…

Since then, I’ve plugged away at those stories and tried my hand at a few other genres, as well.

I’ve practiced writing narratives and other shorter, informative-type pieces, which I quite enjoy… but I really need to get over my shyness and talk to people – it’s on my To Do list. Who knows? Maybe someday soon, I’ll get brave enough to submit something to a magazine.

I’m also working on a series of children’s stories called The Adventures of Rolf and Billy about a German Shepherd named Rolf, a retired detective, who solves mysteries in the small town of  Woods Edge with the help of his annoying neighbor, Billy the Goat. I got the idea from a real German Shepherd and Billy Goat duo that I often saw wandering the streets of the small town where I live. What were they doing? I wondered. They seemed to have places to go and people to see! I just thought it was funny and my imagination kicked into high gear. These stories crack me up! Of all the stuff I’ve ever written, I think they are my best hope at getting published. What I need is an illustrator! At first, I thought maybe I could do it myself, but now I’m having second thoughts…

In yet another leap of genres, I have a Sci-Fi/Fantasy story about a spoiled, ne’er do well heiress forced by her father to take a job as an inter-stellar investigative reporter looking into mysterious disappearances through-out the solar system. I am beginning to think this one is cursed…because I have not been able to get it off the ground – which is sad, because I think it has great potential. (Sci-Fi and Fantasy are way out of my comfort zone – there’s so much technical stuff I don’t know and probably never will!) Anyway, we’ll see…I haven’t given up on it just yet!

“You only fail if you stop writing.” (Another Ray Bradbury quote…Did I mention that I’m a quote freak?)

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