When I was 16 years old I wanted to be a journalist, but life happens and about 35 years later I’m still not a journalist by profession. However, I decided that shouldn’t keep me from being a writer. And what is the best place for a new, naïve writer to start – yes, a blog.
Writing runs in the family. My father was a devoted journalist, and from the time I could read the newspaper I was his most loyal fan. I admired his writing style – crisp, clear, short sentences, good leading paragraphs, and the way he researched his stories.
Over the years my desire to be a writer was diverted and diluted, but it never got completely off my radar and it ranked high on my bucket list.
Taking some continuing education classes in creative writing last year rekindled my passion for writing. However, I can’t picture myself as the “silent” type of writer who writes and puts “my stuff” in the drawer or leave it crumbling into nothingness on my hard drive.
Competing with about 70 million WordPress blogs (as of end of 2011) and zillions of other blogs, starting another blog seems like a daunting task. Let me digress here for a moment.
When I moved from Germany to the U.S. about 14 years ago, I had to rebuild my life from scratch. The only person I knew in my new living environment was my soon-to-be ex-husband. I did have my visa, but no work permit, and I felt quite confident about my knowledge of the language. Of course, by then I didn’t realize I was moving to Texas 😀 Ignorance is bliss. I learned to see every obstacle as a challenge, and since I can be quite competitive, I was determined to establish myself and get my life back. Which I did, and not so bad at all if I may say so.
Starting my blog won’t be so different from this experience. I’ll be probably my most devoted reader at first and over time I hope to make new friends who’ll find it worthwhile to read what I want to share with you.
Now, you’d probably like to ask me what you can expect reading my blog. I’ll let Forrest Gump answer this for me: “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
So, if you will, come along and share my writing journey – essays, excerpts, short stories and who knows what we’re gonna get.