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While living in Ireland I became interested in photography and writing. I tinkered around with writing about my life… not so interesting, or maybe it felt like too much work, too much pain. The photography gave me opportunities to be creative and learn a new skill. Of course, that was back in my SLR camera days. Now I have to relearn all over again with a digital camera.
I read the book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and loved it. I read it four more times within a few months. The details are amazing, and the story is intertwined with various moral messages. It made me think what an amazing legacy to leave behind.
Prior to moving to Ireland in 1975, during a difficult time in my life I picked up the book and read A Michener Miscellany by James Michener. It was his thoughts on writing, his writing. It created a real interest in reading. And so I began a love affair with reading, holding books in my hand, and going to a different place, time, and life.
After starting to do some writing myself I decided to send a letter to James Michener. It was a long letter, about seven pages, briefly describing a wee bit of my life, about reading his book, and my interest in writing. I never expected a response. About two months later I received an envelope from him with a letter which he had typed and signed himself. He said I was a very good story teller and should keep writing. WOW!
One morning the beginning of a story began walking through my head. I sat down with pad and pen. I wrote all day. My imagination could see the story told in other ways than just a published book! I continued to write for my own joy, never actually thinking about or believing I would one day get published. Circumstances and changes in my life, including returning to live in the U.S., trying to find work after being away for 12 years, going through a divorce, and literally starting my life over from scratch made the distance between starting the story and finishing it much longer than it should have
At one point I noticed there was a part of the story which could be told on its own as a short story, and I began letting a few people read it. I also read it to my Small Faith group from church. The responses were mind blowing to me. People began to tell me I was wrong not to share it with the world. One day, my boss at the time who was the VP of Marketing, a no-nonsense tell it like it is kind of person said she would like to read some of my writings. I included the short story part of the longer story, along with some poems. After reading my work she said they were very well written and she really liked all of them. She said she would look forward to reading the whole story about Little One. Coming from her that was icing on the cake. I began looking for a publisher.
What a special joy in my life when my first book “Little One ~ End of Journey Alone” was published July 2003. From the day I got word my book was to be published, through to the point of actual publication and after, there were amazing blessings which I could never have imagined.
A favorite Quote from Marcel Proust “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
I have seen with new eyes through my heart and soul, and now know the path God is leading me on and trusting in His blessings along the way. I am so grateful for the gift of finally knowing the purpose for my life, even though it seems strange to me.
Life is more beautiful and blessed when we let God take control and guide us. I am excitedly waiting for the next surprise He has planned for my life.
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