I have to admit that I stole the tag line, I'm not hallucinating, I'm responding to internal stimuli, from author Amanda Forester! I laughed so hard when I read it, that I have been using it ever since! ;o)
(I hope Amanda doesn't confuse me with a stalker. Really, I'm not! I'm just a huge fan of her books and appreciate good humor. I'm a huge fan of James Patterson too, but to date he hasn't said anything funny enough that I'd want to repeat. ;o) )
This is my first ever attempt at blogging. Be gentle with me-I'm a virgin blogger.
While I'll probably blog about all manner of things, my focus shall be on writing and books. More often than not I'll probably write about my own writing. (I'm sure there is an English professor somewhere who is pounding his/her head against his/her desk at my last sentence! I simply couldn't find a better way to say what I wanted to say.)
I've had a little contest of sorts going at my Facebook page. On Friday, November 18, 2011 I will reveal the 'surprise' and the contest winner. I've had much fun leaving/giving clues and most of my friends are to the point of trying to trick me into telling them what the 'surprise' is. A few have even tried bribery.
I've been writing for decades but I've never shared anything I've written with anyone. I woke up one morning and realized that I was on the back side of forty and did not want to wake up on the back side of sixty and wonder why I never took the leap and tried to share my stories with anyone. The older I get, the more I realize 1, life is precious and too damned short and 2, if I am called by the reaper tomorrow, I'll probably wander the world aimlessly for all eternity because my soul won't be ready to go because I never took a big chance! (Yes, the English professor is probably pouring a shot of Gentleman's Jack right about now!)
So I've done it. I've taken that big leap, the one with no parachute. I've jumped and can only pray to land safely.
Writing was the easy part. Its the sharing it with others that is the hardest part. Think of what it would be like to strip yourself buck-assed naked and run down Main Street screaming "I'm naked! Look at me!!!" Sharing what you write is the same thing. While your husband might think you're quite beautiful, the rest of the folks on Main Street probably won't agree. They'll also be calling for the special sports jacket with the eight-foot sleeves. While they might appreciate your bravery, they might not like the act.
So the biggest worry is 'will they like it'??? Chances are, many won't. But if a few people do like what you've written, then it will be worth it.