October 14, 2011

Writers Feature 4

I'm introducing you to the members of my group of writers in the Platform-Building Campaign. Each Friday throughout the remainder of the campaign, I'll be featuring several writers from the nonfiction group. I hope you'll take the opportunity to get to know them:

When I was a kid – and by kid, I mean maybe 20-ish – I wanted desperately to write a book…. Someday…. I never actually attempted to write a book back then. I wrote – but it was bits and pieces – sort of journal style, sometimes chunks of poetry, mostly just the repetitive rants of a disillusioned, broke, and miserable kid. Society was my enemy. My life was my enemy. I had some grand idea that I had something to share with the world, but the world blocked my attempts, so I got angry at it.

In reality, I had no idea what I wanted to say, no dedication or willpower or follow-through to find a project and stick to it, no clue who I was or who I wanted to be. Eventually I became an adult and forgot all about it.

Almost two decades later, I had an epiphany. Actually, it may be more accurate to say I had something of a nervous breakdown. In any case – I remembered I wanted to write a book. And I finally had some fuel for it – some stories to tell and some pain. So began my attempt at writing a memoir. It’s not done yet. It will probably never be published unless I publish it myself and I haven’t yet decided whether I want to do that – but, in this space, I will document my attempts to write in the midst of living my normal life, and see where it all ends up.

I’m a Kansas farm girl who stormed the big city to earn a theatre degree only to find myself on the dark side of thirty married, infertile and wandering what the heck to do now. These musings and stories are my way of searching for answers. Be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly of uncertainty. If you can’t handle the ugly side of life or like to correct bad grammar – go away! If you can hang with me then you might be rewarded with an occasional laugh.

I have a BFA in Theatre Performance.  When we stay in one place long enough I do community theatre: acting and directing. After three moves in two years, we have landed in Savannah, GA with our two spoiled dogs, Saphron and Othello. While I try to keep my blog humorous, I do discuss my 9 years of infertility and our current adoption journey.  In my spare time, I'm training and completing a 5k per month during the year leading up to my 40th birthday. My works in progress include a historical fiction piece involving community theatre, time travel and the MacBeth curse and a non-fiction piece about my crazy adventures. I have been enjoying writing short stories and these longer pieces have been a fun challenge.  

Sheta Kay
I have over 15 years of firsthand experience in daily interaction with spirits and spirit guides, and I have effectively counseled scores of people to help them understand what was happening to them and how best to utilize the spirit-human relationship. I call myself a “skeptical, evidence-oriented mystic.”

I’m Editor in Chief of Rending the Veil, an online occult magazine. I am an Esoteric Nonfiction Editor for Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press. Based in Stafford UK, IP publishes horror, fantasy and science fiction novels by new and established authors.

D.J. Kirkby
D. J. Kirkby is a registered midwife, teaching midwifery two days per week and working three days per week for her local Public Health department. At the age of 40, she was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, in addition to dyslexia and dyspraxia. She has had short stories published in several anthologies. Writing under her academic surname she has had numerous articles accepted for publication, was a monthly columnist for FMA-UK magazine, and is now their midwifery link on pregnancy and childbirth. She is available for interviews, and to write articles on Asperger’s, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and midwifery.

Her debut novel, Without Alice, is available on Amazon.com.

A former nurse, I am now primarily a stay-at-home-mum to four lovely home educated little girls, a breastfeeding counselor and a freelance writer. I am proud to be a co-editor of the Women’s Views on News, the women’s daily online news and current affairs service.I also write short stories and I am working on my first novel, and I have a strong ambition to see my fiction published one day.

I’m stumbling along re-discovering life. Over the last couple of years by tried to blog about books and then I tried jewelry making. Now after years of playing around with various ideas I’m back to reading and writing. They have been a part of my life since I was about three but I’m way out of practice so I thought, “why not write a blog?”, of course.

I decided to jump in and just write. Good or bad, I’m going to keep track of my journey here. The tremendous among of great advice and information out there from very inspiring people has helped me get more focused over the past few months. Earlier this year I was part of an amazing writing group called Writer’s On Fire that was extremely motivating and helped me to find my voice again. I

Life will be too short if I stay stuck in the grips of fear all the time so I’m going to laugh as much possible and have fun writing. Of course I’m going to have to work at it as well but that’s part of the adventure.

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