How do I even start this.... the journey that starts with the first step? This is my first step, I suppose. I decided to start posting here for several reasons. First of all, it gets a bit old, everyone asking me "do you do anything else all day besides Facebook?" I know they're trying to be funny, but I get the feeling that it's a thinly veiled insult. The answer is "Yes. Yes, I do." I get massages and pedicures and manicures. I eat bonbons and am fanned by scantily-clad cabana boys as I lounge by the pool all day, sipping fruity drinks....... (wake up, Melanie)..........
Duh. I wish. I live in Bellevue, TN. I'm a home-based mom. (I give my friend Julea credit for this term. It better describes what we do, don't you think? Do you ever really "stay at home"?) I do not have a housekeeper. Or a driver. Or a personal chef. I have a 9 year old daughter, who is in 4th grade at a public school. I have, quite possibly, the best husband on the face of the earth. And a great dog. And a turtle. We love our friends and family (even though, I warning you now, I'm going to be writing about them. They're very entertaining, trust me.) We love our church. We stay plenty busy. But navigating these roads can sometimes seem treacherous. Because, as busy as I am, I also think. A lot. About many things. Not just about what I'm cooking for dinner or where I'm shopping for paper towels this week. I hope to share some of those thoughts with you, here. And maybe you'll find that we have something in common. Or not. That's interesting too.
I've known I wanted to be a writer since I was in 2nd grade. In a talent show, when all the other kids were doing dance routines and singing, I composed and read a poem. It seemed like the natural thing to do. I've dabbled in poetry, short stories, and screenwriting. I've majored in English Lit, creative writing, and film. Yet I'm not living in L.A. or NYC. Hard to believe, right? After Sassy was born, my life changed. (understatement) I went from working in a creative field, surrounded by creative people, doing creative things, always thinking in the back of my mind "I'm going to have something produced/published/adapted" to being a "creator" in a vastly different way. That has been the most fulfilling job I've ever had. Giving to others always is. But lately I've been feeling like my little light is burning again. Hopefully, my blog, goodnightmoonbeams, will be a way for those little rays to shine. And simply, a writer writes.
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