Over the last several years I have branched out, trying new things. I know what you are thinking, now what is she up to? I have joined a group of people who plant trees along creeks and streams to help filter water runoff and give cover and sometimes food for wildlife. This has been a fun endeavor for me. I‘ve met some great people and helped with the planting of over 200 trees so far.
After my mother passed away my sisters handed me her handwritten notes for a book Mom was working on. It took months but I got it all on the computer and formatted. This was a memoir of her childhood years meant for family. Once it was completed I had copies printed for family.
This started me thinking about working on a memoir of my own. I played with memories and thoughts and put it aside. While attending a writer’s conference I took a workshop on collaborative writing. After the conference I called my sister. We chatted for a while and decided to tackle a memoir of our shared memories and “Sisters” began.
While “Sisters is still a work in progress we have made great strides this past year. Those of you that have read my work know I generally write about animals or critters as I call them. So this is a totally new endeavor for me.
Then I was approached about doing a story for an anthology about raising girls. Again, I am not used to writing about people. But I had raised a daughter so I thought I would give it a shot. I decided to write more than one story to increase my chances of getting into the book.
I went about the task, tweaked it a bit here and there, expanded on a point or two and finally finished three stories. One story in particular was a memory from long ago. The story has creativity, challenges, triumph and my memories. I wasn’t sure if this anthology the best new home for my story? Times like this are when trying something new is a bit scary. As the deadline approached I opened the file, reread what I had written and didn’t want to let it go. Eventually I took a deep breath and hit the send button.
Now we are just a few weeks away from the release of “ It’s All About the Girls”. I am glad I took the time to try something new and be part of this project
Trying new things doesn’t mean I won’t continue to do the things I love. I will continue to photograph wildlife and share my experiences in the field.
Trying new things came be scary, intimidating, and fun. Have you tried anything new lately? If not you should.
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