I’m the mother of three intelligent, adventurous and very opinionated children (1 a college graduate and now studying abroad, 1 in college and 1 in high school), and the wife of an equally challenging husband. I wanted a place to express myself… however I want, on the topic of being a mother, wife, and woman: unedited, un-nuanced, unfiltered, and un-corrected. No holds-barred. Straight up, with a twist… my twisted take on things.
I live in the NW corner of Washington state. No doubt, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Interesting people and natural beauty abound. While I grew up in the Boston area, and will always be tied to that place, this is where I belong, where I am anchored, and a place I have been happy to raise my kids and live. There isn’t a single day that passes, when I don’t feel grateful that I landed here.
There are lots of things that make me who I am… plenty good, and plenty not. I practice yoga (and have for 15 yrs now); I ski; I paint; I enjoy photography and draw; I LOVE to travel and do it as often as I can; I love hiking and I love to read. I am always happy in the forest, especially the deep, lush forests of the Pacific NW. I am always happy on a ridge, above the tree line (even if I hate uphill climbs). However, I will always NEED to be near the sea. That is where I am the most, me… my natural habitat.
The thing that truly drives me however, and has since I won a “Pulitzer Prize” in sixth grade, is that I want to be a writer. It’s with me every day, and every night, even if I lost track of that for a few years being “Mom.” It colors and sometimes defines how I see the world: how would I write this down? It’s no longer a conscious effort, I just automatically watch things, and and find myself working out how I might put the details of the world around me, into words. I am forever editing something that is being written, in my head.
I thought a blog would be a great place to play with that effort. While I thought of starting this blog a couple of years ago, and came up with the name Tales From The Motherland at that time, it took me much longer than I’d anticipated to actually put it into action. I let procrastination, raising kids and filling my time with other things, always get in the way of the writing. I figure I’m about 10 years (at least) off my game plan at this point. Now that I have started this, I hope to blog at least twice a week, and be as honest as I can about the way I experience and see things. That’s not always easy, as I know some people won’t agree, and I can’t help but feel vulnerable at times, saying what’s really gurgling below the surface… but as a writer, I like the challenge.
I’ve completed my first novel and I’m working on numbers 2 and 3 in the “Gray room.” I hope to see the first published sometime by early 2013. Two of my blog posts were included in Tangerine Tango, Women Writers Share Slices of Life, available on Amazon and Create Space, and edited by Lisa Winkler, available on Amazon (all proceeds go to Huntington’s Disease Society of America/HDSA).
I’d like to connect with people through my writing. If you read my posts, feel free to give feedback… I may not always agree, but I always appreciate what others have to say. Feedback brings awareness, awareness brings growth. Thanks for sharing the journey.