As I sat down at my computer thinking of the subject of my post, I was steered in an entirely different direction than the one I had envisioned. Much the same way as when I’m writing a manuscript.
Two months ago when I wrote my first post, I related how I began my career in writing but failed to tell you anything about myself or my book, Fair Play. Many of you expressed interest, and I promised I would write about it in February. As with what usually happens when I write, my next post drifted in another direction.
So this month I decided to write about my book, but instead my thoughts were filled with my SMP sisterhood and I was compelled to write them down.
Over the last couple of months I have gotten to know many of you through Facebook, Twitter and your blogs. What I have discovered is that I have been privileged to be inducted into an amazing group of women who are dedicated, caring individuals who go out of their way to support each other, both career-wise and personally. A group of women with an overabundance of talent, wit, and wisdom, who do not hesitate to help when they are needed. They have given me a small glimpse of their lives and I have found that each and every one of them are busy writing and promoting their books, yet still finding the time to put on the myriad of other hats that they selflessly don for their family and friends.
As a member of this sisterhood I would like to give you a glimpse into my life so you can better get to know me. While I don’t wear half the hats you do, I do have a few other titles, besides author, which require my attention. I am a wife, mother and grandmother and would like to introduce you to my tribe. I say tribe because my immediate family consists of 38 people, not including pets. I have 7 grown children with mates and 23 grandchildren, and we’re still growing. I also have a large number of children and grandchildren by unofficial adoption. You can imagine the menagerie when we get together.
I know what you’re thinking and you’re right. We are a large group but not as large as I had hoped. My husband and I originally wanted 9 children - yes I did say 9 - but after my 7th I was unable to have more. Yes, I do know that the earth is overpopulated, but I felt the need to contribute nonetheless and have never regretted a second of it. Of course when my children became older, they did purchase a TV for our bedroom so I would stop reproducing.
My life is not perfect, as aren’t my children, but each and every one of them support me wholeheartedly and are generous, loving people, who welcome everyone without judgment or reservation. I can say that now because they’re grown up, but believe me there were days when I wasn’t sure I would let them live.
As time goes on I’m sure other facets of my personality will come out, but I’ll let you discover them for yourself, so I still retain some mystery.
We continue to add to our sisterhood and I look forward to getting to know every one of you. Welcome and I’m sure you’ll find the camaraderie that I have.
When you finish reading this you should hear a loud noise - that it is the sound of my hands applauding you for the talented, wonderful group of writers that you are and that I have the good fortune of working with.