Well, hello there!

A couple of years ago I had an idea for a book. I made a “pppffff” noise and tried to push it out of my head, but it refused to leave. It called up some buddies, in fact, and the next thing I knew there were enough ideas for books and screenplays to drive me to distraction. (A problem, since I actually do have a day job.)

I started jotting the ideas into notebooks and even got a few really bad rough chapters of a first draft under my belt, but I couldn’t seem to stick with any of them long enough to follow completely through.

Then, about a year ago, an amazing thing happened: I had an idea that stuck. Just before this past Thanksgiving I saved the complete first draft of a full-length novel. (Word count: 55,530.) My goals for 2012 are to do a few rounds of revisions and then … *gulp*… start reaching out to agents/publishers.

The point of this blog is twofold. 1) I attribute my current level of success to the encouragement I received from family and friends as well as to the moments in my daily life that inspire me to be a creative being. This is where I want to thank those people, share those moments and hopefully inspire you to have creative moments of your own. 2) I want to share my experience trying to get this book ready and, with any good fortune, published. The sooner you fall in love with me, the better — having a built-in audience can’t hurt. 😉

Shout outs!

Mom, Dad, Nat and Ace — Thanks for being the best cheerleaders and publicists a gal could want. I’m going to need all of you to get on the computer regularly and comment on these posts. Nat, show Mom and Dad how to do that.

Dianna — Thanks for being my first reader and editor. Thanks for always being so excited and encouraging. 22 years and counting!

Sam — Thanks for making me laugh every day and reminding me how much fun it is to play with words. I can’t wait to read yours!

Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins — Thanks for the inspiration and I promise I’ll let you read it soon! (I know bundling them like that seems like a cop-out, but there are more than 50 of them and they know who they are.)

Last, but not least, thank YOU for reading! New posts will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please check back and comment often. It’s going to be a lot of fun. 🙂

~Stef

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13 thoughts on “Well, hello there!

  1. Pingback: Quote of the Week, for Sam « stefawrites

  2. Hello Stef! I love the fact that you are realizing your dream(s). I am sure that it has been frustrating at times and challenging to get through it, but once you do, you realize how gratifying it really is. The bonus is that through all of your struggles in your pursuit to completing your goals, in time you will see this through, as long as you are committed to it. And your finishing your goals will be all the more gratifying because you worked hard towards your success. In any case, whatever your goals in life are, you can achieve it if you are willing to put in the work that it requires to see it to its completion. We all know you are a hard worker and dedicated in all that you strive to do. Have faith and do it. We believe in you.

    Ps. I love the Mandalas.

  3. Well, here I sit once again entertained by your words. A gift for sure! I feel more creative just reading your blogs- does that count? Along with others I anxiously await your book. You know, as a person in the science field I struggle at times to just find the time to be creative. Most days in my career are so regulated and strIngent. Hard to switch gears. As I said, your creativity is inspiring and as Nacho says, XxOx

  4. Very proud of you-always. Keep on keeping on. Can’t wait to see where this takes you. Good luck good luck good luck! Love ya

  5. Thanks for the shout-out. 🙂 It hasn’t exactly been a chore to read for you. I’m officially taking credit for the following prediction, which I’ve only shared with you privately in the past: you are sitting on a goldmine. I’m honored to help you dig.

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