Recovering Self, Relishing Children, Realizing Joy Former Member of the Ficlet Community I am an avid reader – I’d rather read than watch most of what passes for television these days. I always wondered how difficult it would be to put the ideas roaming around in my head into words – so I’m taking the opportunity to try that now. I have a grand novel in my head – been thinking about it for years now. Haven’t been brave enough to sit and write it. So I thought I’d finally put down parts of it on Ficlets to get feedback as to whether the story was any good. Then a few months later they shut down the site. I WILL NOT TAKE THIS AS A SIGN!!!! I have posted that four-part ficlet series under the title "10 Years After the Plague" here on Protagonize. Let me know what you think of it! I will re-post some Ficlet items here - but obviously challenges would be difficult to post without the context. I have two beautiful children, and I am learning how to be the best Mom I can be. Trying to do that and maintaining a sense of self has been difficult - but I signed up for the challenge and I'm not going to give up on it now. None of the decent photos of me as an adult have been digitized yet, so I fall back on a toddler photo - when I was cute!