Words always came easy to me. (Easier, for sure, than numbers.) I loved the challenge of the blank page, the possibilities offered to me by such unexplored terrain. When I was in high school, I filled countless journals with my scribblings -- poetry, short stories, or just ramblings about my day. I miss those nights when I would spend hours pouring my heart out into those notebooks.

I believe there is something to be said for the old fashioned style of writing - of pen on paper. The sound of one's pen scratching on paper provides an almost visceral sense of accomplishment that typing just doesn't achieve in quite the same way.

But maybe that's just me - I have been accused of being a hopeless romantic before.

I wish I could say I grew up wanting to be a writer, but I didn't. I had a long dalliance with the idea of becoming a child psychologist, but when I realized I had to take statistics, I opted out. It was my love of words that led me to my current occupation, that of an English teacher.

Unfortunately, teaching seemed to sap me dry of all my creativity. In the first six years that I worked as a teacher, I barely wrote anything. It was as if my muse had abandoned me, or perhaps it was that all my creativity was being poured into my lesson plans. I'm not sure. All I know is that I felt as though a vital part of me was missing.

Ironically, it was one of my own students who lured me back into creative writing. penguincaptain (aka, Vicky) introduced me to the marvelous writing community you're probably all sick of hearing about, Ficlets (and in turn, I introduced her to Protagonize!). From the moment that I hit the publish button for that first ficlet, my first story since lord knows when, I hit the ground running (erm, ficletting?) and haven't looked back since.

penguincaptain has a wisdom far beyond her years, plus a really wicked-brilliant sense of humor, as is evident in her writing. If you're not familiar with her work, please do yourself a favor and check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Another ficleteer that sticks out in my mind is Alexa1018. She always has a kind comment and was one of the first people I "met" on Ficlets. I had a lot of fun participating in the Simon series with her. We need to bring that over here, Alexa!

Last but not least, another Ficleteer who's made a difference in my writing is BARomero. His contributions to my "Death and the City" series gelled perfectly with what I had in mind for my characters.

Sadly, Ficlets is going the way of the dodo. But I was fortunate to be blessed a second time with a new community, Protagonize. I heard about it on Facebook, of all things, and decided to check it out. I'm glad I did. Protagonize seems to be as varied and wonderful as Ficlets was, and I look forward to forging new connections here.

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