Inbloguration

by Julie Frayn on January 18, 2012 in  Writing

Well here I am.  This is my inaugural blog post.  Are you riveted yet?

What does a chick write in her first blog entry?   Since my family and friends will likely be the only readers of these initial thoughts – you know, until a million people find me and, inexplicably, want to follow along – then maybe it should be something a bit more personal.

I have been writing since I first picked up a pencil.  Poetry, essays, short stories, and now my first novel.  I can’t vouch for the quality; I’ll let others do that.  All I know is that writing fuels me.  It’s an escape from the everyday.  Not that there’s anything wrong with my every day.  But it is a life lived safely.  Somewhat narrow in scope.  When I write I can be anywhere, see everything, do things I am too chicken to do in real life.  Cool.

I’ve met some pretty amazing people in this quest.  There are the other writers, the instructors and published authors, all of whom have been invaluable to my growth as a writer.  But the most amazing people I’ve met are the characters I create.  People who do not exist in the physical realm but who are so very real in my head.  While writing my novel I fell in love with every one of them (well, except for some creepy men and two very bad mothers).  Some of them did things that surprised me.  Some of them made me cry.  The hardest part was not mothering the teenagers.  I’ll stick to mothering the two I live with and let the cards fall where they may for my fictional children.

With the current draft of my novel out to friends, family and peers for critique, I find I miss them all terribly.  The characters I mean.  I don’t have to miss family and friends – they are always right where I need them to be.

It’s time to start writing another novel and meet some new people.

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Carolyn January 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

riveted… always. :) Congratulations on your first website little systir!

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Julie January 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thank you, soul systir. And thanks for making me this beautiful site! You rock…

Mitch January 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Well now, as one of the “chosen” who got a first draft, I congratulate you on the novel, the blog and your amazing ability to put words on a page of any kind and intrigue me! For a girl who was the “nerdy girl” in junior high, you sure blossomed as an adult and your sense of humour is divine! I’m so glad to get to know you as an adult and to share the same neighbourhood (again!). Thank you for trusting me to read your first project. I’m really looking forward to a sequel or the next project that comes along. You rock Ms. Juliebird!

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Julie January 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks my friend. Not sure if a sequel to this story is in the cards, but for sure, a second novel! Then a third… :)

shelley January 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

Your William Blake quote took me back in time to a favorite little book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull.. another inspiring bird

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Julie January 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

I have and love that book too!

I love this line: “Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”

kymber January 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hey Jules,

I’m so happy for you. There’s nothing more empowering than taking that plunge to follow your dream. Congrats girl!

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Julie January 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Kymber! :)

Sean Farley January 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Well, you have a new follower in ME! I know how it is to be a new blogger (had one in the past but just restarted again). My friend Cindy V put your blog on Facebook so I had to see! I, too, am an aspiring writer. I can’t wait to read more!

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Julie January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thanks, Sean! I will check yours out as well. We aspiring writers have to stick together! :)

Cindy Van January 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Julie, This is so wonderful! I am elated you are following your dream! The day we stop dreaming is the day we die, so Dream big, and have FAITH not Hope, that it will come to fruition!!! I love you!

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Julie January 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thank you Cindy! Not ready to give up the dream yet. :) Love to you!

Lori Moritz January 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hi Julie! This looks very nice! I look forward to reading some more blog posts.

L, Lori

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Julie January 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thanks, Lori! Plan on posting once or twice a week. Maybe more often when I get in the swing of things… :)

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