Tonight the NFL season kicks off, so I figured it was a good time to kick off my blog as well.
I recently had an epiphany, you see. I find that most of my mom friends kind of just go into this mom-shell for a while. Sometimes it is just until they are able to sleep more than 2 hours at a time. Sometimes they are in it until their baby goes to college. Mine lasted almost exactly eight years.
Not that I suddenly have less to do as a parent, mind you, but I feel like I've kind of hit a groove. I have my oldest two in school all day and my littlest man is pretty easy-going. I've hit a stride with my job (which I do from home) and have it under control. Our other activities are second nature at this point (soccer, parish council, etc.). So I had time to take a breath and think about me.
And here is what I thought..."I need a creative outlet!" Back in high school, I was in speech and I was a theater major in college. Theater is just not an option at this point. We have too much going on to try to throw a rehearsal schedule in there. So, I did some brainstorming and came to a conclusion that is, apparently, not all that unusual. I wanted to write for children.
I started to do some research and realized that a lot of stay-at-home-moms (SAHMs) also have this aspiration. It is a logical fit. I'm around kids all day. I love reading them books. In fact, I love books in general. I'm always thinking, "I could write that!" I'm a decent writer.
But then I did more research and quickly realized this is much more complicated than just deciding I want to write for children. I need some background, information, education, drive, connections, luck, time and skill. But that hasn't scared me away.
I've joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I'm going to my first conference in a month. I'm checking out every book I can about writing (I even purchased a few!). I'm making friends in the writing world and reading blogs and websites of writers/editors/agents. I've recently joined a critique group. I'm writing and re-writing and re-writing stuff. I'm submitting things to magazines and editors. And I'm starting this blog to document the journey!