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Mesg #91398 "Hugs to you"
Author CatrinP     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon Aug-20-12 06:03 AM
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for the past, the present and the future.

Let me tell you of my experience.

I'm a maths person, did a maths degree way back when, majoring in computer science (before the acronym IT was born) and have been a mathematical programmer for 30 years.

I avoided English in school as much as I could. I could write an essay, but even though I read as my escape, I hated writing fiction. No imagination, totaly inability to put words together nicely, failed to spell, hated grammar and all the rules and exceptions and exceptions to the exceptions. *shudder*

By comparison Maths and computing languages are so much nicer and easier to deal with (even with letters mixed in with the numbers *grin)

Years later my mother got alzehimers, at the young age of 67. Not always close to her emotionally - we were too much alike - my family and I lived 15 minutes from Mum and Dad, and I worked with Dad. My boys were in primary school (elementary school in US I think). I saw Mum almost daily, with Dad and with my boys. She had always been physically and mentally active.

Watching her her mind disintergrate on a daily basis was almost more than I could handle. But I did, for Dad and for my boys. Dad and I continued to run his business, as well as caring for Mum at home. We continued to have weekly family dinners and the boys continued to interact wth Mum.

And suddenly I have images in my head I couuldn't get rid of. Nonsensical images. Images that belonged in a TV series or something. And they kept repeating, in my dreams, in quiet moments, in inopportune moments.

I told a friend and she blithly said I should write it down.

I snorted. That would be like writing fiction.

Three days later I was sitting in front of my PC supposedly writing code and fixing a database for work but I was writing the story.

I didn't go to bed. Hubby rolled his eyes the next morning but understood (so he thought) - I would often do this when a deadline was looming. Told me to nap during the day when the boys were at school.

I didn't. I wrote. Deadline looming for work, but I wrote words. I wrote well into the next night, napping for a couple of hours, and into the next day.

That was June 14th 2005. I haven't stopped writing since, not for any great lenght of time.

Mum died in 2007, 10 days short of her 70th birthday. I grieved and I wrote.

Hubby now knows I write, and still rolls his eyes when I come to bed at 3am, though he's never sure if I'm programming or writing. My sons know too.

My recent real life stresses have halted the words and I'm getting back into it after a few months, but I totally understand the need to escape through words.

Hugs again, and don't think you are odd. You're as normal as a writer can be.

  

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Anybody Else Respond This Way? [View all] , Wandering Author, Sun Aug-19-12 11:07 PM
  RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, whilstwhile, Aug 20th 2012, #1
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, Dreamerscove, Aug 20th 2012, #2
Hugs to you, CatrinP, Aug 20th 2012 #3
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, Erin_M_H, Aug 20th 2012, #4
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, RavenCorbie, Aug 20th 2012, #5
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, Laevus, Aug 20th 2012, #6
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, KatsInCommand, Aug 20th 2012, #7
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, magic seeker, Aug 20th 2012, #8
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, dabrownofmn, Aug 20th 2012, #9
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, Chevaliersg, Aug 22nd 2012, #10
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, mskitty, Aug 22nd 2012, #11
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, GlendaKP, Aug 23rd 2012, #12
RE: Anybody Else Respond This Way?, crimson_angel, Aug 26th 2012, #13
Update - and Thanks, Wandering Author, Aug 28th 2012, #14
RE: Update - and Thanks, Erin_M_H, Aug 28th 2012, #15
RE: Update - and Thanks, MarFisk, Sep 02nd 2012, #16

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