So let me start by saying this: I am not a writer. I tried writing a clever little poem about how I am not a writer. It went badly. I consider myself to be a professional appreciator. Writing is so romantic and beautiful, and it's just something I've never felt very confident doing, so I appreciate the art and the images others are able to create with just words.
I read. Everything. I prefer fiction, usually YA, fantasy/sci-fi books to historical fiction, but I am in the middle of one of my new favorite books ("All The Light We Cannot See") about a little French girl and a German boy during the rise of Hitler and the bombing/invasion of France. It is because of the writing in this book I have really had an itch to start writing. If I can ever come close to making someone feel the way his writing makes me feel, it will be one of the greatest successes of my life. I bought a journal and have been trying to write at least once a week. I keep my favorite quotes from the books I read and try to write for the sake of writing. Writing for myself is cathartic, it's the publishing that is scary. Here's to trying!
Just so you know me a little, I am a 2nd year Spanish teacher in West Texas. This year, on the day two-a-days started, I was hired as an official volleyball and track coach! I come from a long line of teachers. Both of my parents, my grandparents, my great uncle, and my maternal grandmother are/were all teachers. Science, Art, Economics, Government, Geography, Math, Basketball, PE, and Piano. And I added Foreign Language to the list.
If I won/found/was gifted a billion dollars, I would do a bunch of adult things that I now would consider victories. I'd pay off all of my student loans, I would pay for my master's degree with cash instead of taking out more loans. I'd buy a house on the good side of town and a new couch for my new house. The current one is... well loved... by humans and cats. I would buy a new car and pay off my brother's truck. I'd invest a good chunk into my IRA and the stock market, and save the rest for my hypothetical-future-kids' college. It's expensive now, I hate to see what it's going to be like in 20 years.
I hope this isn't too long! I'm so excited to be a part of the SOLC15 and am looking forward to getting to know you all!