Today is not really the first step. It really started about 22 years ago, when I was eight. I sat on the deck in the warm summer sun and wrote a story about a girl who discovered an abandoned baby. I was sure that it would turn into a best seller and I would set a record for the youngest best seller in history...and then I never finished it. I stopped writing with my foot in mid-air of that first step. I went on to write many partial stories and poems over my lifetime (I only finished the ones that happened to be school assignments or that I was writing as model texts for my students). Then ten years ago I had a really life changing event (chronicled in my first memoir, coming soon), and decided I needed to write a book about it, thus picking up my foot to continue my first step. That was ten years ago and I have yet to put my foot down again. A year ago I finished the first draft of my first memoir...I am almost done editing and ready to publish -which I really don't know how to do, but I am going to try it anyway.
This past Tuesday I had an unexpended day off -a snow day. I finally put my foot down. I wrote a list of books I want to write. I told my husband "I am going to be an author!" He smiled and said "That is great!" He even got excited about it too and wants to illustrate for me. Tuesday was different, I did not just say I was going to be an author, I actually wrote a whole book! And I didn't stop! I applied for a tax number so I can actually sell books. And I didn't stop! I signed up for an iBooks account so I can publish e-books. And then I ran out of snow day and had to stop. For two days, eight hours of teaching followed by three hours of parent-teacher conferences put an end to my journey. But then this morning I heard a teacher's favorite sound -the phone ringing at 4:00 in the morning. Another snow day! So today I took step two. I created this website and I am writing my first ever blog.
Maybe no one will read my blog or my books. Maybe they will and they won't like them. Maybe people will make fun of me, but I don't care because I am on a journey. I don't know where this journey will lead, but journey's without a destination are usually the most exciting. I hope you will come with me on this journey, but if you won't that is ok...I am already two steps in and I'm not going to stop now.
Buenas noches desde mi casa a la tuya.