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I am new to this site. Came here threading my way from a post on Gather and found this site and Authors Den. I am excited to see sites dedicated to readers and writers. And what writer isn't a reader? If you don't read you will be unable to write well. Reading is where we learn to hear others' voices, to find what we like or what we don't like and ultimately, to find our own voice.

I remember the first time I heard my own voice say in a small whisper, "Maybe I can write a story like this, too." And so I did. I wrote the story of a little girl when I was nine. Somewhere in the wasteland that was my childhood I lost that story as I lost so many other things. The story remained unfinished because as I went further into it, I got lost. I didn't know enough yet, to finish to my own satisfaction.

Later, I wrote poetry for class assignments, reports for school and even started a story or two, but I lacked instruction, encouragement and so I set it all away. Later, after marriage I tried again and began stories only to run out of gas. And so it went. LIfe has a way of getting in the way when you are not sure of your goal. Raising children, being in a marriage, working...all this gets in the way when you don't know where you are going.

But, now I know where I am going. I have some education behind me. I have experience behind me. I have family and friends behind me. So, it is time. Time for me to step up. To take pen in hand and say what I have to say. To say it as well as I can. To strive to give whatever I hold in my soul out, hoping to touch a person or two. But, mostly, to fulfill that early urge, to do 'that' too. To tell my stories. And so it goes. namaste

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