Monday, April 7, 2014

F is for Finding Life

'Finding Life' is the working title of my book.  I say working because if I go with a publisher that could change and there is one other book out there with this title.

I love this title because I think it fits the story perfectly and because it is what happened to me when I discovered writing.

I had given up so much of myself for my children, especially my creative endeavors.  I could not work on stained glass while I was pregnant, then I couldn't have trays with shards of glass around with a toddler nor could I have paints or an easel.  I also had to give up scuba diving when I was pregnant and constantly trying to get pregnant.  It is something we still haven't had added back to our life because it is a full day away and the cost of diving and the sitter are exorbitant.  Plus we would have to travel for the really good diving and that is out of our budget, thanks to kids sports and day care costs.  

It took me a while to notice that I no longer had creative endeavors.  The artistic photos I used to take had been replaced by photos, many photos, of my children doing everything.  All of my stained glass equipment had long since been forgotten and even if I dragged it out I didn't have time to sit around and work on it or any place safe to leave out projects in progress.  While sitting at one of my son's many long and boring practices I started writing.  The words poured out of me and when I was home and had time to think about my day I realized it was the first time in a long while that I felt fulfilled.  I was not tired and worn out I was anxious to get back to my notebook.

Writing itself has helped me get back my creative energy and fulfilled my life but then when I joined the community of writers I have met and made friends with the most amazing people.  Something none of my other creative endeavors had ever done to this extent.  The writing community is wonderful.

Even if I never progressed forward and published anything I am so fulfilled and happy with the time I spend writing and the people that I have met that is all the reward I need.

Thanks to everyone who has joined and helped me on this journey.


  1. I'm an AZtech minion stopping by to say hi! Writing for yourself, for the reward it brings YOU, is the best reason for writing that there is.

    1. Thanks for visiting. I love the idea of tying your a to z themes in with your story.

  2. Blogging and being part of a writer community has changed my life too. I think other bloggers would agree. Working titles do change, but you always need a starting point. Good luck, Kat!

    1. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Your blog for this challenge amazes me. I love visiting. 'See' you again tomorrow.

  3. Hooray hooray hooray for getting back your creative energy! This makes me smile from ear to ear! I learned from my children they are happiest when I am happiest.. and that includes shining with my creativity and being ok with not having the tidiest house and garden home. Love reading your posts!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    A to Z Challenge Participant/2011,12,13,14.....
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

    1. I can't believe how long it took me to realize the truth that if I am happy, not just present with my kids, that they are happier too. Even though I still get some comments when I go to my 'office' they are happier and proud of me for doing what I love. I know that modeling that behavior now, especially for my daughter is being the best parent I can be.

      I love your blog but cannot leave a note on it. The last three attempts have ended in typad errors. Please know I visit often. I love your photos you use.