"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's A Calling

Sunset from Little Round Top - Gettysburg, PA
Photo by Loree Huebner

I've been seriously writing for about ten years now.  When I really think about it, writing has always been in my blood.  Even as a child, I always knew I would be a writer.  I didn’t come from a long line of writers; I came from good storytellers.  Writing, however, didn’t take root in my life until major events happened.  The time and the season had to be right.  Once I did start to put words on paper, it came as natural as breathing.  I take on a spirit of joy. 

It’s a calling. 
Some writers can’t explain what drives them.  I’m one of them.  I only know that I experience an abrupt emptiness if I don’t tell that story, or write that particular piece.  I have found that the heart of a writer aches in a way that most cannot explain in their own words, not even on paper. 
Not everyone has this calling. 
The first time I told my best friend that I was writing a book, she just sat there, politely nodding and smiling as I excitedly rambled on about the plot and my vision.  She seemed to try hard to follow along, but I knew she just didn’t get it.  She didn’t understand my passion.  This is when I realized that writing could put me in a very lonely place—a place of joy that I could not share, even with my best friend.
Ever try to explain your writing to a friend or family member who doesn’t write?  Did they understand, or just politely nod their heads?  “Uh yeah…uh huh.”
Between you, me and the gate post,

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Blog is Born

Well, I have broken the champagne bottle and launched my first blog.  It’s a scary thing putting your words out there for all to read. 
What am I afraid of?  I am a writer, am I not?
I ask that you please excuse my blog as it is still under construction.
Today, I invite any stories from veteran bloggers on their first blogging experience, or any good advice while I put this thing together.  It will take me a few days, but I hope to have it up and running full swing by the beginning of next week.  
Thanks for your patience.
Between you, me and the gate post,